Environment

'An October calf, a new addition to the county's working landscapes.' –Dianne 

Dianne Engleke is an artist, photographer and naturalist living in beautiful Dutchess County, NY.

'Autumn brings colorful leaves and White-tailed Deer eager for windfall apples'-Dianne. 

Dianne Engleke is an artist, photographer and naturalist living in beautiful Dutchess County, NY.

 
Citizen Scientist

My wife just came in from the garden with an autumn bounty of vegetables grown about 100 yards from our front door—kale, broccoli, carrots and tomatoes. During the next few weeks, we will also store a few potatoes, garlic and squash for the winter. Our food production brings the comfort of knowing that we used no pesticides, GMO varieties, and industrial fertilizer. Indeed, some gnarly looking vegetables reassure that view; you would never see such specimens in the local supermarket.

“It's hard to miss the noisy, hyperactive Red Squirrels in any season, but especially during the pinecone and nut gathering Fall.” –Dianne Engleke 

Dianne Engleke is an artist, photographer and naturalist living in beautiful Dutchess County, NY.

 

 

 

Bill Schlesinger's Blog

October 4, 2015- There is probably no word more overused in environmental vocabulary than “sustainability.” Universities have sustainability officers. Fisheries biologists and foresters talk of maximum sustainable yields. Corporations tout sustainable development. Not far beneath the surface, all of these folks are really interested in raising the impact, harvest or profit of their operation, with the best possible public image.

Sustainability became vogue in 1987 with the publication of the Brundtland report—Our Common Future, defining sustainable development as:

“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future  generations to meet their own needs.”

'Autumn is a good time to see Spring Peepers as they look for winter shelter in leaf litter and wood piles, taking time out to sunbathe.'- Dianne 

Dianne Engleke is an artist, photographer and naturalist living in beautiful Dutchess County, NY.

 
by Arvolyn Hill

On Sunday, September 27 the moon and sun gave us a spectacular show. Sunday's full moon was a super moon meaning the moon was closer to Earth than usual. As well it was the last lunar eclipse in a series of four spanning two years. Following the eclipse the moon turned a copper red color, the blood moon. The next time the moon will repeat this action will be 33 years from now.  Arvolyn Hill snapped photos of the rare eclipse and blood moon through a telescope at Averill Farm apple orchard in Washington Depot, CT. 

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