Erin Chapman

Erin Chapman

The Internet
Jun
14
Eight horseshoe crabs emerge from the waves onto the beach. Many are covered in barnacles and males are latched to females.

Horseshoe Crabs Lay Eggs Under a Full Moon

Weaving between discarded dogfish heads and tampon applicator flotsam, they are crawling.
3 min read
May
27
The Night Comes in Through the Window

The Night Comes in Through the Window

Your screen is a fluttering membrane onto the darkness. Night scratches its fur against the thin separator, seeping into your room through osmosis.
3 min read
May
05
Fringe-like streamers of oak flowers blow in the wind. A park railing and water are in the background.

Trees Green and Eyes Redden

Your inflamed lids are weeping and your nose is running, for pollen is stirring.
2 min read
Apr
06
A pair of mourning doves sits atop a fire escape railing, looking out over several adjoining backyards.

The Morning Croon of Mourning Doves

Lie there, listening, as the morning chorus of backyard birds swells.
2 min read
Mar
31
A small frog perched on some leaves faces away from the camera, peering off into darkness.

Lusty Heralds Call Into the Twilight

The spring peepers have defrosted to haunt the shores of ephemeral vernal pools.
2 min read
Mar
16
A brown butterfly's wings are fringed with drops of blue and fringed in ivory.

The Grand Surprise of the First Butterfly

Winter has left us all a bit bedraggled around the edges.
3 min read
Mar
01
Purple crocuses erupt across the brown winter landscape that sprawls below leafless trees.

The Crocuses Awaken

The crocus breathes out its feather-veined lavender and white petals, coalescing like warm words on a cold morning
2 min read
Feb
24
A pedestrian strides across a long gutter puddle on the way to the safety of the sidewalk.

Water on the Street Forms Chasms of Unfathomable Depth

As our city has grown, so have its puddles thanks to the expanse of concrete leaving water with nowhere to go.
2 min read
Feb
08
A woodchuck sits in wood chips outside a groundhog-sized log cabin. A sign over its door reads "S. I. Chuck."

Groundhogs Sleep Soundly With Hearts Slowed

Take inspiration from the woodchuck—one of our city's few truly hibernating mammals.
2 min read
Jan
31
An icicle drips from the fanged, grimacing, toothy maw of a winged stone monster.

Icicles Hang at Precarious Heights

Menace awaits on every architectural angle, every surface where sun-warmed slush slaloms its way off a precipice.
3 min read