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Hunkering down, getting out

I took this photo near our house the morning after last Thursday’s storm. It’s blue-ish because the sun hadn’t risen yet.  That white mound in the center of the frame is a spruce, covered in snow and ice. As I … Continue reading

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A failed experiment

In a recent post, I wrote about how members of my orchid club recommended Dawn dishwashing liquid to treat scale and other pests. I mixed a solution according to the recommended formula (3 parts water to 1 part Dawn) and … Continue reading

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Brightening a bathroom

This is “Begonia Richardsiana,” a semi-tuberous begonia purchased several years ago for about $12 at Logee’s greenhouses in Danielson, CT. It lives on the windowsill of our master bathroom, with a nice view of a shady part of the garden. If you’re … Continue reading

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Winter woods

I spent some time hiking in the woods over the Christmas holiday. We were in Quebec, and there was plenty of snow. I am always lagging behind the others on the trail, taking in the forest and the details of individual … Continue reading

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Non-toxic plant pest control

Orchid pests were the topic at the most recent meeting of my club, the Ocean State Orchid Society. We geeked out over images of revolting aphids, mealy bugs and everyone’s favorite, scale. One of the club’s most respected and knowledgable members, … Continue reading

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Regional specialities

The above photo shows a favorite Quebec food: the iconic poutine. For those of you unfamiliar with this dish, it consists of just three ingredients: french fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy. Because there are so few components, each one must … Continue reading

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Solstice

I am writing this on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. As they pine for those long summer days, everyone says “it gets better from here on.” I truly love this time of year because it is … Continue reading

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It was a bear

In a recent post, I wrote about a probable bear attack on my bird feeders. Here’s the culprit, captured by my neighbor’s wildlife cam. I didn’t want to write about it while it was still in the area, because I was afraid … Continue reading

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More from New York

When I am in New York, I spend a lot of time looking up. There’s just so much going on with all those buildings. It truly is a photographer’s dream. Notice how the building in the middle of the shot … Continue reading

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Central Park

I spent a few days in New York recently, and took a walk through Central Park. It’s so amazing to have this immense green space in the heart of such a large city. What I also love about it is … Continue reading

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