Archive for the ‘Nature & Wildlife’ Category

Dock Rescue

13Apr14

April 12 is now officially the earliest date that I have physically entered a body of water in the state of Massachusetts. It is a personal record that I hope will never be broken. It was a perfect spring day for yard work, warm and dry. That’s exactly what I was – warm and dry […]


Snow Deal

08Mar12

One day last fall as I headed out for a morning walk, my neighbor stopped me as I strode past his house. “See this?” Ron asked, pointing to the contraption sitting in front of his garage. “It’s a snow blower.” Yes, I know,” I replied, suddenly feeling like I had walked into a Leslie Nielsen […]


You’ve probably heard that Mark Twain once observed, “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” The quote was intended to humorously illustrate the obvious point that humans can’t control the weather – or at least they couldn’t in the time of Mark Twain. Nowadays, scientists tell us that human activity not […]


They say you should take it easy when the summer heat gets unbearable. This black squirrel is cool in more ways than one. First of all, he has a blond tail, a very eyecatching trait. Second, he is apparently seeking relief from the summer heat by stretching out on the cool metal of this fence […]


Close Encounter

19Jul09

of the Unbearably Cute Kind I was standing waist deep in water, about to go for a swim in the pond behind my house (Sluice Pond – Lynn, Massachusetts), when two tiny ducklings and their watchful mom swam up and approached me within an arms length. Obviously, since I was about to go for a […]



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