Writer, naturalist, educator and garden designer, Judy Isacoff has published in regional monthlies, weeklies and dailies as well as professional journals in the field of environmental education. She is a columnist for the Battery Park City, New York Broadsheet Daily and The Broadsheet and for five years contributed a weekly astronomy column to The Berkshire Eagle. A leader in nature study and curriculum-based gardening at schools in urban and rural settings, Isacoff is passionate about cultivating the sense of wonder through her teaching and writing. Her website: NaturesTurn.org
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Monday, 12 Nov 2018 - Where the glistening bay reached the sea, a rosy red rounded radiance colored the skyline, a concentrated shape of color above the east-southeast horizon.
Monday, 5 Nov 2018 - Keying out the details of what remains of the plant on the stormy day on which I write of this discovery, observation points to the noveboracensis, a phenomenal New York Ironweed. I am eager for a close look during the 2019 growing season.
Monday, 29 Oct 2018 - At this time of year, midway between the autumn equinox and winter solstice, the stars Vega, Altair and Deneb are positioned high in the south at twilight.
Monday, 22 Oct 2018 - Last week, on the eve of the deepest chill and wind chill of the season, I reached into reserves of dogged determination to secure my harvest of fennel, dill, peppers, French sorrel, amaranth and most of the turnips.
Monday, 15 Oct 2018 - The Orionid meteor shower, predicted to peak before dawn on Sunday the 21st, is active through November 7. At peak, in a dark location under a moonless sky, a maximum of 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour are predicted.
Monday, 8 Oct 2018 - Autumn’s full-grown clumps of grass do dance with the wind more fluidly than young, short ones. Weighty, seedy flower heads pull on the season’s longer stems, exaggerating their bowing and bobbing.
EYES TO THE SKY: Four constellations, two asterisms, two summer stars, three planets and a meteor shower
Monday, 1 Oct 2018 - The Draconids, a minor shower, sometimes rewards the sky-gazer with many shooting stars.
Monday, 24 Sep 2018 - Our season with the high Sun is past. Autumn vegetables and flowers sustain us in the changing light and weather.
Monday, 17 Sep 2018 - The Great Square may be visible in less-than-ideal stargazing conditions, whereas the whole of the flying horse, which includes dim stars, requires unpolluted, dark skies.
Monday, 10 Sep 2018 - Onions and potatoes, tomatoes and basil, cucumbers and kale, snap beans and zucchini fill dinner plates and overflow salad plates as the growing season peaks.
Monday, 3 Sep 2018 - We’ve learned the address of our home in the universe: Planet Earth, Orion spur, the Perseus arm of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Monday, 27 Aug 2018 - Among the late summer bloomers in my landscape are a fragrant heirloom phlox, Japanese anemone, Oswego tea, Russian sage and New York ironweed, all perennials.
Monday, 20 Aug 2018 - Be radical: Awaken in time to see the brightest star in Earth’s sky, Sirius, appear after a long absence.
Monday, 13 Aug 2018 - Until quite recently, wild foods, both weeds and wildcrafted, had been the purview of naturalists and their followers. Today, chefs seek out foraged edibles to introduce to diners.
Monday, 6 Aug 2018 - Perseid meteors are more intense after midnight and especially as Perseus climbs highest before dawn.
Monday, 30 Jul 2018 - A new, magnificent beaver dam was visible from the road, as well as a lodge of mounded sticks. Kingfisher and heron flew over our garden on their way to and from the ponds.
Monday, 23 Jul 2018 - View Mars from nightfall to first light. It is particularly lovely as it sinks into the hills to the southwest.
Monday, 16 Jul 2018 - Researching the carrot family, I discovered yellow flowering wild parsnip, a plant that is reported to be as hazardous as poison ivy. Upon close examination of a 6-feet-tall individual, it was clear that I had, in fact, come upon wild parsnip.
Monday, 9 Jul 2018 - Tonight, the 9th, Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion, is in conjunction with Venus.
Monday, 2 Jul 2018 - The rain, the sight of the Sun at the top of the sky, the quickened greening of the earth and the press of crops ready for harvest pull us into the rising tide of the growing season.
Monday, 25 Jun 2018 - At the first sight of the clearing, I was wonderstruck by an aerial display of countless blinking golden lights and dipping, curving, white gold lines streaking all over the meadow from the ground up to the treetops.
Monday, 18 Jun 2018 - The unpredictable experiences that occur while gardening can be the most engaging or challenging to our senses, our emotions, intellects and aesthetics.
Monday, 11 Jun 2018 - To the eyes of astronomical researchers and faculty at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico, there’s a world of Near-Earth Objects — and occasional Interstellar Objects — between Earth and space.
Monday, 4 Jun 2018 - Flourishing now, perennial green onions, French sorrel, rhubarb, woody herbs, onion and garlic chives add savory vitality to springtime dishes.
EYES TO THE SKY: Night sky delights: Saturn to join Venus, Jupiter. Full Corn / Flower Moon tomorrow
Monday, 28 May 2018 - Most of us are never prompted to think about the dynamic nature of the world, a world in which the planets move in their orbits in space at varying speeds and that the relationship between the planets changes.
Monday, 21 May 2018 - At the end of a day flying under cerulean sky above a sheet of clouds and traversing airports, my eyes exchanged the densely wooded, rounded hills of the northeast for Albuquerque, New Mexico’s fantastical Sandia Mountains.
Monday, 14 May 2018 - Namesake of the Roman king of the gods, Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and the third brightest object in the night sky, next to Venus and the moon.
Monday, 7 May 2018 - Touring the garden, perennial herbs and flowers, as well as fall-planted garlic that emerged from snowdrifts scarcely two weeks ago, have been growing quickly since the recent heat wave.
Monday, 30 Apr 2018 - For me, the astronomy forum centered around two days of riveting lectures that included 'Einstein was Right! Completing the 1919 Relativity Experiment at the 2017 Solar Eclipse,' 'The History of the Universe from the beginning to the end: Where did we come from, where can we go?' and 'Preventing an Asteroid Extinction.'
Monday, 23 Apr 2018 - High-elevation squalls every day and night last week kept us in a holding pattern as soft, white blankets were dropped on the whole, leaving the few planting beds that had warmed unapproachable.
Monday, 16 Apr 2018 - The easiest way to prevent light trespass beyond our homes, aside from turning off unnecessary lighting, is to minimize the unintended projection and scattering of light from poorly aimed and poorly designed fixtures.
Monday, 9 Apr 2018 - Rather than discarding amaryllis bulbs after their winter blooms fade, keep the plants growing and blooming from year to year.