Subscribe
RSS
Showing posts for 'millpond'. Clear search

Hootenanny

December 28, 2017 - Around four, while I was hauling in wood to feed the increasingly voracious appetite of the basement stove—a cold wave i...
Read the Full Post »

Haute cuisine

August 29, 2017 - On any walk, I'm always searching the weeds for signs of Praying Mantis activity, and today, in the underbrush by the mi...
Read the Full Post »

Uber-predator

August 09, 2017 - Several hundred million years ago, giant dragonflies, with wingspans exceeding two feet, patrolled the steamy and oxygen...
Read the Full Post »

Floral cardinals

August 05, 2017 - It felt like old times today: a walk to the millpond, a few minutes pulling beaver-deposited sticks out of the spillway,...
Read the Full Post »

Odonate mini-gem

July 31, 2017 - We're finally at the end of July... and smack dab in the middle of Amberwing season. These little gems, which are said t...
Read the Full Post »

Nature's buttons

July 24, 2017 - It was a gray, cool day, and by the time I'd finished my writing and house tasks, a steady rain—a blessing, to be sure—h...
Read the Full Post »

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...
Read the Full Post »

Winter's return

January 31, 2017 - The promised snow had yet to arrive at daybreak, so, after I'd finished writing captions to go along with the pictures t...
Read the Full Post »

Utterly grim

January 24, 2017 - Besides even the slightest hint of meteorological optimism, the view from the millpond bridge lacks something else: ice.
Read the Full Post »

Exceedingly busy

January 23, 2017 - Not only was today a work day, but it was also chilly, raw, and, for much of the time, rainy and windy. For a brief time...
Read the Full Post »

Waterfall renewal

November 07, 2016 - There's noise in the local millpond waterfall, and, as if in confirmation that the world isn't about to dry out... yet..
Read the Full Post »

Drought easer

October 24, 2016 - With the more than half-an-inch of rain that we enjoyed over the past couple of days, the millpond was beginning to fill...
Read the Full Post »

Fall, finally

October 17, 2016 - In the realm of what nature photographers often call "leaf porn," this shot, taken from the millpond dam, is probably th...
Read the Full Post »

Clear beginning

September 26, 2016 - There's a time and a place that always seems to give me my first inkling that the annual autumn color show is about to b...
Read the Full Post »

Great horned, hiding

September 25, 2016 - One of the main reasons for creating this blog was vanity: it would give me a chance to showcase my, of course, splendid...
Read the Full Post »

Premature gold

September 16, 2016 - I've been trying to get to the millpond dam area at least a few times a week, and really, I should be getting there ever...
Read the Full Post »

Purple surprise

September 02, 2016 - The weekend forecasts are growing more dire by the minute, as a tropical storm named Hermine begins to work its way nort...
Read the Full Post »

Running on empty

August 30, 2016 - The last day of the month brought me back to the millpond dam after too long an absence. I had a notion that the stream...
Read the Full Post »

Nothing wasted

June 28, 2016 - I saw the inert Painted Turtle shell from the road, and because the reptile remained in its spot when I approached its r...
Read the Full Post »

A mirror for a goddess

June 14, 2016 - One of the greatest joys in my twilight life is to make a new personal discovery, and that daily possibility is, besides...
Read the Full Post »

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...
Read the Full Post »

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...
Read the Full Post »

Roar

January 14, 2016 - The rains of recent days are mostly past, but in their wake, the millpond is now brimful and flowing fast. It's hard to...
Read the Full Post »

Running water

December 22, 2015 - An almost frighteningly dry year is ending on a very wet note—and, to judge by the intense color of the mosses, a very g...
Read the Full Post »

Ice arrival

November 24, 2015 - The mercury in the maximum-minimum Taylor thermometer touched 19 degrees F. at daybreak, and when I went out for a morni...
Read the Full Post »

The return of the millpond mystery

November 16, 2015 - My walking shoes didn't go on until late afternoon, and though I had my camera with me, I suspected that it was nearing...
Read the Full Post »

Real fall

October 12, 2015 - I'm something of a traditionalist, and, according to long-standing tradition, Columbus Day weekend is supposed to be the...
Read the Full Post »

The last cardinal

September 18, 2015 - If what I do with my natural history documentation can be considered a job—I see it more as a calling—then one of my rou...
Read the Full Post »

An unexpected heron

September 08, 2015 - As a result of far too many Great Blue Herons missed, I have learned to approach the millpond dam and waterfall warily,...
Read the Full Post »

Nature's medicine cabinet

September 04, 2015 - I was finally able to push my body past an overgrowth of vegetation—an overgrowth that no doubt harbored an abundance of...
Read the Full Post »

In a patch of jewelweed

August 27, 2015 - Late afternoon, I emerged from hiding indoors, put on my anti-sun armor, and chanced a walk through the shade to the mil...
Read the Full Post »

The start of the swarm

August 26, 2015 - As I walked past the doomed field across the street, I noticed, in what is still left of the meadow towards the still-sh...
Read the Full Post »

Wild grapes

August 25, 2015 - One of the bigger drags of my life right now is the fact that, with my wrists in such bad shape—I can barely hold my dSL...
Read the Full Post »

Still life with Jewelweed

August 20, 2015 - It was a hot, hot afternoon, but my desire to continue testing my new lens overcame my medication-induced fatigue and th...
Read the Full Post »

Caught in the act

August 18, 2015 - I suspect that naturalists and nature chroniclers are basically pornographers at heart, since much of what we do involve...
Read the Full Post »

Rainy day cardinal

August 11, 2015 - The rain—bless you, precipitation deities—came down in buckets today, and I was mostly confined to quarters on indoor pr...
Read the Full Post »

Finally, spinosus

August 07, 2015 - This has been a funny year for dragonflies, and, while I have no real scientific way of proving this, I think my sightin...
Read the Full Post »

The odonate nightmare

August 02, 2015 - The Dragonhunters, those huge—they're our largest clubtailed odonate—nightmares, have started patrolling the pools and s...
Read the Full Post »

Odonate orgy

July 28, 2015 - The Powdered Dancer damselflies, a large and unusually robust species with very white thoraxes, have been active in the...
Read the Full Post »

Great Blue deja vu

July 22, 2015 - I launched this humble blog in late-June 2013, and my third post, in what I figured was a labor of love that wouldn't la...
Read the Full Post »

Natural laundry

June 04, 2015 - One of the best known songs from the classic musical South Pacific features the line about washing "that man out of my h...
Read the Full Post »

Almost adult

June 03, 2015 - Blue Dasher dragonflies are common as dirt around here, and they just might be our most abundant species, with Pondhawks...
Read the Full Post »

Yellow flags unfurled

May 29, 2015 - One of the surest signs that May is drawing to a close is the appearance, in a bewildering array of colors, shapes, and...
Read the Full Post »

Along came a spider... wort

May 19, 2015 - I awoke to one of the sweetest sounds in the world: the splash of rain. We've been in a steadily deepening drought, so I...
Read the Full Post »

Otter... or fisher?

March 15, 2015 - At 3:08:53 pm, I spotted a weasel-like critter on the ice of the millpond. I didn't see how it got there, but as I watch...
Read the Full Post »

Semi-frozen falls

January 10, 2015 - After the snow stopped, the cold returned, and while it wasn't frigid as a couple of days ago, it did fall into the sing...
Read the Full Post »