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Really late bloomer

November 30, 2016 - If there's one term that seems to describe much of what I'm trying to accomplish in watching the natural world, the word...
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Rainy day lichens

November 30, 2016 - The rain continued—a blessing, to be sure—as did my cold—a curse, without a doubt—but as the storm abated, I decided to...
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End game

November 29, 2016 - It rained hard almost all day... not good trekking weather, and given how sick I find myself, I was not exactly tempted...
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Greeter

November 28, 2016 - Today was spent writing in molasses, as in, the cold I percolated over the weekend decided that it would come to stay, a...
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Leaf child

November 27, 2016 - We had to share Stasia with her other grandparents this long holiday weekend, so we didn't get a lot of time to hit the...
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Unwelcome visitors

November 26, 2016 - A couple of evenings after the guests departed, usually via the kitchen porch door, I walked outside to listen for Barre...
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Leftovers

November 25, 2016 - The feast is over, the guests have departed, and there's nothing left to do but dine on the remains... and the remains..
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The Game

November 24, 2016 - Don't get me wrong: I love the Thanksgiving meal planning and prep, and I don't even mind all the toil to get the house...
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The day before

November 23, 2016 - Between cooking the feast and cleaning the house, I have not exactly had a lot of free time to hit the road, but, in the...
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Last ode on the wing?

November 22, 2016 - One of my favorite, if a bit bittersweet, autumn monitoring tasks is to find and photograph the year's last Meadowhawk d...
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Color's end

November 21, 2016 - The highlight of any autumn hike is the foliage show, but these days, as fall begins its slow walk towards monochrome, t...
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Bad luck, good luck

November 20, 2016 - At the end of last month, I rejoiced to see, on a very rainy night, that one of the vernal pools I monitor at the Babcoc...
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Avian gold

November 19, 2016 - On yet another walk into the Henne Preserve on an afternoon warm enough to shed my jacket, I had a few things in mind. T...
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Small uncertainties

November 18, 2016 - Ordinarily, I would never offer an image of a creature I couldn't even come close to identifying, but when I spotted thi...
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Sanderlings presumably

November 17, 2016 - I'm not alone in finding shorebird identification a non-stop challenge, and while I know there are plenty of tricks to m...
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Weathered bright

November 16, 2016 - The sun came back out and while I was still too busy to hit the trails, I did manage a quick stroll to the mailbox. A co...
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Lilliputian mystery

November 15, 2016 - A blessed rain began in the morning and it continued, sometimes hard, sometimes just a mist, for hours, so it wasn't the...
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A smart sighting

November 14, 2016 - The news out of Washington continues to get so much worse—oh, Trump appointed a Nazi sympathizer as Chief Strategist......
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Bucket list

November 13, 2016 - It was beautifully clear and the sun was just coming up when I dragged my weary corpse out of bed—I'm still not sleeping...
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Blowin', Part 2

November 12, 2016 - On a beautiful, sunny and almost warm afternoon, I hit the trail at the Henne Preserve again to try to capture images of...
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Blowin' in the wind

November 11, 2016 - Whenever I take groups of kids on environmental field trips into the woods, there are two activities that never fail to...
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Back to it

November 10, 2016 - I can't stay mad forever, and, as if to put an exclamation point on the need to stay here and fight, I discovered, to my...
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Beginning of the end?

November 09, 2016 - I'm told the end of the election came a few hours past midnight, but well before the official climax, when Trump's total...
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Election drama

November 08, 2016 - The voting is on, this downright awful campaign for US president is almost, thankfully... perhaps... over. I cast my lot...
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Waterfall renewal

November 07, 2016 - There's noise in the local millpond waterfall, and, as if in confirmation that the world isn't about to dry out... yet..
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Late color

November 06, 2016 - Most of the spectacular color display has now vanished, the maple and birch leaves going to ground and slowly starting t...
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Late bloomer

November 05, 2016 - The Campions and other members of the Pink Family (a.k.a. Caryophyllaceae) are among the first wildflowers to bloom, but...
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The undertaker arrives

November 04, 2016 - Darwin's public champion, British geneticist J.B.S. Haldane, was once asked about what the natural world could tell us a...
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Hosta's end

November 03, 2016 - We're clearly in the End Times these chilly days, and I'm not just alluding to the Election, which can't be over soon en...
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Mystery hunter

November 02, 2016 - I have a confession to make: I'm, well, stumped. Today's walk featured a trek with my ancient 55mm Nikon micro lens, the...
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Refuge haircut

November 01, 2016 - It was yet another gorgeous, almost-summer day, and after my "graduation" ceremony—I had finished yet-another course of...
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