Archive for January, 2005

December 31, 2004

Warm, practically. Everything is melting.



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December 30, 2004

37 degrees today–but it feels warmer than yesterday because of the bright sun and clearer sky.





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December 29, 2004

43 degrees. Practically tropical, I say to Eric as we leave for a counter-clockwise walk–yesterday being a clockwise walk. Very few clouds when we leave. Overcast by the time we return. Pink and blue both in the sky and in the water. At one point in the walk there are criss-crossing waves.





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December 28, 2004 – animal tracks in winter

Today’s PHOTOS and VIDEOS

Notes for today: 27 degrees. A little wind, some clouds, becoming cloudier as Eric and I rotate around–or does the pond rotate around us? Anyway, sincerity and autonomy were on today’s menu. Along with snow pictures and the beautiful visages created by snow, land, wind, trees and leaves. Lost glasses hanging on the fence–which were turned in to the waterworks security/information desk. Still no Cassady as her foot continues to be sore. Maybe tomorrow…

Today’s Weather. Scroll down to see last month’s Weather Calendar.

JANUARY 2005 Programs at Fresh Pond Reservation

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.

ANNUAL POTLUCK SUPPER AND MEMBERS’ MEETING
           

     Date:  Friday, January 7

        Time:  6:00 to 8:30 pm

        Location: Maynard Ecology Center

                  Basement of Neville Place

                  650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation is celebrating its third anniversary!  After the meal we will offer a brief summary of the year’s accomplishments followed by a roundtable discussion of what we might do in the future.  Join us if you are a member or would like to learn more about the Friends group.  RSVP (see below)

WINTER TREE IDENTIFICATION

        Date: Saturday, January 15

        Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

        Location: Maynard Ecology Center

                  Basement of Neville Place

                  650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Maples and Oaks are the predominant hardwood trees in New England.  You can identify them, even in winter, by learning to use the “Winter Tree Finder” by Watts and Watts.” We will show you how! The Friends group has copies to lend or sell for $4.00. We will go out, so dress warmly

WINTER BIRD WALK

        Date: Sunday, January 16

        Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am

        Meeting Place: Neville Place Parking Lot

                       650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Bird watching is a pleasant way of being outside in January.  We will look for over-wintering songbirds

and waterfowl. Beginners are welcome.  We have a telescope to share and binoculars to lend– and will show you how to use them.  Dress warmly!

ANIMAL TRACKS AT FRESH POND

  A program for Families with Kids 5-11 year old.

        Date: Sunday, January 23

        Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

        Location: Maynard Ecology Center

                  Basement of Neville Place

                  650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Learn to read the stories that animals’ footprints tell.  We will look at tracks inside and outside and

will focus on identifying and reading tracks and other signs left by animals that use the Reservation.  Dress

for the weather, with boots for walking in snow or cold.

SEASONAL ADAPTATIONS OF ANIMALS TO WINTER

        Date: Sunday, January 30

        Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

        Location: Maynard Ecology Center

                  Basement of Neville Place

                  650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

People can put on a coat or stay indoors when the temperature plummets, but wild animals have to find other ways to survive. We will learn some of their secrets and look at examples outside. Dress warmly!

Recommended reading: Winter World: Ingenuity of Animal Survival (03 Edition) by Bernd Heinrich, $8, used, Amazon.

Please register  for each program you plan to attend. e-mail Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or call Chief Ranger Jean Rogers at (617) 349-4793 and leave your name and phone number.

Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation and the Fresh Pond Ranger Program.

The Friends group’s  “Year 2004 in Review” report can be read online at: http://friendsoffreshpond.org/groupmeetings/annualwintermeeting2004/yearinreview2004.htm


December 26, 2004

Snowing, blowing, shopping at Bread & Circus. 25 degrees. We pass two people with their Bernase Sauce dogs (who resemble the shape of smaller Saint Bernards, but have distinctive coloring, black, brown, white), three runners pass us going the other way. Otherwise, nobody. On the way back it would be very dark except that the snow causes all remaining light to be spread around. On the other hand, the snow is thick enough so that bright lights on the opposite side of the pond are not visible. On leaving the store I tell Cynthia how this kind of weather reminds me of growing up in Wyoming–except that Massachusetts is a kind of mild version of that state. The dog is an Australian Blue Healer–and a regular visitor to Fresh Pond.





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December 25, 2004

Right at the freezing mark today. Some clouds. Tiniest of breezes. Encounters with Scout and his people and Eric. Two lost gloves. Ducks swimming in a herd/troop/gaggle/whatever. And a rare vertical rainbow about 23 degrees away from directly looking at the sun.





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December 24, 2004

34 degrees. LOTS of rain last night. Some photos show the significant erosion caused by the overnight storms. Dozens of birds, many of them robins, around post 210.





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December 20, 2004

15 degrees, very windy–and cold! A snowplow passed me three times. Robin at post 229, then again at 129, although it may have been the same Robin, but it seemed fatter. Then, at post 648, a whole flock of Robins, perhaps a dozen or more. I speak briefly with a workman who has just finished helping put the derailed train back on its tracks. Apparently the track is used for the delivery of something, maybe corn syrup, to some business down the track, maybe in Cambridge. Its the first train I’ve seen there in years. Near the end of the walk a mostly black, Husky/mongrel like dog runs down one of the paths from Huron Avenue and proceeds around the pond, perhaps taking itself for a walk. There’s no humans around. I passed maybe a half a dozen people. No companions today as Cassady still has a hurting paw, and Eric had to work today. Damn you, contingencies of life!





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December 19, 2004

43 degrees–practically tropical. Thin overcast. Almost no wind. The small pond is completely frozen over except for some melting around the edges. Lost hat in the public parking lot. A train engine with two tanker cars seems to be stuck under the bridge leading to the public parking lot. The engine has been running–but nobody seems to be attending or watching. It looks like one side of the tracks has sunk and put the engine and cars in danger of falling over or off the tracks. Did somebody take the train for a joyride and leave it there. Where would the train be delivering corn syrup (as is written on the side of the tanker cars)? Down the tracks a bit, where they cross Concord AVenue, another engine sits, apparently empty, idling. Stay tuned…





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December 18, 2004

34 degrees, overcast, gray, almost calm. Duck pairs on the big pond. The little pond being almost completely covered by ice. The loop path is open today–having been closed for a month or more. This explains the picture of Cynthia and Cassady on the bench.





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December 17, 2004

40 degrees, windy, pleasant, some lingering snow, more ice on the small pond. Lots of golf balls and tennis balls on the other side of the fence. Cassady’s limp continues–but gradually goes away as we make our way around the pond. She pretends she doesn’t have it when approached by another dog. But don’t we all try to put up our best front when approached by others?





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December 16, 2004

A pleasant day with temperatures around 35-40 degrees. Frost can be found just under the surface of leaves. Mushrooms have a protective glaze of ice. A LARGE hawk like predator bird around post 560, photo 15. Ran out of 35mm film just as I was moving to take pictures from another side… and it flew off. Dead bird around post 200. First ice on the big and little pond. Candle-like icicles in photo 25. Lost glove in photo 21. Do you know the story behind that glove? Send it to Lost Gloves @ Fresh Pond (if you don’t know the real story then make one up).





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December 15, 2004

A 27 degrees and very windy cold day. Two Italian Greyhounds appeared to be freezing even with their fashionable doggy coats. Stopped by the Robin site to get some pictures–with the sun behind me. Nothing today. Perhaps having reached the site later today and the two previous days.





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December 14, 2004

Cassady still has a sore right-front leg, so today’s walk was short, and on the hill behind the athletic field. More robins. Near the highest point on the path at the top of the hill, and just behind the wooden bleachers near the playground. 30 degrees, wind, but clear sky as seen in the first picture.





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December 13, 2004

Cassady has a sore right-front leg, so today’s walk was short, and on the hill behind the athletic field. Nevertheless, we saw, at one time, three robins.





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December 12, 2004

Overcast, windy, 41 degrees. Touches of less cloudy, bright skies–but only on the horizon. Its a Cynthia, Cassady, Richard fast walk today. In photos 11-13 is what looked to be a Robin at post 223. Do Robin’s hang out this late in the year at Fresh Pond?





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December 10, 2004

Overcast, windy, raining. 43 degrees. Great weather–we have practically the whole place just for the two of us.





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December 9, 2004

Overcast, mild breeze. 45 degrees.





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December 8, 2004

Mostly clear sky–bright and sunny. Windy. Eric and I discuss the Neocons, conspiracy theories about Pearl Harbor, WTC, then, what’s up with Iraq.





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December 7, 2004

Gray and overcast. 40 degrees. Eric discovers–and names, the ZigZag Tree. Rain. We pass only 3 or 4 people, including a woman from Scotland who is out with her tiny, enthusiastic, friendly dog. Eric says he’s also of Scottish stock. I shout out about being one-quarter Scot (on my grandmother’s side). There is talk of neocons, religion, a better digitla camera, ashrams, communes, 60’s radicals and the most fearsome creature to walk the planet.





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