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Returning

February 28, 2017 - The day was chilly and gray, and with rain at least a threat, I was nervous about walking with my dSLR in tow. But I was...
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Deformed foot

February 27, 2017 - When the amphibians came out of hiding and hibernation last Saturday night, I made sure to collect a few to show to my g...
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Meeting the hedgehog

February 26, 2017 - Yesterday's ridiculous warmth is giving way to February reality, which is to say, it's getting appropriately chilly agai...
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The amphibian premiere

February 25, 2017 - I don't think anyone will be surprised, but this year's edition of March Madness—the debut of amphibian mating life, not...
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Getting still warmer

February 24, 2017 - Remember that this is February, not, as would be nice but hardly remarkable, April. Remember that when you open the door...
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Prim and improperly early

February 23, 2017 - Warmer still today, and with the snow just about gone, it's now possible to scan the newly uncovered ground for more sig...
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The last ski trek

February 22, 2017 - George Washington, this country's first president, was actually born today, and to mark his 285th birthday—the official...
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Getting warmer

February 21, 2017 - Yesterday, there was quiet to greet the sun; this morning, it's chickadees giving their "pee... dee..." calls, titmice s...
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Aconite quick start

February 20, 2017 - The recent warming trend is continuing, and maybe Phil the Groundhog, whose "six more weeks of winter" prediction seemed...
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Insane warmth

February 19, 2017 - I knew we were in for an insanely warm day when I let the cats out early—I was in my nightshirt—and I didn't feel the sl...
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Furnace at work

February 18, 2017 - More than half-a-century ago, when I first started to study the natural world, things were neatly divided into cold-bloo...
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Cold socks

February 17, 2017 - There's the barest hint of warmth in the still chilly February air: just enough to turn the hard snow sufficiently soft...
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Pollen count

February 16, 2017 - I like to work close, and in a perfect world, I'd have the proper modern equipment to capture macro subjects quickly, ea...
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Dress for protection

February 15, 2017 - There are times when the daily treks that inspired this endeavor are not strictly in keeping with the purpose stated on...
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Cold, cold heart

February 14, 2017 - Most of the snow has melted off the branches and boulders, but on today's snowshoe trek, I noticed this bit of icy roman...
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Golden birch

February 13, 2017 - One of these days, I keep telling myself, I am going to learn my trees, and though those days seem to come and go withou...
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Snow scene

February 12, 2017 - Winter Storm Orson, whose dire forecasted arrival caused a complete change of plans yesterday and prevented that other a...
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A touch of thaw

February 11, 2017 - Today was a gift, but not one I expected to have... and not one I really wanted. My granddaughter Stasia and my daughter...
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Niko in black and white

February 09, 2017 - In the wake of Winter Storm Niko, the region was pretty much shut down for most of the morning, and that, for me, was a...
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Obstacle course

February 09, 2017 - I don't like to use any old cliches, but here's one that's amazingly appropriate (which is why it became a standard in t...
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Striders and satyrs

February 08, 2017 - When I got up this morning and let the cats out, the first thing I noticed was the insane warmth, more April than Februa...
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First creeper

February 07, 2017 - The beginning line of yesterday's post—"this is not the picture I wanted"—could easily do for today. But this time, the...
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Snack time

February 06, 2017 - This is not the picture I wanted, but for reasons that remain a mystery, the local Robins were not cooperative about pos...
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In search of...

February 05, 2017 - When I checked the Rhode Island rare bird alert posting this morning, I noticed the following delicious item: somebody r...
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The floral vanguard

February 03, 2017 - In advance of one of my all-time favorite traditions—my oldest friends' party in honor of Groundhog Day—I was combing th...
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Open air, open water

February 03, 2017 - Phil the Groundhog saw his shadow, auguring a month and a half of wintry weather, but most of his competitors forecast t...
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Shadow play

February 02, 2017 - So this morning at a little past 7:30, Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog "Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticator...
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Post-storm tracking

February 01, 2017 - The clipper system snow made two things possible: a bit of cross-country skiing last night and a bit of animal tracking...
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