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Impossibly early

January 31, 2016 - I'm not taking the shorts out of storage yet, but I haven't needed to put on long underwear for a few days and I'm begin...
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Food bank withdrawal

January 30, 2016 - More warmth, and with it comes a stirring in the mammals that, so far, have treated the winter, however balmy and snow-f...
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Still frozen hollers

January 29, 2016 - The thaw is on, and everything frozen is melting rapidly. But in the more shadowy hollows—er, to use my favorite bluegra...
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Here's lookin' at ya, kid

January 28, 2016 - The January Thaw is definitely upon us and most of the snow from last weekend's mini-blizzard is disappearing rapidly. T...
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Early unfurling

January 27, 2016 - The snow is rapidly disappearing in the face of, of course, the return of El Nino warmth. What we're experiencing is ess...
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Light to ski by

January 26, 2016 - We're a day or so past the first full moon of 2016, which the Native Americans and the colonists used to call the Full W...
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Window treatment

January 25, 2016 - This was going to have to be a pretty much indoor day, with the exception of late afternoon, when I had scheduled in a b...
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After Jonas

January 24, 2016 - The nor'easter has passed out to sea, and in its wake, there are stories of truly epic amounts of snow to our south and...
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A real one

January 23, 2016 - After several days of incredible, "storm of the century" hype, Winter Storm Jonas roared into out neighborhood. To be su...
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Sandpiper two-step

January 22, 2016 - Sanderlings are those wonderful little sprites you see scurrying along the shore just ahead of the incoming foam of brea...
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Getting plumped

January 21, 2016 - Most of the birding action is now along the shore, so my feet are taking me in that direction. One of my favorite winter...
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Not quite correct

January 20, 2016 - Summer seems forever ago, and the hordes of vacationers who frequent our shores have long flown south with the avian and...
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Shopping for a sunset

January 19, 2016 - It's been frightfully cold and windy—the high today barely nipped 20, and the windchills put the feel-like temperature a...
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Snow at last

January 18, 2016 - Today's the day we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., and over the years, the more I've learned about him, th...
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On the rocks

January 17, 2016 - On the grayest of gray mornings—a time that, I swear, looked like it wanted to snow—I decided that the time was neverthe...
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The right path

January 16, 2016 - I had the good fortune of working on the trail creation crew at the Babcock Ridge preserve, an area I've trekked and wri...
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Roar

January 14, 2016 - The rains of recent days are mostly past, but in their wake, the millpond is now brimful and flowing fast. It's hard to...
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The gamblers

January 13, 2016 - There have been blossoms on the hellebores, open flowers on the periwinkles and the dandelions, and beautiful lettuce—th...
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Winged invader

January 13, 2016 - While the local backcountry still exists—I fear the eventual result of the recent sale of nearly 70 beautiful acres of f...
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Unexpected renewal

January 12, 2016 - I shouldn't have been surprised to find a stonefly on the steel railing of a local bridge over now-energetic waters, but...
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A hint of color

January 11, 2016 - Epiphany has come and gone—alas, without any real epiphanies—and while the Christmas decorations indoors have been prett...
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Sturm and plentiful drang

January 10, 2016 - The temperature was in the mid-50s when I got up on a gray and moist morning, and before long, the rain began pouring do...
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The Class of 2016

January 09, 2016 - In late October, in a dry hole that typically becomes a vernal pool, I discovered a mama Marbled Salamander guarding a l...
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In the name of cows

January 07, 2016 - Earlier this year, I started to notice that a wide stretch of forest south of Interstate 95 very close to where I live w...
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The Birds, farm edition

January 07, 2016 - Let me admit something right away: this photograph of blackbirds, most of them Starlings, was captured in a manner entir...
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Breaking up Christmas

January 06, 2016 - Hooray Jake, Hooray John, Breaking Up Christmas all day long. Way back yonder a long time ago, The old folks danced a...
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Single digits

January 05, 2016 - Now this is more like it. With the passage of yesterday's cold front, it got, well, appropriately cold and, with a stead...
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Cold front calling card

January 04, 2016 - It was steel-gray this morning, and if I hadn't thought the better of it in this El Nino non-winter, I'd have guessed th...
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Womanly arts

January 03, 2016 - Today was driving my convalescing daughter-in-law and granddaughter back home day, and while I would rather have had the...
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Icebreaking

January 02, 2016 - Maybe we actually will have a meteorological winter in 2016... After the insanely warm start of the Once-Cold Season, th...
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Starting with a bloom

January 01, 2016 - We actually stayed up late enough to see the ball drop last night, but because our festivities included only supermarket...
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