October 23, 2015 When I was a kid, my dad and I used to drive along country roads, scanning fields for milkweed.  If we spied anything we would quickly pull over, hopping out of the car and searching the leaves for black, yellow, and white caterpillars. Scooping them gently into a mesh case labeled “Erika’s…

  October 21, 2014 I always love my trips to Florida. I usually avoid the tourist areas, and visit friends and family in the more rural areas outside of Tampa. Picture patches of forests with giant live oaks, Spanish moss dangling from outstretched limbs; flat fields of green grass and grazing cattle; water  everywhere; and…