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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Migratory waterfowl

With temperatures in the 50s this week, ice is leaving the Esopus Creek. Today, the open water attracted some visitors: a mixed flock of waterfowl numbering in the hundreds. Mostly Canvasbacks and Ring-neck Ducks. Over fifty Green-winged Teals. Two male Buffleheads and one female. Two pairs of

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Sign of spring

This morning, as I stepped outside to chop firewood, I heard my first red-winged blackbird of the season, calling from the cattails. Temperatures are forecast for the low 50s. Last week, I couldn’t leave the lighthouse on account of the wind chill. This week, I’ll be walking

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What to do on a winter day…

Negative ten. Hemmed in by the winter wind. No where to go. Nothing to do. Feed firewood into the kitchen stove. Drink tea. Listen to the radio. Think back on other places, other times.

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Wind Chill

Current weather: 10 degrees F, Northwest wind gusting over 20 mph. Wind Chill near -10 degrees F. I tried to hike to the parking lot but barely made it 100 yards along the trail before the wind made my eyes water until I couldn’t see. First time

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Melting ice

Open water reappeared at the mouth of Esopus Creek after heavy rainfall two days ago. This morning, various waterfowl congregated in the open water. Two dozen Common Goldeneye, a half-dozen Common Mergansers, and a handful of Canvasbacks paddled the open water and dived along the edge of

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The manifold half-mile

The distance from the trailhead where I park my car to the front door of the lighthouse is a half mile. How do I get from point A to point B? There a numerous possibilities. For routes, the choices are the trail, the creek, and the cove.

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After the blizzard

After a day and night of wind-driven snow and white-out conditions, I was so excited to see what the snowstorm had brought to the valley that I couldn’t wait for sunrise. I was tromping around outside before dawn with my camera. The creek and river were frozen

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Snowdrifts

I put on snowshoes and walked to the mailbox. Along the way, I encountered 2 to 3-foot deep drifts of snow on the trail. In other places, the wind blew the snow clear from the trail. In the relatively protected forest on the shore, the snowfall was

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