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False alarm

April 06, 2018 - The Weather Channel, of course, was humming with the "potential" for yet another nor'easter bringing dire consequences t...
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Who's fooling whom?

April 02, 2018 - If Winter Storm Wilbur—yet another post-winter nor'easter—was forecast to arrive yesterday, I would have laughed it off...
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American buffalo

March 17, 2018 - Sometimes you get lucky, and, sometimes, you get lucky while you're carrying a camera and the light is right. This is on...
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Hot-blooded plant

February 19, 2018 - I didn't think I'd get a chance to take this picture in 2018... given the reality setting in that it doesn't appear like...
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The Great Storm's 40th

February 06, 2018 - Forty years ago this morning, the first flakes of snow started falling from a pewter sky. It was cold, real cold, and bo...
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Shovels await

January 30, 2018 - Sometimes you can stick to your schedule; sometimes your schedule eats you alive. This morning was a case of the latter.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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Snow stars

January 15, 2017 - There was the tiniest dusting of snow late last night—not enough, I discovered at daybreak, to ski on, but the roughly h...
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Snow eaters

December 18, 2016 - Under normal circumstances, which is to say, when I was younger and more prone to weather-related angst, the warming tre...
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Perfect present

December 17, 2016 - I got up earlier than usual this morning because last night's forecast, if it could be believed, called for two-to-four...
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Abstract in ice

December 16, 2016 - It was so cold and windy overnight that the "feel like" temperature was somewhere south of Antarctic, but, for the recor...
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Winter's calling card

December 05, 2016 - The warning flags went up on the the Weather Channel last night and they included the S word, as in measurable snow. Tha...
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Entombed moss

April 06, 2016 - The morning started off ridiculously cold—19 at the low ebb, and if my record-keeping was better, it would probably have...
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Oy, not again

April 04, 2016 - The sainted Weather Channel posted the Winter Storm Warnings late last night for a blow they called Ursula, the name der...
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Spicy

April 03, 2016 - The overnight rain turned to snow towards daybreak, and when I looked outside, there was a haze of white on the leaf lit...
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Spring restart

March 22, 2016 - For the Skunk Cabbages, the flowering season is pretty much over. The striped spathes—the hoods that kept the "hot-blood...
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A touch of blizzard

March 21, 2016 - Last night, the forecast for the first full day of spring included a lurid "Winter Storm Warning" and there was a defini...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Early unfurling

January 27, 2016 - The snow is rapidly disappearing in the face of, of course, the return of El Nino warmth. What we're experiencing is ess...
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Light to ski by

January 26, 2016 - We're a day or so past the first full moon of 2016, which the Native Americans and the colonists used to call the Full W...
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After Jonas

January 24, 2016 - The nor'easter has passed out to sea, and in its wake, there are stories of truly epic amounts of snow to our south and...
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A real one

January 23, 2016 - After several days of incredible, "storm of the century" hype, Winter Storm Jonas roared into out neighborhood. To be su...
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Snow at last

January 18, 2016 - Today's the day we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., and over the years, the more I've learned about him, th...
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Unexpected renewal

January 12, 2016 - I shouldn't have been surprised to find a stonefly on the steel railing of a local bridge over now-energetic waters, but...
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Cold front calling card

January 04, 2016 - It was steel-gray this morning, and if I hadn't thought the better of it in this El Nino non-winter, I'd have guessed th...
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Time to ski?

December 31, 2015 - It's a slight dusting of snow—and certainly not enough to cross-country ski on—but as I bid an end to one of the most ch...
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A touch of snow

December 29, 2015 - Finally! Just when I'd begun thinking that maybe, just maybe, the white stuff would steer clear of my locale this season...
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No holding back

March 30, 2015 - Most of the Saturday Night Snowstorm Surprise has melted, and in the white's wake, you can now see the ground. True, it'...
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A dash of color

March 29, 2015 - Who could'a thunk it? asked singer-songwriter Greg Brown. He wasn't, of course, talking about winter, but that immortal...
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Neither fire nor ice

March 27, 2015 - When Robert Frost pondered, akin to T.S. Eliot, the way the world might end, the flinty sage of Derry, New Hampshire, su...
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Debu-aconite

March 24, 2015 - The tree murderers arrived this afternoon to begin the destruction of the doomed woodlot across the street, but they did...
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Maiden voyage on snowshoes

March 21, 2015 - Winter, no, Spring Storm Ultima dumped about four inches of fresh powder atop a solid, six-inch crust, and my granddaugh...
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Happy spring

March 20, 2015 - In a break from a long-running tradition, the Westerly Morris Men, a local dance troupe, couldn't make the trek up Lante...
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Aquatic pancakes

March 19, 2015 - There's yet more cold in the offing and, if at least one of the forecast models is correct, we're in for a continuation...
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Great floral expectations

March 17, 2015 - With every little bit of new warmth—and there have been a few episodes—you can start to see that, yes indeed, there is s...
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Tracks in sharp focus

March 17, 2015 - The identity of the track maker is easy to determine: cloven hooves in the middle of the woods, and no telltale odor of...
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March mini-flood

March 16, 2015 - A recent spell of rain and relative warmth has put winter on notice that the vernal equinox is around the corner and, we...
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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...
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A touch of fog

March 11, 2015 - It never went below freezing last night—something of a first for the winter—and in response to the relative warmth, the...
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Unfurling

March 10, 2015 - The snow is still deep. I continue to need to use snowshoes to get to the compost pile. I've yet to swear off long under...
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Here's to you, Potter!

March 08, 2015 - With the sun starting to disappear behind the forecasted rain clouds, I took off my snowshoes and walked back to my car.
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Wear a hardhat

March 07, 2015 - There are some subtle signs of melting, but the biggest, most obvious indication that there's actually some warmth in th...
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Snowbound sparrow

March 05, 2015 - Thor finally left the ridge, but, of course, in the wake of a giant winter storm, the temperature plummeted. This was bo...
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Graveyard shift

March 05, 2015 - The snow from Thor lightened overnight, but it never stopped entirely, and at daybreak, it increased in intensity. I gue...
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Thor starts to hammer

March 04, 2015 - Winter Storm Thor arrived this afternoon, and by sundown, the snow was falling fast and heavy on the ridge. By about ten...
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Left behind

March 01, 2015 - Sparta left about six inches of powdery snow in its wake. I did about half the shoveling late last night, and I got up e...
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Snowground

March 01, 2015 - The plan had been that we would bring our granddaughter back home today, but the impending arrival of Winter Storm Spart...
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Ice garden

February 28, 2015 - I managed to get out alone today for a brief jaunt, and I came home with a harvest of interesting images: a Winter Wren...
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Today, the toboggan; tomorrow...

February 27, 2015 - OK, I know... this is supposed to be a nature photo-and-essay blog—not an account of the blogger's family. But hey, my g...
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Scaling Everest

February 25, 2015 - It barely got into the 20s today, but the sun was bright and reasonably inviting. We had a full calendar, however, so th...
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The snows of New Hampshire

February 24, 2015 - Today was not going to be a walking day, since we were on a mission to travel north to coastal New Hampshire to pick up...
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A brief "January" thaw

February 23, 2015 - Winter Storm Pandora did more than bring more snow to the ridge. The storm also pulled in a brief spell of warmth—a tast...
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Pandora's Sunday surprise

February 22, 2015 - I hadn't expected this: a fresh blanket of new snow that arrived in the morning as Winter Storm Pandora swept by. There...
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A genuine survivor

February 21, 2015 - I love this tree, an ancient birch sculpted by decades of exposure to wind, rain, snow, cold, warmth, birds, and bugs. I...
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A touch of warmish gold

February 20, 2015 - It started off at three below, and it didn't rise all that much during the day. But, cold or not, I got into my skis and...
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The last open water

February 19, 2015 - With Winter Storm Octavia out of the way and Pandora on the horizon, I discovered something unpleasant: I am not quite i...
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Surprise, it's spring

February 18, 2015 - It wasn't too beastly cold today, but it was a shopping and errand day, so I didn't have much time to do anything more t...
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Octavia's junco

February 17, 2015 - After a one-day, semi-respite—as if winter tundra conditions, even though sunny, constitute balmy—we were paid a visit b...
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Hail Neptune

February 15, 2015 - Maybe it wasn't a particularly smart idea to go for a walk at the height of the Second Coming of Winter Storm Neptune. T...
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Keeping afloat

February 13, 2015 - It was clear and cold to start the day, with a low of 1 above at daybreak and then a slow climb out of single digits. I...
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Cross country

February 12, 2015 - The snow dogs of yesterday presaged cold this morning, and they presaged right: it was 9 degrees at daybreak, and it did...
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Snow-ways

February 10, 2015 - One of the great joys of this winter is the fact that, although it arrived late, it arrived with abundant snow... and sn...
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Never trust a pump handle

February 09, 2015 - For all of the advanced billing, Winter Storm Marcus proved to be something of a mild-mannered fellow—at least in our ne...
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No need for snowshoes... yet

February 07, 2015 - There's a better than decent chance that we'll soon be hit with yet another snowstorm, so to get prepared, I brought in...
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After the latest storm

February 06, 2015 - In the wake of the latest storm, which was nothing much here, but another foot of snow in the Boston area, the temperatu...
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Shadow play

February 04, 2015 - The storm is past, and it's cold, still, and dazzling. There's at least a foot of snow on the ground, so getting anywher...
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A very, very cool cat

January 31, 2015 - After the passage of a modest clipper overnight, the temperature plummeted. It had bottomed out in the single digits whe...
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A short-tailed visitor

January 30, 2015 - I first spotted this little guy—I don't think it's possible to quickly tell males from females, so "guy" is generic—emer...
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A cross-country track at last

January 29, 2015 - In my next incarnation, I will live in a more northern region that gets abundant snow—and this mythical place will come...
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Vanishing Lycopodium

January 26, 2015 - The much-ballyhooed nor'easter, code-named Juno, started hissing snow around nine this morning, but for the first six ho...
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A tease of snow

January 15, 2015 - If the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service has any kind of street cred on the ridge, we're supposed to shor...
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An unexpected snow

January 09, 2015 - It was a bit warmer this morning, with the temperature in the upper teens, but the sky was dark gray and foreboding. The...
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A skin of snow

January 07, 2015 - Any lingering warmth departed last night, and as the mercury dropped, there was persistent but light snow in the air, th...
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Send in the plows

January 03, 2015 - While I worked on building up the woodpile and cleaning out the storage building, I watched the sky turn from relatively...
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Snow on cyclamens

November 28, 2014 - It got grayer and colder yesterday as we headed towards dusk, and it started raining again. As we were finishing dessert...
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First snow of the season

November 14, 2014 - Overnight, the temperature plummeted from relatively warm to the upper 20s, and as the cold front, the calling card of t...
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