The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Grasshopper photo

Grasshopper emerging from its nymph skin.I stumbled across a grasshopper slipping out of its nymph skin this past weekend.  The old skin was clinging to a corn leaf so that the living insect dangled below.  Backlit by the falling sun, the empty skin glowed and the grasshopper seemed to be descending out of summer.

Earlier this year, I obsessively listened to NPR as I weeded the garden.  Lately, though, I've been backing off from the radio and listening to my own thoughts.  Sometimes I find it hard to be in the present without distractions, but the occasional glimpses into the profound make it worthwhile.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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That is some photo, Anna.
Comment by Maggie Wed Aug 26 10:53:54 2009
Thanks! It's one of my favorite recent ones, after the mantis.
Comment by anna Wed Aug 26 13:12:04 2009

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