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, 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.
Monday, 2 Apr 2018 - Seeing the rest of the planets visible this spring, especially the spectacle of red Mars increasing in magnitude, requires awakening by 5 a.m. close to a location with a clear view of the southeast to southwest horizon.
Monday, 26 Mar 2018 - As of this writing, deep snow covers the mulch that covers the parsnips and the entire expanse of the raised bed garden is a field of white.
Monday, 19 Mar 2018 - Each year, the Passover holiday begins on the evening after the first full moon that follows the spring equinox and Easter begins on the first Sunday after the full moon that follows the Equinox.
Monday, 12 Mar 2018 - How we grow our food, where we purchase seed and from whom we purchase food affects our health and the health of the land, water and air.
Monday, 5 Mar 2018 - Venus and Mercury appear in evening twilight, about half an hour after sunset, and sunset will be an hour later–artificially changed from 5:47 p.m. today to nearly 7 p.m. on the 11th.
Monday, 26 Feb 2018 - The seasons of more active engagement with the land are about to begin.
Monday, 19 Feb 2018 - Yes, that’s the catch: We don’t have to travel far, but we do have to wake up early to witness this celestial wonder at its inception.
Monday, 12 Feb 2018 - I realized that my solitary experience of birdwatching is genuine social engagement outside human community, a capacity that has been evolving between humans and other life forms for millennia.
Monday, 5 Feb 2018 - Witnessing the glowing sphere move ever so steadily, I realized that I had taken hold of the orb: I was moving with this celestial body.
Monday, 29 Jan 2018 - Could the shut boxes of potatoes in the dark corner where the temperature averages 40 degrees be receiving and responding to the returning sun?
Monday, 22 Jan 2018 - Recent daytime skies have reflected bracing ice blues over frozen landscapes and, alternately, soft vernal overtones during thaws. As the Sun arcs higher in the sky, we feel the pull toward spring.
Monday, 15 Jan 2018 - Once upon a time, Kate hatched and raised a beloved Shetland goose, a rare breed that, fitting a fairy tale, lives on as the namesake and mascot for White Goose Gardens.
Monday, 8 Jan 2018 - Here in the northeast, the event will be a fleeting partial eclipse that begins at dawn as the big moon approaches the west-northwest horizon.
Monday, 1 Jan 2018 - Yellow birch, with its glistening golden bark that lifts and curls like paper birch, and black birch, also known as sweet or cherry birch, are mainstays of our Berkshire landscape.
Monday, 25 Dec 2017 - The year’s darkest days, the last of the shortest days of the year, end tomorrow, the 26th, with 9 hours, 6 minutes of daylight.
Monday, 18 Dec 2017 - A month ago the robust, round plant a few inches taller than I shed its green leaves – a sort of undergarment – revealing a body left clothed in densely packed scarlet berries.
Monday, 11 Dec 2017 - The concept of a planisphere -- a chart of the sphere of the sky drawn for viewing in two dimensions – originated centuries ago; its hands-on format makes it an exciting introduction to the night sky.