Sunday, November 18, 2012
On the day of the storm, I worked from home and the lights flickered early in the day. Not a good sign. Winds and some rain picked up. Although the rain didn't and never came close to Hurricane Irene. Mind you Hurricane Irene made landfall to my northeast and Hurricane Sandy made landfall to my south. The winds picked up and by 6 pm they were pretty brutal. I had been watching tv coverage all day, saw that Sandy had made landfall, then at 8 pm decided I needed to watch something else. I was excited to see a PBS show about wolverines and was just getting comfortable when the power went out. I peeked outside and it was pitch black everywhere with swirling ominous winds. Well I thought, I'm sure by morning the power will be back on and went to bed.
My parents had 7 large trees fall on their house....a domino effect. No real damage to the house or deck. The nearby woods has more trees down on the ground than upright. I cruise around the woods to get a closer look. It looks like mostly white ashes went down with some other trees here and there. I later learn that white ashes have shallow roots in rocky soil, which is what my parents have. I get to see the slow operation of getting the trees off the house.
Thankfully the following nor'easter was a non-event. The ride home in the snow was a bit tough especially with the increased traffic and lack of potential open alternates. I got 5 inches of snow that night, but it was already starting to melt by morning. I didn't lose power and now felt safe to buy perishables for the fridge again.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
The bottom one I think is called a Harnessed moth (Apantesis phalerata). I'm not 100% sure of that ID. That one didn't seem so happy as it sat stoically on the carpet. I moved it to the railing because I was sure someone would step on it.What I have learned from this, is that I really do need a macro lens on my dslr since these better shots came from my point and shoot.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
In other field excursions for work, I've had some unpleasant sightings. First my first dead black bear carcass in the woods. It was mostly bones, but a paw was intact. Interestingly the head was gone. I'm not going to post this pics. Then we went and explored some new bird boxes at a site. We saw feathers and wings sticking out of the bottom of the box. We touched them with no reaction. Once we opened the 2 boxes, we found 18 dead adult tree swallows. From doing some research, it seems that perhaps the tree swallows were so weakened from the migration that they were unable to climb up the smooth box inside to get out. Plus they are not the best climbers. We scooped the birds out and the next time I go out there, I'll try to roughen up the box front insides. I also emailed the person who I think put up the boxes to let him know.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
If you've spent any time in wetlands, you've probably stumbled upon this orange slime or coating in spots. In some areas iron-rich groundwater comes to the surface and the iron precipitates out. It also can be associated with acid mine drainage. Well this area above this large wetlands is likely an old landfill similar to old farm dumping. I've never seen such a large expanse of this yellow boy or whatever it's called. But it sure was impressive.
Also on the site, I made a fantastically creepy find. This doll head lying in the leaf litter and filled with leaf litter and mud. When I picked it up and it's "brains" starting falling out it gave me quite the startle. I decided it was only right to display it on a tree for all to enjoy. I'm currently using the bottom pic as my computer wallpaper and work and it certainly gets quite the response. I'm also now being shown photos of other creepy doll finds. I guess that's what I'll be known for at work.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
We took our winter Vermont trip early this year and it was a very small group as the parents were up at the house. Even Vermont had very little snow until the days we drove up and two snow events gave us about a foot of fresh and festive snow. It was the perfect snow and made everything beautiful and postcard like. It was the perfect depth to take leisurely walks in the woods and the dogs enjoyed romping about.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
We also had a mystery guest as shown on the photo below. The camera is set pretty close to the ground. By process of elimination, we said it was a red fox. We think its' up on the camera going for a very very quick sniff because the photos before and after it, which are one second apart, show nothing.....unless someone else thinks otherwise.