Wild Life

Amy Jean Porter
Animal encounters and illustrated musings about humans and nature
Created 11 Nov 2020
  • Wild Life / monarch butterfly
    25 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 8 0
    Hi, friends — the trees are still green, in various shades, but the hard yellows are beginning to show through. The harvest moon and equinox were heavy this week, tilting toward dark, and October loom...
  • Wild Life / mute swan
    10 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 7 17
    Hi, friends — there was a moment midsummer when things felt relatively “normal” (in my thoughts, in my dreams). That feeling has passed, as things do, and my anxieties are refueled anew. If you are in...
  • Wild Life / praying mantis
    27 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 3 6
    Hi, friends — this week we got a visit from hurricane Henri, who washed our windows and scrubbed the grass, thankfully nothing too crazy. When the last of the rain subsided, a heat wave arrived. We’re...
  • Wild Life / fox in the dunes
    13 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 6 8
    Hi, friends — last week was a vacation week for me, so this newsletter is a little different than usual, venturing out of the woods for a moment. I hope everyone has a chance to take a break, or at le...
  • Wild Life / big dipper firefly
    30 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 5 8
    Hi, friends — you may have noticed I skipped an extra week (ah, summer!), but I’ve had these little beetles, a favorite evening spectacle, in mind for a while. I prefer them to fireworks because of th...
  • Wild Life / postcard
    09 Jul 2021 • 1 min read • 8 2
    Hi, friends — I moved my studio last week (we now have a studio instead of a garage—art over cars, hooray!). I’m still out of sorts and settling in, so this week I have a postcard for you instead of a...
  • Wild Life / eastern yellowjacket
    25 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 9 12
    Hi, friends — the bugs are out in force, so I decided it is a week for wasps. The yellowjacket (Vespula maculifrons) is pretty in yellow and black, and last summer I learned to appreciate them. So, he...
  • Wild Life / what animals have you seen?
    24 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read • 15 39
    Hi, friends — it’s midsummer and I’ve been wanting to try a diary-style thread for animal encounters, a place to add any creatures you’ve seen. I’ll keep adding mine here, and it can be a bit of runni...
  • Wild Life / pileated woodpecker
    11 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 7 10
    Hi, friends — everything burst into full summer last weekend. Life is frantic and active, sweaty and full of mosquitos. Within the thrum, the pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) makes a regal pre...
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