Archive for February, 2005

Sunday, February 27, 2005

33 degrees. Bright and sunny with a strong breeze from the north and west, as best I can determine, making the day feel below freezing. Lots of drifting snow on the east side (16, 17, 18, 20, 21), of the pond. Some sort of insect cocoon is visible in 19. The Cardinal was singing again today at post 163. And Kiowa gets an especially long backrub today!

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Saturday, February 26, 2005

28 degrees. Overcast, slight breeze. Squizzle was working at a small hole in the ice. He’s collecting critters, water bugs (copepods, fragilaria, pediastrum, etc) from the water under the ice covering the small pond. The water temperature is 32.2 F according to his digital thermometer. The Cardinal was singing around post 200 again today. Ranger Jean reports that the Loch Fresh Monster has been spotted near the switchbacks.

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Friday, February 25, 2005

28 degrees. It snowed last night and into the wee hours of this morning. The path around the pond was cleared, mostly. The Cardinal was out singing today. See the last picture of the day where an outline is visible. Cassady is limping a bit today. Snow and sand gets caught between her toes and acts like an abrasive. We encounter a local guy with a TV program who stopped to look at the Cardinal. Then he invites me on his program to talk about Fresh Pond and my pictures.

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Thursday, February 24, 2005

25 degrees. Partly cloudy. Big hawk of some kind near the golf course entrance. Photo number four, in a tree. Wingspan of about 4 feet, creamy white on underside, gray with flecks of black and white on top. Second sighting near the main parking lot. More talking with other dog owners today.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

35 degrees. Some nice clouds. Just enough clouds. Cassady gets into her first dog fight. A female, black Lab, I think. This dog did not back down when Cassady snapped at her to indicate the meeting and greeting was over. It came after her a second time. Then I moved in between the two of them. The owner, a niced lady, suggested I could kick her dog for being so bad. No, I replied, I’m just trying to get between the two of them. Then there were a number of long conversations with two other dog owners–and their dogs, who did not want me to stop scratching their backs. The large Golden Retriever saw me coming, a scond time, about half way around, and ran towards me for more scratching and rubbing.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

28 degrees–but no wind. Overcast.

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February 21, 2005 – Monday

31 degrees. Snow. Mild blizzard. It was somewhere between rain and snow when we started out. But after descending the switchbacks, and about a hundred yards on from there, counter-clockwise, it was all snow and a miny blizzard. Still, many people out with their dogs. If only I had a nickel for each time someone remarked, that is so cute, about Cassady’s yellow raincoat. If you are wondering why there are no Fresh Pond pictures from yesterday, settle down. Cynthia and I were in New York City to see THE GATES in Central Park.

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Friday, February 18, 2005

32 degrees. Partly cloudy. Some wind. But one of the big frights of my life–Cassady disappears for about 20 minutes. I lost sight of her. No idea where she was. Ran back and forth a couple of times shouting for her. It started when she was behind me. Then I run into a pack of dogs including two bulldogs. Trying to get a picture of them I failed to see her go ahead of me. I thought she was still behind me. Phew! Found her at last.

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

45+ degrees. Almost clear skies. Breezy. Frozen fish, number 12, in the little pond. Some animal digging in the grass/topsoil in number 20, 21, and 24. A pair of swans were sighted near Sousa’s Rock. Tiny tornado at post number 60. I was dumbfounded and stopped dead in my tracks. It varied from a foot to four feet across and two feet high to six or more high. It lasted a minimum of 30 seconds and maybe as long as a minute or more. If only I had my video camera, I thought, completely forgetting the two photo cameras in my hands.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

55+ degrees. Partly cloudy, breezy. More melting.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

50+ degrees. Bright sun. Erosion photos in abundance today because of the melting snow. The abandoned baby stroller is still sitting by the woods. We went out quite a bit earlier today. One of the regulars asked where we’d been. Around, but just earler today. Spring-like today.

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Monday, February 14, 2005

36 degrees. Overcast and windy. Looks like rain. Today’s walk followed a visit to a local school and a classroom discussion about erosion–to be followed in its turn, by a walk to Fresh Pond and studying soil types and their relationship to erosion.

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Sunday, February 13, 2005

37 degrees. Bright sun, breeze–but not steady. Cassady and Cynthia are today’s companions for my amble around the oval. That sounds like something an old codger would say–but then my 60th birthday was last Tuesday. The difference today is that we went the other direction.

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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Today’s PHOTOS and VIDEOS

Notes for today: 40 degrees. Bright sun, breeze–but not steady. Cassady and Cynthia are today’s companions for my amble around the oval. That sounds like something an old codger would say–but then my 60th birthday was last Tuesday, four days ago, on February 8, 2005.

Today’s Weather

Link of the day: Darwin Day

Book of the day: Who Was Charles Darwin

“As a young boy, Charles Darwin hated school and was often scolded for conducting “useless” experiments. Yet his passion for the natural world was so strong that he suffered through terrible seasickness during his five-year voyage aboard The Beagle. Darwin collected new creatures from the coasts of Africa, South America, and the Galapagos Islands, and expanded his groundbreaking ideas that would change people’s understanding of the natural world. About 100 illustrations and a clear, exciting text will make Darwin and his theory of evolution an exciting discovery for every young reader.”

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February 11, 2005

30 degrees. Bright sun, really stiff breeze–but not steady. Cassady comes home with ice hanging from her belly.


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February 10, 2005

39 degrees. Rained from last midnight till late this morning. Heavy overcast. Wind. Very few people out and about. You have to like a dreary atmosphere.


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February 9, 2005

45 degrees. Mostly overcast but not unpleasant.


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February 8, 2005

34 degrees. Mostly overcast/cloudy, some clear patches of sky. Small gray and black woodpecker at post 1232.


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February 7, 2005

39 degrees, some clouds, mild breeze, quite warm in the sun. Clouds, bark, mushrooms, swans at post number 1230.


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February 6, 2005

40 degrees, clear sky, breeze+. I bring my FRESH POND SUNSETS for Ranger Jean to take a peek. We’ve all gone shopping at Bread & Circus (now called something else) and visited a new local business, Laundromutt, a Wash-Your-Own-Dog laundromat.


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