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At the sign of the otter

February 28, 2014 - A wave of cold air—the low was around 4—arrived with an accompaniment of light, powdery snow, and I was careful to scan...
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A once and future harbinger

February 27, 2014 - Last Saturday, February 22nd, at an ice-free spot on our local large river, I photographed a pair of female Common Merga...
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Nature's Velcro

February 25, 2014 - I enjoyed this patch of Burdock that grew and flowered last summer by the millpond, and a few of our local hummingbirds...
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The knife edge

February 25, 2014 - We're on something of a knife edge. There's a hint of warm light in the clouds, but there's very little warmth in the te...
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Hot blooded plant

February 24, 2014 - Despite a couple of recent thaws, there's still about a foot of snow in many parts of the woods. But the blanket is a li...
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An addled woodpecker

February 23, 2014 - I was in the basement stoking the wood stove when I heard the thud at the kitchen window, and that usually means one thi...
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A taste of spring

February 22, 2014 - A couple of weeks ago, the river not too far from where we live was completely frozen over, and any ducks, geese, or swa...
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Fog and mist. thunder and lightning

February 21, 2014 - The temperature crept up above the freezing mark and, in response, the snow pack gave up yet more of its water content....
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Winter in retreat

February 20, 2014 - At the height of the growing season, this field, which belongs to one of the farm families in the vicinity, is solid gre...
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Snow fog

February 19, 2014 - As the day went on, a trickle of warmth settled over the snowpack, and in response to the arrival of above-freezing temp...
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Here we go again

February 18, 2014 - Lest anyone imagine that the winter is over, a two-inch cloudburst put an end to said delusion. I certainly wasn't unhap...
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An old favorite

February 17, 2014 - There was a commotion in the hedgerows, and as I watched to see who would come into focus, I spotted a couple of Cedar W...
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Drip by drip

February 16, 2014 - The day after the storm departed, the sun came out and warmed things up enough to engender a little bit of melting from...
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Not done yet

February 15, 2014 - It's only mid-February, and anyone who had the idea that the cold season might be thinking about leaving early had that...
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Leftovers

February 14, 2014 - Clear and cold, yet again, with all the snow that didn't melt yesterday afternoon now a sheet of ice. Walking is tricky,...
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Deep and deeper

February 13, 2014 - When the latest of our series of minor winter storms—this one was dubbed WC Pax by the Weather Channel—rolled across the...
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Hanging on

February 12, 2014 - There's something inexplicable about young Beech trees. While the mature members of the Fagus grandifolia clan shed thei...
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Winter lilies

February 11, 2014 - The morning dawned close to zero, but when the sun rose above the horizon, it brought with it at least a hint of warmth.
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A mystery impression

February 10, 2014 - The after-midnight hours brought a dusting of snow. Every thing sparkled when the sun came up, and though that scene was...
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The start of rebirth season

February 09, 2014 - My kids and granddaughter headed back up north, so, in the late afternoon, I had a chance to go for a walk. It wasn't qu...
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Downhill

February 08, 2014 - It was very cold and windy today, but that didn't keep us indoors. I was bound and determined to take my granddaughter S...
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Oaksicles

February 07, 2014 - There's been a recurrent theme to the last few days of picture-taking: I've been intent on capturing various permutation...
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After the storm

February 06, 2014 - It wasn't the Southeast, which was crippled by an ice storm that coated absolutely everything and stranded thousands of...
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Minor ice storm

February 05, 2014 - The latest storm, which started just after midnight, was called Nika, and this one was touted as the worst of them all....
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Covered in white

February 04, 2014 - Despite considerable hyperbolic forecasting that called for as much as a foot of snow, we wound up with, at most, a few...
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The snow returns

February 03, 2014 - Phil the Groundhog was clearly on to something. We had considerable warmth the day he predicted six more weeks of winter...
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A cranefly, not a groundhog

February 02, 2014 - Punxsutawney Phil, the "Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticators"—yes, the Groundhog—saw his shadow this morning...
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A special touchdown

February 01, 2014 - The warming trend not only continued, it accelerated. It's not beach weather, to be sure, but nearby, a wide spot in a l...
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