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Closure

December 31, 2016 - My six-year-old granddaughter is growing up... and getting quite good at the eye-hand coordination fostered by Minecraft...
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Frozen enigma

December 30, 2016 - One of the first things I'm going to have to do as soon as the year turns over is to get my eyes checked. Case in point:...
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Vernal RIP

December 29, 2016 - Today's journey took me to the main vernal pool at the Babcock Ridge preserve. It's a frequent destination, and after th...
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The fruit course

December 28, 2016 - I had a little bit more time today, so I headed off to the Henne refuge to see if, maybe, just maybe, the Red-headed Woo...
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Incipient spring

December 27, 2016 - In another couple of months, when the snows, if they ever arrive, recede, many of my observations here will be about the...
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A Chanukah greeting

December 26, 2016 - I was raised Jewish, and while I never fulfilled my youthful ambition of becoming a rabbi—long story best left for the m...
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Low rent VR

December 25, 2016 - That "most wonderful day of the year"—and certainly the most insane—is finally upon us, and Christmas morning, was, of c...
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The night before

December 24, 2016 - Despite the soothing sentiments of the Clement Moore classic poem, there would be no rest for anyone on the night before...
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Diner, captured

December 23, 2016 - There is one thing to be said for the ancient macro-zoom lens that I took out of storage and have been playing around wi...
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So I lied...

December 22, 2016 - With the holidays fast approaching and the house nowhere near ready for a houseful of kids and grandkids, my outdoor tim...
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Witchhazel end game

December 21, 2016 - Witch Hazel, of course, is touted as the last flowering shrub of autumn, and since fall officially departed early this m...
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Old lens, new nuthatch

December 20, 2016 - We are definitely getting into the craziest time of the year, and while there are numerous suggestions that a person sho...
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Hardiest cyclamens

December 19, 2016 - It's hard for me to imagine a hardier bloomer than the hardy cyclamens I have growing in my garden. These little charmer...
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Snow eaters

December 18, 2016 - Under normal circumstances, which is to say, when I was younger and more prone to weather-related angst, the warming tre...
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Perfect present

December 17, 2016 - I got up earlier than usual this morning because last night's forecast, if it could be believed, called for two-to-four...
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Abstract in ice

December 16, 2016 - It was so cold and windy overnight that the "feel like" temperature was somewhere south of Antarctic, but, for the recor...
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Cold rolled

December 15, 2016 - The real cold descended overnight from the Arctic, and by the time I headed outside to see what the frigid temperatures...
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Green and white

December 14, 2016 - The recent, blessed rains have really greened up the mosses, and if my red-green colorblind eyes can pick up the vibrant...
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Almost cold... moon

December 12, 2016 - I'm more than a little peeved these days, what with all I have to do both on the road and in the house: a mountain of wr...
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Foggy morn

December 11, 2016 - Stasia's safely back home in New Hampshire, and I'm back at work. I did, however, have a little bit of time to get out e...
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Fairy tree

December 11, 2016 - Normally, when my granddaughter Stasia arrives "home"—well, at her second home—our agenda... mine, at least, and, until...
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Fungus porn

December 10, 2016 - With my granddaughter at her aunt's for a sleepover—always a favorite event in Stasia's life, and a big draw away from h...
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Catching air

December 09, 2016 - Joy of joys: despite the fact that we had to make the long schlep up to coastal New Hampshire to pick up my granddaughte...
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Natural jelly

December 08, 2016 - I was, praise be, well enough to spend the day working with the always-splendid sixth-grade biology students of Wheeler...
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Cold play

December 07, 2016 - It was on the warm side this evening, and the cedar shingles above the kitchen porch were awash with Winter Moths, those...
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Natural curves

December 06, 2016 - My cold is finally showing signs of abating, and it's a good thing, since, in a couple of days, I'm scheduled to spend t...
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Winter's calling card

December 05, 2016 - The warning flags went up on the the Weather Channel last night and they included the S word, as in measurable snow. Tha...
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The club

December 04, 2016 - The Cold-That-Will-Not-Depart—sounds like a good character for a Harry Potter adventure—has not, alas, left the building...
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Ode to turkey (tails)

December 03, 2016 - This cold doesn't seem to be leaning towards killing me, but it also seems loathe to depart, so, in lieu of whining abou...
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Christmas glow

December 02, 2016 - The malaise continues, and it's taking forever to get anything done, from actual writing that pays the bills to hiking t...
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