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The first common dragonfly

May 31, 2016 - I was beginning to wonder if something was wrong with our odonate population. To be sure, May was often chilly, many tim...
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A crop of Lupines

May 30, 2016 - Today started out sodden and sad. To be sure, the rain—and it was real rain, for a change—was a genuine blessing, but it...
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A Tradition Like No Other

May 29, 2016 - For close to the past 30 years, we have been blessed to be on the invitation list to the absolutely best party in town:...
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The start of lake season

May 28, 2016 - It was warm today, almost hot, and after a busy morning spent writing then doing outdoor chores, we packed the car with...
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Cooperative but still uncertain waterthrush

May 27, 2016 - I managed a before-work walk to the Babcock Ridge and Henne preserves, places I needed to check out in advance of a Nati...
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The first Luna emergence

May 26, 2016 - In order to participate in a natural history assessment walk in the late afternoon, I spent most of the day inside to fi...
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Ebony emergence

May 24, 2016 - In yet another example of anti-Pasteurism, chance favored the not-particularly-well-prepared mind. After spending a good...
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Plenty to wheep about

May 24, 2016 - The annual spring bird migration is on the wane, and now my attention is turning from the hard travelers who are just br...
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Pretty in Pinxter, redux

May 23, 2016 - For the past couple of weeks, I've had my eye on a small, all-too-spare-looking shrub in the woods near the house. This...
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Tenting today... and tonight

May 22, 2016 - It's been an impressive year for tent caterpillars, and the silken communal nests of our common species, Malacosoma amer...
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Welcome to the swamp, baby GBHs

May 21, 2016 - Another day, another pretty amateurish composite. I was at the Henne Preserve with the Sigma, which, praise be and my go...
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Big Papi's last go-round

May 20, 2016 - For our 35th wedding anniversary, we rewarded ourselves with a trip to Fenway to see the Red Sox Hall of Fame induction...
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Wanna play?

May 19, 2016 - In my charge to myself when I started this daily blog almost three years ago, I resolved, besides committing to a daily...
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A good use for invasives

May 18, 2016 - We had the very friendly and exceedingly competent folks from Renewal by Andersen here today to take care of the last th...
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Garden spectacular

May 17, 2016 - When I was a lot younger, I had aspirations of creating fabulous gardens. I certainly possessed the will and the strengt...
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Oriole antics

May 16, 2016 - There are few bird calls more beautiful than the sweet whistles of the Baltimore Oriole, and there are few birds more ex...
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Feathering the waters

May 15, 2016 - It was unnaturally chilly this morning, and on last night's "News for Lake Woebegon" segment of A Prairie Home Companion...
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Elf chalice

May 14, 2016 - While I would love to be engaged in mushroom hunting at this time of year, the favorite May fungi would be Morels and, a...
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Lucky thirteen

May 13, 2016 - Today was Friday the 13th, and, of course, those folks afflicted by triskaidekaphobia were probably tempted to spend the...
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I see you, too

May 12, 2016 - It's been a fine sunny day for warblers in the tree tops, and with the leaves still little more than a green haze, I'm a...
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Into the [cedar] woods

May 11, 2016 - The Avalonia Land Conservancy, a group I do a lot of volunteering for, brought me along for an assessment trip through a...
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More supertelephoto adventures

May 10, 2016 - OK, mea culpa... I should probably just call a halt to posting and talking about my adventures with the Sigma supertelep...
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Finally, hepatica

May 09, 2016 - Hepatica is not a particularly rare wildflower, but for reasons that have as much to do with older age and less-than-rel...
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The Bobolinks are back

May 08, 2016 - The sun finally made a reappearance in the afternoon, and with the promise of songbirds on the wing, I visited an old "f...
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Nursery search

May 07, 2016 - The sun was not the only thing that came out today. When I spotted those welcome rays in the late afternoon—it had raine...
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Dogwood season

May 06, 2016 - The dreary, cool, threatening-wet weather continues, and it has really played hob with my walking schedule... particular...
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Marking time

May 05, 2016 - I wonder if we'll ever see the sun again: it's been cloudy, cool, gray, and rainy for it seems like forever. OK, in trut...
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Sweet singer

May 04, 2016 - The true test of the utility of a supertelephoto lens is, for me, not whether it can, while held by a sturdy tripod, cap...
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Herbal invader

May 03, 2016 - Among the worst of the worst invasive species, consider the Garlic Mustard. Allaria petiolata is a biennial public enemy...
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Larch, renewed

May 02, 2016 - It sure didn't feel like May this morning, with a 40-ish chill in the gray air and, OMG!—hey, I might now be at full ret...
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Presents

May 01, 2016 - Today marked another birthday, and while I'll be coy about the exact number, let's just say that Social Security conside...
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