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Almost ready arbutus

March 31, 2017 - The weather today was completely not conducive to walking, particularly with a camera, with cold rain, even a bit of sno...
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Young raptor

March 29, 2017 - Today was dump day, and after I'd finished unloading the truck, I drove downhill to a favorite trailhead that would lead...
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Serpent out of sleep

March 29, 2017 - I wouldn't call it exactly warm, but it was temperate enough that the Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers were in fine voice,...
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A cure for something

March 27, 2017 - Spring weather remains quite over the horizon, and any thought of putting the wood stove to bed for the season—to say no...
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Another Big Night

March 26, 2017 - When the vernal pools come to life, the change is often breathtakingly sudden, dramatic, and, of course, loud. This afte...
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Diners, home and away

March 26, 2017 - Little did I know that when I took shots of my granddaughter Stasia enthusiastically and, to be sure, messily, scarfing...
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Welcome to the world, Hatch

March 25, 2017 - According to the critically important writer Richard Louv, we suffer, as a culture, from an awful ailment he dubbed "Nat...
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The best/worst of times

March 24, 2017 - Among the days that are the most eagerly anticipated on my schedule are those I'd call teaching days: the times that I'm...
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The last flake?

March 23, 2017 - Almost all scientific evidence to the contrary, I am a great and long-time believer in my uncanny ability to jinx the un...
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Bryophyting

March 22, 2017 - A few years ago, I had the great good fortune, at an event known as the Andrews Foray, to run into a Mainer named Ralph...
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Along comes a tiny spider

March 21, 2017 - I'm going to begin this edition of the blog with an apology: I should know the identity of this ground-scurrying spider...
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Out of the snow

March 20, 2017 - It's still cold to start the day, but it's definitely warming up in the afternoon, and though a combination of still fie...
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Re-awakening, redux

March 19, 2017 - It's going to be one of those Marches, the kind that drives you mad. Spring weather arrives early, then retreats, the re...
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Gull special

March 18, 2017 - I used to be a much-better-than-average birder, and in those old avian-watching-days, this gull, observed flying over th...
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Reluctant green

March 17, 2017 - Saint Patrick's signature accomplishment—ridding the homeland of serpents, dangerous and otherwise—will certainly not be...
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Homecoming

March 16, 2017 - When the beavers returned to the millpond last year, I saw almost daily evidence of their busy work, the undoing of whic...
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Scary aftermath

March 15, 2017 - Stella is gone, and in her good-riddance wake, the ferocious storm left bitter cold, howling winds, and about three inch...
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Below expectations

March 14, 2017 - When I got up this morning, the lights were on, the wind was fairly calm—for March... it's been blowing steadily for day...
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Wormless moon

March 13, 2017 - I begin with an apology: despite my stated intention to get outside to go on a daily nature walk, sometimes life gets in...
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Guess who's coming to dinner?

March 12, 2017 - The sun came out grudgingly after the unexpected storm departed, and in its wake was great cross-country skiing, bitter...
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Heathered

March 11, 2017 - Many, many years ago—maybe a couple of decades ago—we bought a little container of what we were told was Heather both fo...
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Snowy visitor

March 10, 2017 - Ah, March. Yesterday was butterflies and amphibians; today is cold and heavy snow. Incipient spring is back in hiding an...
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Out from under

March 08, 2017 - The day warmed fast after a chilly start, and after I'd gone on a reconnaissance hike to the Benedict Benson Preserve, a...
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Aboveground

March 07, 2017 - i can't guarantee that this is the first Chipmunk, or, as my granddaughter charmingly used to call them, Chink munks, th...
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Concentrated

March 07, 2017 - There's been the slightest break in the cold, but the shallower stretches of the local farm pond—the one I now hike to o...
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Icebox, redux

March 06, 2017 - With the return of cold so fierce that yesterday, I just about wound up with frostbite in my thumb—and I was wearing fai...
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Alder ID deferred

March 04, 2017 - If I were a more dedicated botanist, I would have already determined—I've been threatening to do this for years—precisel...
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Thermonastic

March 04, 2017 - Just when I'd thought—and worse, written in a weekly column that reaches perhaps 100,000 readers—that winter was over, i...
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Now arriving

March 03, 2017 - The weather hasn't been exactly inviting for walking, and with my granddaughter no longer simply eager to brave any cond...
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Blossom in miniature

March 02, 2017 - I've started to rigorously put the newest addition to the photographic toolkit—a refurbished 85mm Nikkor micro lens—thro...
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Flagrant frogs

March 01, 2017 - The amphibians came out to court and mate on the rainy evening last Saturday that I wrote about, and among the critters...
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