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A very, very cool cat

January 31, 2015 - After the passage of a modest clipper overnight, the temperature plummeted. It had bottomed out in the single digits whe...
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A short-tailed visitor

January 30, 2015 - I first spotted this little guy—I don't think it's possible to quickly tell males from females, so "guy" is generic—emer...
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A cross-country track at last

January 29, 2015 - In my next incarnation, I will live in a more northern region that gets abundant snow—and this mythical place will come...
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The wind at work

January 28, 2015 - Juno has worked its way north, and though the strong winds never knocked out the electricity—praise the Lord and perhaps...
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Juno arrives

January 27, 2015 - Juno took its own sweet time arriving, but by midnight, it was snowing pretty heavily and the wind was howling. It was a...
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Vanishing Lycopodium

January 26, 2015 - The much-ballyhooed nor'easter, code-named Juno, started hissing snow around nine this morning, but for the first six ho...
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Adolescent eagle

January 25, 2015 - Winter Storm Iola may have been a dud in Connecticut, but it dropped about six inches of snow in coastal New Hampshire,...
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A less-than-contented cow

January 23, 2015 - Winter storm Iola—the Weather Channel name is a variant of Iolë, a stunning woman in Greek mythology that Hercules wante...
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Tattered flags

January 23, 2015 - Things are supposed to go rapidly downhill later today, as a winter storm dubbed Iola is, according to the Weather Chann...
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Hidden excavation

January 22, 2015 - I've been hiking the first of the doomed fields and forest—the real estate to my west—continuously this winter, if for n...
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Let's twist again

January 20, 2015 - It's too early to be thinking about summer, but when I spotted this tightly-coiled grapevine leaning against a shrub, I...
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Empty nest syndrome

January 20, 2015 - One of the great joys of roaming the woods during the winter is the chance to spot things that I'd searched in vain for...
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A gathering of planets

January 19, 2015 - It was too cold to do this right, and I was a few days past the peak of this astronomical event, but I at least captured...
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A lot of gall

January 18, 2015 - If you spend any time hiking through overgrown, weedy fields after the frosts have laid claim to most of the leaves, you...
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Study in ice

January 17, 2015 - Ice has been a recurrent theme in the recent week's walks... and posts. This abstraction, however, was pretty much unexp...
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No trespassing—with teeth

January 16, 2015 - The day's a little warmer, with the barest hint of a thaw in the chilly air, but I'm keeping my parka within close range...
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A tease of snow

January 15, 2015 - If the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service has any kind of street cred on the ridge, we're supposed to shor...
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Mantis eggs at last

January 14, 2015 - For a good part of the late summer and early fall, I spent a fair amount of time combing the overgrown fields of the Bel...
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Recession in progress

January 13, 2015 - There may, or may not be, a genuine thaw in the offing, but after the warmer weather and rain of recent days, the modest...
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Ephemeral Cape Cod in the ice

January 12, 2015 - There was rain in the immediate forecast, so I headed out armed only with my waterproof Fuji which, although I haven't h...
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Waiting for spring

January 11, 2015 - It wasn't January thaw warm, but it was close to the freezing mark, so it felt reasonably toasty. I headed up to the bac...
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Semi-frozen falls

January 10, 2015 - After the snow stopped, the cold returned, and while it wasn't frigid as a couple of days ago, it did fall into the sing...
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An unexpected snow

January 09, 2015 - It was a bit warmer this morning, with the temperature in the upper teens, but the sky was dark gray and foreboding. The...
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How cold was it?

January 08, 2015 - In the country, when the old geezers gathered around the pot-bellied stove in the general store during the winter, the f...
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A skin of snow

January 07, 2015 - Any lingering warmth departed last night, and as the mercury dropped, there was persistent but light snow in the air, th...
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The tough stick around

January 06, 2015 - With the recent, but rapidly disappearing, spell of warmth we've had, at least a few of the earliest bloomers have stirr...
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Time for wolves

January 05, 2015 - The first full moon of January is known as the Wolf Moon, and though it actually reached peak a few minutes before midni...
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The last shall be first

January 04, 2015 - I have long given up making new year's resolutions, for, like all too many people with good intentions, I don't manage t...
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Send in the plows

January 03, 2015 - While I worked on building up the woodpile and cleaning out the storage building, I watched the sky turn from relatively...
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2015's first flowers

January 02, 2015 - More than a month ago—28 November 2014, to be exact—I wrote the following about these shooting-star blooms after they'd...
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And so it begins

January 01, 2015 - My plan, hatched when I actually managed to stay up long enough to watch the ball drop in Times Square and sing a chorus...
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