For this edition of the Weekly Roundup, I thought I would focus on nature blogs, which may not rival food blogs in terms of sheer numbers, but there are quite a few of them out there. One of the benefits of blogging technology is making the observations of local and regional nature watchers available for a wider audience, which is particularly wonderful for those of us who are fascinated by such events as the migration of Sandhill Cranes but can’t make it to see that event in person.
One of my favorite Montana blogs is Montana Outdoors, which often posts fabulous pictures, including most recently photographs of river moss (the beauty of which I had previously failed to appreciate).
Also of note is this Washington State birdwatcher’s blog, which has nice recent photos of Hairy Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, and Mountain Chickadees.
Picking up on the theme of James Fenimore Cooper, I thought I would include a non-western blog from the Allegany Mountains of western New York, which is notable not only for the Cooper connection but also because of one recent photograph in particular–of a snapping turtle making it’s way across a frozen lake, which is truly something to see.