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The perfect tree

November 30, 2014 - A garden center we know and love sent us a notice about a great sale they were having on Fraser Firs, whose splendidly a...
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LBJs ID'd

November 29, 2014 - Sparrows, with the exception of White-throats, have never been easy for me, and all too often, I take a quick look, shru...
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Snow on cyclamens

November 28, 2014 - It got grayer and colder yesterday as we headed towards dusk, and it started raining again. As we were finishing dessert...
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Instead of food photos

November 27, 2014 - If I were in keeping with the times, I would have taken lots of pictures of our Thanksgiving feast—the one that this yea...
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Forest by Monet

November 26, 2014 - I am not now, nor have I ever been, an experimental photographer. I don't even like to do simple things like changing ey...
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No Thanksgiving moths

November 25, 2014 - I've been looking for the moths represented by the two at the top and middle of the image for a couple of weeks now, and...
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A new experiment

November 24, 2014 - In the mid-1970s, I was a biology student at the University of Rhode Island. It was my second attempt at college, and th...
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Rumors of my demise...

November 23, 2014 - It was ridiculously warm this afternoon—low 60s—and after I'd trekked uphill at Babcock Ridge and again spotted very, ve...
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Lilies to be

November 22, 2014 - Last summer, the countryside was full of exquisite wild lilies of the Day, Canada, Turk's Cap, Wood, and Tiger persuasio...
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Rocky road

November 21, 2014 - I had a little bit of time between trying to work my way through some overdue writing projects, and I wanted to check on...
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White-faced revelation

November 20, 2014 - Most of the leaves are now off the hardwood trees, and with the more-or-less end of the abscission season, a number of s...
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Here's to the domestics

November 19, 2014 - My houseguest Katrina van Grouw was in the United States on a speaking tour for her recent book, The Unfeathered Bird, a...
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Remarkable artist

November 18, 2014 - British artist and anatomist Katrina van Grouw is the modern-day heir to Audubon and George Stubbs, both of whom turned...
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Still dry, despite a little rain

November 17, 2014 - There was a little rain earlier in the day, but not enough to make much of a difference in the dryness of the landscape.
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Genuine ice

November 16, 2014 - It was eight degrees below freezing yesterday morning on the maximum-minimum thermometer, and today's reading was even l...
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High times for Ginkgo leaves

November 15, 2014 - The Ginkgo, an Asian tree now found worldwide, including our area, is one of the most easily recognizable of the planet'...
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First snow of the season

November 14, 2014 - Overnight, the temperature plummeted from relatively warm to the upper 20s, and as the cold front, the calling card of t...
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Tis the season... sigh

November 13, 2014 - When I spotted this Christmas bulb dangling from a thin maple limb, my first thought was horror, as in, "Isn't it too ea...
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Almost endgame

November 12, 2014 - Sometimes, to gain perspective, you really need to use that proverbial wide-angle lens instead of the usual viewing tool...
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The last bats of the season

November 11, 2014 - One of the treats of Indian Summer, those warm days that follow the first killing frost, is the late afternoon appearanc...
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Autumn gold

November 10, 2014 - Larch trees are among our most beautiful and beautifully strange evergreens. Actually, that last name— evergreen, which...
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Dry weather pine

November 09, 2014 - There are easier places to live than in the upper reaches of a local rock pile known as Lantern Hill. I try to climb thi...
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Olympic leap

November 08, 2014 - I was heading home from the woodstove emporium—I had to procure a new chimney-cleaning brush and a mantel protector—when...
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Out with a bang

November 07, 2014 - The autumn color show has been spotty, and, because of the ongoing drought, more than a little muted. Still, once the ra...
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Genuine rain

November 06, 2014 - It really rained today—not a sprinkle but an actual, steady, all-day precipitation. To be sure, it wasn't a downpour; in...
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Blowin' in the wind

November 05, 2014 - For my left-of-center comrades, the election went badly... very badly. It was sad enough when Texas Republican and clima...
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Hope and change?

November 04, 2014 - Today is election day, and while the campaign leading up to it has been the most vile I've experienced in the four-plus-...
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The seedy part of town

November 03, 2014 - Today was column day, and, with the weather quite cool and windy, it not going to be much of a trekking day. Still, afte...
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Abscission benefits

November 02, 2014 - Yesterday, the theme was misty-day leaves; today, with the storm past, but the wind still blowing and the temperature dr...
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Nor'easter sans downpour

November 01, 2014 - I don't know why I had high hopes for this storm. Maybe, at heart, I'm a precipitation optimist; maybe I'm just delusion...
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