Nature

Monarch of the pond

Monarch of the pond

I have read somewhere that a pond can contain examples of virtually every single major group of animals on the planet. Little did I know that I would have been privileged to experience this phenomenal event right in my back yard.

Visit Bellefield’s Beatrix Farrand Garden in Hyde Park

Visit Bellefield’s Beatrix Farrand Garden in Hyde Park

A shrine for devotees of horticulture, it’s the earliest surviving private garden created by one of America’s most celebrated and influential landscape designers, Beatrix Farrand. While most of her gardens have been lost to time, notable exceptions include the Rockefellers’ Eyrie Garden in Maine, large portions of the Princeton and Yale campuses and Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington, DC: indisputably one of the great gardens of the world.

Interfaith Earth Day — At the intersection of theology and ecology

Interfaith Earth Day — At the intersection of theology and ecology

Practitioners of four faith traditions — Lutheran, Sufi Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist — will join in an Earth Day Observance at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper. Sponsored by the Woodstock Interfaith Council, the panel discussion will address spiritual approaches to stewardship of the environment, followed by an outdoor ceremony in view of the mountain and a community dinner prepared by monastery staff.