Wrapped in Rough, Wrinkled Skin

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By Marcia Hanscom

A friend recently invoked the spirit of the snake, telling me about her experiences with a friend from afar that she referred to as a “snake” – but really meaning she didn’t want much to do with him. How did snakes get such a bad rap? And how is it that most of us feel at least a little squeamish when talking about the fauna with which we share the planet that pre-date our species by millions of years? Reptiles and amphibians are intriguing to us as children, but by the time we become adults, it seems that only those who belong to the local herpetology society or are hard-core naturalists retain that sense of wonder.
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Summer at the Marsh Part 2


The summer I learned from our school system meant that the season began in mid-June and ended just after Labor Day. That time period for summer matches up pretty closely with the season of the summer solstice.

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But in southern California our subtropical climate is different from northern geographies where snow and leaves on the ground mark the seasons of winter and fall. Read More...