Some New Year’s pics

In this post, I am just going to post some photos I took around our house before the paltry one inch of snow fell. Happy New Year everyone!

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The tide was coming in, swirling sea foam up onto the sand.

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There’s a mallard drake hiding behind that little tussock. It’s hunting season, and we are awakened most mornings by volleys of gunfire on the marsh. Very unpleasant, especially given the recent tragedy in CT. I find the ducks and geese more skittish this time of year. This duck was alone. I wonder if his mate was shot.

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I always wonder why someone doesn’t empty this little boat and use it already. It’s been sitting in the marsh for years.

DSCN0035I guess these people really don’t want anyone walking down their little road. What you can’t see is the security camera on the side. One of the locals opened a restaurant across the street, and they’ve been angry about it ever since.

DSCN0044Here’s the wind turbine at the state beach pavilion. It sounds like a freight train when it’s windy, and I’m glad we don’t live near it. I attended a talk on bats by a state biologist a couple of weeks ago, and he told us that these turbines are death traps for bats. Apparently, they’re attracted to them for some reason. So… I guess there really is no such thing as zero impact energy. As you can see, they’re still dealing with the sand deposited by Hurricane SandyDSCN0059Despite numerous gales and a hurricane, this oak was clinging to its leaves, which were relatively intact. Stubborn tree.

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About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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7 Responses to Some New Year’s pics

  1. cj wright says:

    Another round of great pics, dn. I had no idea about the turbines and bats.
    I’ve got a chestnut tree in my yard that refuses to release its leaves, too. All the others have, but that chestnut will not let go!

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    • dirtynailz says:

      Thanks, CJ. Yes, the turbines are death to bats. The state biologist told us that there is something about the movement of the blades that attracts them.

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  2. herbdoc says:

    Less than an inch? We have nearly a foot here, only 15 minutes or so away! Thanks for the great pics, and a healthy, happy new year to all!

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    • dirtynailz says:

      Thanks, Kathy. Yes, I was very disappointed to see how little snow had fallen here. Typical, though, so close to the water.

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      • mmgcc says:

        We received three to four feet in the St. Adele/St. Agathe region. The skiing is the best in years. I was shocked when I went to my house on Saturday as there was next to nothing two weeks ago. There seems to be more than the total received the past winters.
        Nice photos BTW.

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  3. Wow, less than an inch of snow? We have loads here; drive up and get some. Or just get ours delivered to you and build a fortress for snowball fights!

    A beautiful round of photos. It’s amazing that the oak tree is still holding onto its leaves!

    Happy New Year!

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