The magnificent mysteries of ponds
Lawns—terrible and wonderfully familiar
The effort to reconstruct the prehistoric past—and understand friends' routines
The enduring charm of an odd outlier
The wondrously unfamiliar nighttime landscape
The slippery task of tracking the passage of time
The spectacular strangeness of California's High Desert
The art of looking up and around
The subtle drama of the shore
Linda Gregg's recollected routine 
e. e. cummings's ode to spring
Robert W. Service's ode to the Yukon Gold Rush