Here's a sample: "A week ago Tuesday, the morning after the hurricane had unleashed its havoc on North Jersey, I was in a bit of a daze.
"Like so many other locales, my town of Allendale was a disaster area — trees everywhere had toppled, power lines were down, and roads were closed.
"I went into the nearby Celery Farm Natural Area to assess the damage there. A few big trees had crashed across the path, and branches large and small were strewn all over.
"As I approached the lake, I noticed a great blue heron standing motionless in the shadows. A strange sense of calm came over me as I watched a timeless scene, a heron patiently waiting to snare a fish."
I also write about Pine Siskins. The link is here.