Thawing out

Air temperature: 58 degrees F Water temperature: 42 degrees F Wind: 20 mph, NNE Sunny. A few patches of snow remain along the trail, the last remnants of winter.

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What's in a name?

A friend of mine gave me the book Home Ground edited by Barry Lopez. It’s a dictionary of idiosyncratic American landscape terms. The definitions are written by a who’s-who of nature writers, so its not your run-of-the-mill dictionary. It’s an exploration and celebration of the way language

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Cormorants

This morning, two cormorants made simultaneous appearances after a winter’s absence. A Double-crested cormorant swam and dived in the river channel. The other cormorant perched atop channel marker #93 at the mouth of the creek. Yellow chin and white feathers on the back of its head. Eventually,

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Hooded mergansers

This morning, when I looked out the parlor window, several flashes of white on the creek caught my eye. I set up the spotting-scope to take a closer look. Hooded mergansers–eleven of them: five males and six females. Distinguished by their conspicuous white head crest, the males

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First paddle of the season

Yesterday, I had an errand to run to the sloop Clearwater. By dusk, the tide turned and pushed the remaining ice out of the creek. A strong southerly wind eventually calmed, so I decided to put the canoe in the water and paddle up the creek to

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Snowbound

Typical indecisive March weather: several days of convincing spring thaw interrupted by a winter relapse. A snowstorm moving up the coast promises to drop a foot of snow overnight. As if that wasn’t enough, a bit of flooding forecast for tonight after midnight: runoff and snowmelt meeting

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