by Carl Strang
Even when distracted the mind notices, finds questions.
Some remain intractable. Why has Culver, Indiana, become turkey vulture central?
There have been times in the past decade when 30 or more vultures circled above that part of the town.
Other mysteries are more easily resolved. Back at Mayslake Forest Preserve this week, I noticed a polyphemus moth cocoon on a small tree.
There has been no sign of this large species on the preserve in the years I have been there. But this tree was planted just last year, and checking my notes I found that it was installed in November. Obviously the cocoon had formed in the nursery.
On another day I was startled to see a red cedar decked out in structures like Christmas tree ornaments.
It seems the cool, wet weather promoted the rust’s development on that tree.
A questioning attitude becomes reflexive when one practices inquiry and spends time out-of-doors.