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Say it ain't so, snow

March 31, 2014 - I'd been so busy writing most of the morning, a gray, chilly one, that I didn't hear the rattle of frozen precipitation...
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The upturned "ark"

March 30, 2014 - It was still drizzling late Sunday afternoon, but I was going stir-crazy, so I and my weather-proof camera opted for a w...
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A Four-toed surprise

March 29, 2014 - Late Saturday afternoon, just before the skies opened up and delivered, over the next day, more than five inches of rain...
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Frog porn

March 27, 2014 - The Wood Frogs, those black-masked batrachians with the remarkable ability to enter suspended animation for the winter,...
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The osprey are back

March 27, 2014 - I found the first Osprey of the year in a nest by a local river that I'm always checking from mid-March on. It was empty...
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A Bluebird invasion

March 26, 2014 - I had to spend most of today indoors writing and, in truth, it was not an especially onerous burden. The spring storm th...
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Ice-back and hoodeds

March 25, 2014 - It was in the low teens this morning, and ice began to creep back over the millpond edges and in the center. But in a st...
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Ye olde pitcher mystery

March 24, 2014 - I found this ancient metal pitcher lying on its side and half covered with leaves last fall, and while I'm sure it had a...
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Worthy of the red-maple name

March 23, 2014 - Ordinarily, red is not a color that particularly captures my attention. Such is the life of a person "afflicted" with re...
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A spring Winter Aconite

March 22, 2014 - The last time I made reference to Winter Aconite, it was covered with snow and its yellow blossoms were closed tight aga...
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Ice really out, well, almost

March 21, 2014 - The first act of the ice-out drama started a couple of weeks ago when a hole or two appeared in the once-completely-froz...
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A skunky celebration for spring's arrival

March 19, 2014 - A grudging warming trend continues, so last night's "gift" of precipitation arrived as rain—more than half-an-inch worth...
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Cold and refractive

March 18, 2014 - During the past global warming years, it was certainly not uncommon to have a spell of cold weather in mid-March—a chill...
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A great Great Blue

March 18, 2014 - With the cold continuing to hold sway, many of the ice-free spots in the millpond now wear a skim-coat of ice. I'm not s...
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Back to the Big Chill

March 17, 2014 - According to some folks—well, almost everyone I talked to—we dodged a late-winter bullet when a storm named Wiley dumped...
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Finding marbleds

March 16, 2014 - I hadn't ever intended to post two images at once, but this was a special case. I was trying to search through drifts of...
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The amphibian breeding sweepstakes begin

March 15, 2014 - Some days, the picture haul is truly outstanding, and it's exceedingly difficult to choose the best photo from among the...
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The T-bird is back

March 14, 2014 - Rufous-sided Towhees—now there's an appropriate name—are among the earliest landbird migrants, and that's hardly surpris...
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Winter aconite in winter's return

March 13, 2014 - Winter aconite is one of the first plants to flower. Indeed, it's so hardy and rarin' to bloom that I've sometimes spott...
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Welcome back, Mac

March 12, 2014 - Even as the sky turned more and more gray, the temperature stayed 40s warm. In northern New England, Winter Storm Vulcan...
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A bit of color

March 11, 2014 - Today almost felt like a true spring day, with sunshine and barely a hint of chill in the breeze. To make the point, a c...
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Start your (floral) engines

March 10, 2014 - A little more warmth crept into the air, and a little more snow disappeared, leaving brown, spongy earth and the first o...
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In search of unmentionables

March 09, 2014 - It was warm enough this morning—mid-40s—for a long walk, and as I was trekking past the local dairy farm, I noticed that...
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Beaver great expectations

March 08, 2014 - I am a great believer in shooting for the stars, but when I saw the fresh gnaw marks on this oak in the Henne nature res...
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A Pileated close by

March 07, 2014 - I heard the powerful "Eck... eck... eck... eck..." calls through the walls of the house, and as I looked outside on a gr...
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Knock-kneed and hungry

March 06, 2014 - Despite the persistent cold and the non-stop ice, we have rarely been without Great Blue Herons for very long. I suspect...
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Robins, robins everywhere

March 05, 2014 - During this seemingly endless winter, robins, those time-honored harbingers of spring, have put in appearances from time...
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Incredible ice work at 5 degrees

March 04, 2014 - Winter Storm Titan proved to be a titmouse of a blizzard, but as it passed by harmlessly around here, it opened the door...
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An unexpected Iris starts growing

March 03, 2014 - In this ice-bound and snow-bound time of year, I expect skunk cabbage to boil its way out of frozen circumstances, and I...
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The Ring-neckeds return

March 02, 2014 - Despite the consistent cold, at least parts of the local river have remained ice-free. In years past, when global warmin...
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The first garden flower

March 01, 2014 - In the wild—well, semi-wild... this is Connecticut, after all—the first flower to bloom is the Skunk Cabbage. But not lo...
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