Category Archives: nature

Uprooted

My yard smells like Christmas, the fresh pine smell of cut trees.  But this is not the holiday.  The normally comforting and cheery aroma comes from a dying tree.  During Hurricane Sandy, an eastern White Pine, around fifty feet tall, … Continue reading

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Aftermath: We were lucky

Yesterday we sat inside waiting for the storm to arrive.  When I uploaded my post, the wind was just beginning to howl.  “Is that all there is?” I hummed, channeling Peggy Lee.  “Is that all there is . . “  … Continue reading

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Storm Watch 2

Sandy is coming.  The predication is that we will lose power sometime this afternoon.  The entire town has shut down.  Companies are closed.  Schools are closed for the next two days (snow days).  The Connecticut governor plans to close the … Continue reading

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Storm Watch (or dreaming of California in the face of winter)

Winter is coming.  Today the skies are gray, the leaves are almost gone, and I am humming “California Dreaming” as I watch the woods outside my kitchen window.  The newspapers are predicting the perfect convergence of weather events to create … Continue reading

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Squirrels!

In April, three weeks after we moved into our Connecticut house, gray squirrels appeared, boldly crossing the lawn and playing pickup games on the basketball court.  Outraged by the invasion, the female pointer would race from window to window, woofing … Continue reading

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Dogs and Toads Are Not Friends

One of my dogs may be an addict, a toad addict.  In June, my daughter and I read an article by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, “Our Animal Natures,” in the New York Times Sunday Review.  In her discussion of how some addictive … Continue reading

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Tranquility and the Sport of Running

Running along the narrow path between the trees along the river, I feel something spiritual yet primitive.  These are feelings that I cannot accurately label.  I feel my feet hit the path; I hear the leaves moving as the dogs … Continue reading

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RIP Red Kayak

My kayak died last Friday, Friday the thirteenth.  I know that some of you saw a photo on Facebook of me kayaking on the Farmington River that day.  I did cruise up and down this mile long section of the … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Effect

Photographing butterflies is difficult.  Somedays I just can’t get the shutter speed right.  The result is Victorian Fairy photographs—spots of light like Tinkerbell dancing in a meadow.  Butterflies, in the woods, in meadows, in gardens, represent beauty and delight.  We … Continue reading

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No Toads Were Harmed in the Writing of This Blog

I am the mother of girls, girls who like nature and the outdoors.  One daughter is a scientist.  One daughter works in outdoor education. All three can be described as self-sufficient and not squeamish about the Great Outdoors.  From the … Continue reading

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