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  • Published
    February 25, 2015

    An inconvenient winter

    Suck it up, friends. It’s New England. It’s winter, writes columnist Dana Wilde.

  • Published
    August 7, 2013

    Purple martin majesties

    It’s time for the purple martins to bid their fall farewell.

  • Published
    July 24, 2013

    Bug love

    Normally you don’t think of insects in connection with Eros. I mean, we humans by and large associate love with beauty. And what could be uglier than bugs?

  • Published
    June 12, 2013

    As the solstice approaches, we’re reminded of the Earth and Sun’s cosmic power

    The summer solstice is on June 21 this year. It’s the day when the sun reaches its highest point at midday and that has the longest interval of daylight.

  • Published
    May 29, 2013

    Late bloomers

    The growing season resembles a long-distance run more than the sprint of spring would suggest.

  • Published
    April 24, 2013

    Thoreau, hermit worlds apart

    While the North Pond Hermit and Henry David Thoreau shared the experience of living in nature for an extended period of time, their similarities stop there.

  • Published
    March 27, 2013

    Winter’s teeth not letting go willingly

    The daytime temperature has been in the vicinity of 35 to 45 degrees with biting wind. A foot of snow fell out of the sky a couple of weeks ago.

  • Published
    February 27, 2013

    Our woods are thick with spruce, fir and nuthatches

    The small birds that bop around our feeder a lot, and are not chickadees, are the nuthatches.

  • Published
    February 13, 2013

    Speaking and understanding chickadee

    In our woods, the easiest birds to identify that aren’t crows or blue jays are the chickadees.

  • Published
    January 23, 2013

    Trees and sun of winter

    Our little clearing on the side of a hill in Troy is surrounded by firs, spruces, pines and some oaks and maples 40 to 50 feet tall, a few probably higher.