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Ring out the old year

December 31, 2013 - Sigh... the house is quiet. My granddaughter and her folks are heading back north for their own celebration of the arriv...
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The light of my life

December 30, 2013 - We've had my granddaughter Stasia here for a late Christmas celebration, and when the "Energizer Bunny" is in residence,...
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Over icy

December 29, 2013 - When I spotted this egg-like image in the water, my first thought was sunny-side up. That impression, of course, would b...
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Mystery plant

December 28, 2013 - Since the ground no longer wears a blanket of white, I can now spot plants I would have missed. This, of course, is a mi...
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Ice doom

December 27, 2013 - The snow may be gone, but it remains cold enough to freeze the drip, drip, drip steadily coming off the rocks into incr...
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Post-holidazed

December 26, 2013 - In the wake of the holidays, serenity has returned to our abode—or is that really just a manifestation of the post-Chris...
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Happy holidays

December 25, 2013 - Whatever festivities you celebrate, I hope they were filled with friends, family, great food, abundant fun, plenty of ph...
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Christmas cookies

December 24, 2013 - I did manage to take a break for a hike and a photo shoot, but of all the images I captured in between getting ready for...
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Busy work

December 23, 2013 - It was a rainy Monday and cooler than it had been over the weekend. But when the downpours slackened to drizzle, I hit t...
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Wake-up call

December 21, 2013 - In many close-by places where the sun came out, the temperature rose well into the 60s and set yet more records for warm...
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An unexpected bike ride

December 20, 2013 - The morning dawned a bit on the chilly side, but then, as soon as the sun rose and the wind shifted, the temperature sho...
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Winter harvest

December 20, 2013 - The Solstice is not quite here, but in honor of the start of winter and the shortest day of the year tomorrow, the deep...
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Frost feathers

December 18, 2013 - Yet another chilly morning, but for this early walk, the temperature was only in the low 20s, so, compared to the early...
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Not a Snowy Owl, but...

December 18, 2013 - Thanks to our wonderful local bank, my wife and I received a two-for-one special that covered lunch at a four—or was it...
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I'm no home wrecker

December 17, 2013 - I woke up to an unexpected snowy sky, and though there were forecasts of a three-plus-inch accumulation, I doubt we had...
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Cold Moon rising

December 16, 2013 - It was one of those days during which I barely got outdoors, in other words, a writing day. By the time I had wrapped up...
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Barefoot birding

December 15, 2013 - The storm dropped more than a foot of snow... but not in our neck of the woods. Here, in southeastern CT, we had about f...
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Before the "big one"

December 14, 2013 - According to the Weather Channel, the snowstorm predicted for later today just might be the Big One, so, given how much...
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The Winter Wrens return "home"

December 13, 2013 - About a week ago, I devoted a post to a Winter Wren I spotted by the millpond. it was the first one I had seen in the ne...
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Just past magic light

December 12, 2013 - The sun finally came out late in the afternoon from behind persistent clouds, and as I took a break from wood-splitting,...
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Into the snowy woods

December 11, 2013 - It was cloudy and just nudging the freezing mark, so yesterday's unexpected snow stayed in place. Since it was dry, that...
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More than a dusting

December 10, 2013 - Since snow—fairly serious snow—was not in last night's forecast, I had to admit to considerable surprise when I looked o...
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Surprise snow

December 09, 2013 - I didn't expect to wake up this morning and see that, overnight, we'd had a visitor: an unexpected, and, as near as I ca...
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Fungi to consider

December 07, 2013 - In the ongoing admissions of things I don't know well, here's yet another collection of organisms that fit the theme. I'...
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Getting to know the mosses

December 06, 2013 - Yesterday, my mea culpa admission was that I hadn't yet learned to identify lichens. Today, on a wettish-day walk to Bab...
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Lichenology

December 06, 2013 - It's still dreary and wet, the kind of weather that, in this pursuit of a-photo-a-day, would have mandated either a trip...
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Resurrection, vernal pool style

December 05, 2013 - With the torrential rains down to a misty drizzle, I decided to head out to Babcock Ridge to see what yesterday's downpo...
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ISON, we hardly knew ya

December 04, 2013 - I was an astronomy nerd as a kid. I delighted more in the night sky than in baseball when I was shipped off to sleepover...
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One difficult winter wren

December 03, 2013 - Winter wrens are tiny visitors to our part of the planet, and they're always among the last migrants to settle in here....
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Hoof prints in the sand

December 02, 2013 - This morning, after a long break, it was back to business as usual, well, my usual business, which is to say, get up, ma...
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Fog and Fuji

December 01, 2013 - Just before the Thanksgiving feast, Black Friday, and all the rest of the joy and chaos, I got a note and a coupon from...
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