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Happy 2018

January 01, 2018 - It was so cold this morning—I had two below for the minimum—that a number of places actually cancelled their "polar plun...
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Au revoir, 2017

December 31, 2017 - It's been quite a year, but as we ring out 2017 and get ready to celebrate the arrival of the 2018 model, my granddaught...
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On the road

December 25, 2017 - The night before Christmas, the available males—yours truly, my brother Rob, and my son Caleb—were busy with one of thos...
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Early end

August 24, 2017 - Today was a joyous and melancholy day—the very definition of bittersweet. After doing the usual things with my granddaug...
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Very unexpected visitor

August 10, 2017 - We used to see Box Turtles in the back yard every year. We never knew where they came from, and we never discovered wher...
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Flower child

August 08, 2017 - It's been a fine midsummer for Sweet William blossoms in the flower garden and the nearby gone-wild edges of the fields,...
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Zipping along

July 29, 2017 - There was scant time today for hiking because the Main Event was a party at my daughter Kirsten's house to celebrate my...
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Growing

July 21, 2017 - My granddaughter Stasia and I had time for a quick, late afternoon trip to Amos Lake, our go-to favorite swimming hole,...
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Mountain goat

July 18, 2017 - After a wonderful week at nature camp, my granddaughter Stasia decided that, yes, hiking in the woods was back to being...
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Manual labor

July 15, 2017 - A few years ago, my ancient Snapper gas-powered push mower finally bit the dust (it was at least three decades old at th...
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Difficult position

June 29, 2017 - In addition to a wealth of bona fide bumbebees, the air is often buzzing with large, loud, and, to my granddaughter Stas...
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Feather dance

June 27, 2017 - I had an inordinate amount of writing to do today, so I barely got outside, let alone on the trail. But after my wife re...
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Protection from poke

June 22, 2017 - We're going to have to work on her hedge shears technique, but there's no denying my granddaughter's enthusiasm! When I...
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Safe at home

May 27, 2017 - Yet more dreary, on-the-wet-side, chilly weather, which was made all the more depressing by the fact that my granddaught...
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By day and by night treefrog

April 27, 2017 - Last weekend, when we were all together for the Fellman Family Passover Seder, my grandson Lucas and granddaughter Stasi...
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Under the microscope

April 26, 2017 - The rains moved in today, and with the blackflies and gnats in the wet air, my granddaughter Stasia opted for indoor tim...
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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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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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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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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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Red bird, red bird

January 06, 2017 - A couple of inches of powdery snow arrived in the pre-dawn hours, and when I got up to liberate the mouse that decided t...
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Three moods for 2017

January 01, 2017 - We let our granddaughter Stasia stay up until midnight to witness her first Dropping of the Ball in the Big Apple—I know...
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The night before

December 24, 2016 - Despite the soothing sentiments of the Clement Moore classic poem, there would be no rest for anyone on the night before...
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Foggy morn

December 11, 2016 - Stasia's safely back home in New Hampshire, and I'm back at work. I did, however, have a little bit of time to get out e...
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Fairy tree

December 11, 2016 - Normally, when my granddaughter Stasia arrives "home"—well, at her second home—our agenda... mine, at least, and, until...
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Catching air

December 09, 2016 - Joy of joys: despite the fact that we had to make the long schlep up to coastal New Hampshire to pick up my granddaughte...
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Leaf child

November 27, 2016 - We had to share Stasia with her other grandparents this long holiday weekend, so we didn't get a lot of time to hit the...
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Worst idea ever

October 23, 2016 - There was significant snow in the White Mountains, but nothing save chill and sunshine along the New Hampshire coast, ou...
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Panorama and close-up

October 15, 2016 - Before I dropped my granddaughter Stasia off for a much-hoped-for sleepover at Auntie's, I wasn't able to interest her i...
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Balancing beam

October 14, 2016 - Joy of joys, the woods are ringing again with the sound of girlish laughter! My granddaughter Stasia is here for the wee...
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Happy mermaid

August 24, 2016 - This was to be the last full day of my granddaughter Stasia's visit, so, on a beautiful, warm-but-not-lethal day, we wen...
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Now batting

August 22, 2016 - On tonight's agenda: bat-watching! In the past, this has been one of Stasia's favorite pastimes, but for reasons that pr...
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Give a girl a feather

August 21, 2016 - Another hot and humid day, another trip to Amos Lake for a swim. But in between splashing in the surprisingly still-refr...
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Shadow dancer

August 19, 2016 - With my granddaughter Stasia enjoying a sleepover with "auntie," I had an unexpected few hours of relatively free time....
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Rhythmic gymnastics

August 08, 2016 - I've never been quite sure how I felt about an Olympic event known as rhythmic gymnastics. On one hand, it's quite beaut...
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Beam me down

August 07, 2016 - The Rio Olympics are now in full swing, and with my granddaughter Stasia back in residence, we're trying to stage our ow...
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Indelible otter

July 15, 2016 - The first real heat of summer is firmly in place, and it kept us off the hiking trails for most of the day. But by mid-a...
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Light show

June 23, 2016 - Whenever my granddaughter Stasia is staying with us in early summer, one activity is guaranteed to be on the agenda: a n...
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Searching for butterflies

June 22, 2016 - Earlier this year, my granddaughter Stasia was fitted for glasses and while they're very pretty, they also seem to have...
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In good company

June 21, 2016 - It isn't that I'm antisocial, but most of my treks are, by near necessity, done alone. I'd be happy to walk with someone...
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The graduate naturalist

June 06, 2016 - Today's destination was coastal New Hampshire, where we drove up north to celebrate my granddaughter Stasia's impending...
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The magic of touch

April 28, 2016 - It was a crummy day: wet, cool, and dreary. Had I been alone, I would have gone out anyway, but instead, my wife and I d...
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Elfin to elfin

April 27, 2016 - My granddaughter Stasia's in residence this week—school vacation—and we finally got in our obligatory hike up Lantern Hi...
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Now we are six

March 26, 2016 - I had hoped that my granddaughter and I could have gotten out for a trek, but today, the two of us were rather preoccupi...
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Womanly arts

January 03, 2016 - Today was driving my convalescing daughter-in-law and granddaughter back home day, and while I would rather have had the...
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Icebreaking

January 02, 2016 - Maybe we actually will have a meteorological winter in 2016... After the insanely warm start of the Once-Cold Season, th...
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Puzzling

December 30, 2015 - With weather that varied between light rain and a near-freezing mist, I wasn't able to spend much time on the trail, and...
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Reawakening

December 26, 2015 - With the Big Day behind us, my shadow and I needed to get in some serious hiking, and given a choice of a wide variety o...
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Very merry Christmas

December 25, 2015 - For years and years—now reaching 40—of my second mixed marriage, I, a rarely observant Reform Jew, not only didn't get C...
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Trimming the tree

December 23, 2015 - We spent most of the day in the car: driving up to New Hampshire to pick up my granddaughter and daughter-in-law, the la...
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Goodbye, summer!

September 06, 2015 - Before we headed up to the lake for a final swim and cookout, my granddaughter Stasia and I had to finish up our chores,...
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Downhill slide

June 23, 2015 - We have a visitor this week, and that, of course, plays hob with my walk schedule... not that I'm complaining. But when...
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The graduate

June 11, 2015 - My wife was still hurting from her fall. I was still exhausted from caregiving and a brutal month of deadline work. It w...
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Shad awakening

April 29, 2015 - With my granddaughter in residence, we've been hitting the local hiking trails daily, and on our agenda today was a trek...
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Time-honored tadpole tradition

April 27, 2015 - The Wood Frog tadpoles started hatching a couple of days ago, but most of them are still sticking pretty close to their...
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The real Gary

April 26, 2015 - Like just about every little kid I run into, my granddaughter is absolutely in love with the characters of the SpongeBob...
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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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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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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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The perfect tree

November 30, 2014 - A garden center we know and love sent us a notice about a great sale they were having on Fraser Firs, whose splendidly a...
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The salamander hunter

October 17, 2014 - My granddaughter Stasia was here for the weekend, so we spent as much time outside as possible. Today's agenda called fo...
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