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Pussy (willows) Galore

February 29, 2016 - Not to date myself too much, but I came of age in the James Bond era, and saw Goldfinger when it was first released in 1...
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Another harbinger

February 28, 2016 - The great awakening—the real start of spring—often begins in the wetlands where the first sustained warmth stirs the mud...
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Prim and rosy

February 27, 2016 - The day started out chilly, with temperatures in the low teens, and I feared that all of those early blossoms would be t...
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Standing his ground

February 26, 2016 - The order of the day for me and my shadow was that we were going to go on seal patrol. Stasia had never seen a seal in t...
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The lure of sap

February 25, 2016 - The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is one of the silliest avian common names on the planet, and, in truth, it is actually some...
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Rainy day delight

February 24, 2016 - We had high hopes that the snows of yesterday afternoon and evening would continue into today, but by daybreak, the whit...
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The best adventure ever!

February 23, 2016 - A visit with my granddaughter Stasia, who's here for her winter vacation, would not be complete without at least one tre...
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Extra, extra early

February 22, 2016 - My shadow, a.k.a., my granddaughter Stasia, and I had spent part of the afternoon hiking... of course... and when we ret...
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Recycling center

February 21, 2016 - So why did the Turkey Vulture cross the road? Well, to get to the carrion at the other side... Drum roll, please... OK,...
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Along the wild shore

February 20, 2016 - My agenda today, a reasonably warm one by the afternoon, was to walk the barrier beach at Quonochontaug, a.k.a. "Quonnie...
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New arrival

February 19, 2016 - I've never quite understood why our local dairy farmers schedule the arrival of the new crop of Holstein calves to begin...
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Trail's (temporary) end

February 18, 2016 - It felt like early spring today: bright, sparkling, and just enough chill in the otherwise semi-warm air to let you know...
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New invasion

February 16, 2016 - I have to admit to a certain amount of confusion here, but, then again, I know I'm not alone in being uncertain about th...
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Haunted meteorology

February 16, 2016 - On Valentine's Day we broke records for low temperatures; today, we just about set a record high for the date. It topped...
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Channeling Snowflake Bentley

February 15, 2016 - In the winter of 1885, armed with a microscope, a cumbersome view camera, and a naturalist's deep and abiding curiosity,...
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Cold hands, warm heart

February 14, 2016 - So how cold was it at the start of this, the, if you catch my drift, potentially warmest day of the year? At sunrise on...
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Downright frigid

February 13, 2016 - When I woke up this morning, the wind was already strong and the Arctic cold had brought the mercury—I know it's an envi...
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Small visitor

February 12, 2016 - The infamous Polar Vortex settled in overnight with a dusting of light snow and genuinely Arctic temperatures... well, f...
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A change in the wind

February 11, 2016 - As a photographer, I'm always on the lookout for interesting light; as a naturalist, I'm forever looking for signs of im...
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Uncommon commoner

February 10, 2016 - I don't know where the Blue Jays have been all winter, but they sure haven't been hanging around my backyard, where the...
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Snow softened

February 09, 2016 - The latest storm brought us about four inches of fresh powder, and though the snow was too dry to coat the branches and...
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Storm silent

February 08, 2016 - The winter storm warnings went back up as a nor'easter dubbed Mars—go figure—came closer to the coast than expected. By...
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Flower power

February 07, 2016 - The sun came out and the weather warmed enough so that Lexi's snow turned to slush and even, in the shade-free spots, di...
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After the storm

February 06, 2016 - The aftermath of Winter Storm Lexi, as this surprisingly strong gale was called, was a combination of sublime beauty, es...
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Reality check

February 04, 2016 - After the unnatural warmth, the heavy, April-shower-esque rains, and the early spring prognostications of the groundhog,...
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For the record

February 04, 2016 - It's been raining most of today, and it's been April warm with, I felt, the prospect of frogs. Hearing batrachian quacks...
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Opening day at the Beech

February 03, 2016 - Phil the Groundhog has spoken, and as if, on yet another warm, wet day we needed additional concurrence, I spotted a new...
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An early spring?

February 02, 2016 - When Punxsatawney Phil, the most famous groundhog in the universe, awoke this morning on his day—well, was roused out of...
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Winter... in Miami

February 01, 2016 - This is a set-up, right? A rabbi, a priest, and a groundhog walk into a bar and... OK, tomorrow is the "whistlepig's" bi...
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