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However you play it, natural gas export is a high stakes game

Have fun even with a sizzling sun

An American in Annapolis

Our flowering gardens are butterfly way-stations

Blue crabs at quarter-century low

Lesson 1: From the ground up

Now It's Your Turn!

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir   On a hot day in early summer 2010, Team Bay Bougheys went seeking Isabella at Cunningham Falls State Park in Western Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains. A swim in Little Hunting Creek — our second stop along the trail to find Isabella — was inviting. But we were on a mission, and our sweaty three-person team persisted in our mile-and-a-half quest.     We Bay Bougheys — husband Jon...

The Rescue of Mr. Owl

God works in very mouseterious ways –from ChrisMouse: The Real Story of Silent Night, by Anon E. Mouse The lump of feathers on Nutwell-Sudley Road was an owl. Rescuing Mr. Owl took five guardian angels.     Once husband Jim and I recognized the lump as an owl, we turned around to block traffic, thus becoming Angels No. 1 and 2.     I waved drivers around while Jim went back home for our forgotten cell phone and the blanket we wished we’d had when we...

Is it spring in the air — or just poetry month?

The world of famous poets is small. The past hundred years have produced a handful of poets whose names are immediately recognizable: Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, ee cummings, Maya Angelou, with space here for your own favorite.     As a student of poetry and an addict of words, I sadly recall the words of my poetry professor Ed Perlman at Johns Hopkins University: “Only about six poets in the world are able to make a living off of their poetry. The rest of us write poetry...

New website gives an eye-opening look at the effects of sea-level rise

Dobbins Island in the Magothy River is a summertime attraction for boaters. On a warm summer weekend, the sandy north-facing beach becomes crowded with enthusiasts dropping anchor and floating languidly in the gentle current. Sooner rather than later, though, Dobbins Island will be reduced to a skeleton by rising sea levels. Water will cover the sandy shores, and the beach will turn into an obstacle course of submerged trees.     This scenario will happen to most of the islands...

A rainbow of hues shines from the heavens

The waxing moon reaches full phase Sunday. Saturday it shines less than 10 degrees — the span of an average fist held at arm’s length — below Saturn, the only visible evening planet. The next night, the full moon is farther to the east of Saturn, and the star Regulus five degrees above it. Saturn and Regulus appear about equally bright, both near first magnitude, but Saturn’s steady golden glow is a sharp contrast to the twinkling, blue-white star.     ...

It’s open water vs. sweetwater

This time of year brings conflict for me. The Trophy Rockfish Season beckons with the promise of big fish on big water, a temptation that is almost impossible to resist. Yet there is another of nature’s sirens murmuring in my ear. This one promises even more luscious treats to be had as the sweetwater bite blossoms. Fish Are Biting ...   The white perch run continues to please a lot of anglers on Chesapeake tributaries. But most are poised for Saturday, April 16, when the Trophy...

Fertilizers alone cannot do it

I was recently asked to prepare recommendations for the maintenance of a large property with lawns and gardens. While I was evaluating the property, I observed one of the maintenance men on a tractor pulling an aerator followed by a steel roller filled with water. I immediately advised the owner to get rid of that apparatus. Aerators of that type — nothing more than a bunch of spikes punching holes in the ground — only add to the problem of soil compaction, and  the roller,...

Policy’s fashion color of the year is pale green

Earth Day is a lot like of St. Patrick’s Day.         We dress up in green both days, and we throw parties and maybe march in a parade. But the next morning, the green washes off.     In both Washington, D.C., and in Annapolis, the advance of the 41st Earth Day didn’t incline lawmakers to green enthusiasm. In Maryland, tight money pushed environmental causes to the rear. In Washington, tight money was the excuse for policy-directed...
Dear Bay Weekly:     Your Home and Garden Guide [March 31] was a great edition, practical and perfect this time of year. I’ve been gardening since I was knee high and my father gave me my first square-foot plot for radishes I have some good-old Italian-American bean varieties that came with my family from Italy. Now I want to try the purple Gita bean the Bay Garden wrote about, if he can tell me where to find them. –Carlo Brunori, Hillsmere Editor’s note: We...
Dear Bay Weekly:     As frequent visitors to Chesapeake Bay, we enjoyed and appreciated Margaret Tearman’s [April 7] story called Power Play, in which she dissected Pepco’s proposal to build an electricity tunnel under the Bay and a big building in Calvert County. We can tell you from many years as Pepco customers, they are not to be trusted when it comes to service, responsibility and the environment. Plus, it seems like Calvert County is doing more than its part in...