The Lobster Mushroom

A mushroom (or toadstool) is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. The standard for the name “mushroom” is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus; hence the word “mushroom” is most often applied to those fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem (stipe), a cap (pileus), and …

Life of Butterflies

Butterflies are part of the class of insects in the order Lepidoptera, along with the moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, along with two smaller groups, the skippers (superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea). Butterfly fossils date to the Palaeocene, about 56 million years ago. …

Secret Life of Dragonfly

A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera (from Greek ανισος anisos “uneven” + πτερος pteros, “wings”, because the hindwing is broader than the forewing). Adult dragonflies are characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches and an elongated body. Dragonflies can be mistaken for the related group, damselflies …

Finding Peace in Nature

Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe. “Nature” can refer to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. The study of nature is a large part of science. Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena. The …

Preparing a Investment Portfolio

Two years ago, Fidelity Investments  came up with a unique way of measuring not only how close working Americans are to meeting their post-retirement expenses, but also how different generations  baby boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers  stack up against each other. The one standout back then was boomers. But now that same gauge, the Retirement Preparedness Measure (RPM), is …

Marriage Photography and me

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Work from home Moms are boosting the economy.

Running a community association can be a rewarding but difficult task a minefield for even the most savvy, seasoned and well-intentioned arbiter. Federal, state and local laws are changed, passed, or modified; buildings age; interest rates are as solid as a two-celebrity marriage; budgets, insurance companies and community elections present their own challenges. If you are one of the more than …