Invite critters into your railway

Encouraging wild (or tame) critters
We’re looking at the folded wing of a Painted Lady butterfly, looking back at us with faux eyes to scare away a predator (the photographer). Butterfly-bush tubular flowers provide nectar.
Nancy Norris
Some ask, "Why? Isn't it enough to deal with weather, mechanical, and civil-engineering issues?" That was my response until other railroad gardeners inspired me with their success. The connection they joyfully created with nature inspired me to also share that joy, and still run trains! Why drive to some remote park to lower my blood pressure when I can just open the door to the backyard?

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