Nature Walk

Tonight, we walked through a wooded area, in which many of the trees appear to be diseased. Lots of holes from woodpeckers, downed trees, trees missing bark, etc. – it was lovely. Some of my favorite images from the evening are here. As always, click on the image to make it larger.

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Large chunk of bug-eaten bark on the ground.

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Leaves still on the trees.

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Dead tree standing.

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Color contrast.

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Tufted titmouse.

The Birds are Back

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We’re finally seeing signs of spring in the Boston area – most of the snow has melted, and the ospreys, cardinals and snowy egrets have returned to the marsh. I’ve heard rumors of blooming crocuses, but haven’t seen any sign of them yet. While we wait, enjoy this picture of a snowy egret coming in for a landing. As always, click the picture to make it larger.

Snow Melt on the Marsh

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With temperatures in the 50s on Wednesday, we were able to get out for a short walk, and enjoy the sight of a small amount of bare ground. This photo is of snow melting into the portion of the marsh which runs back and forth into Rock Island Cove.

Blizzard! (and not the creamy, delicious kind)

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Day 1: 3:30 p.m. – still snowing, wind blowing hard.

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Day 2: 3 p.m., this time, we walked to the areas next to Quincy Harbor, where the storm took on the feeling of a nor’easter. Wind blowing from the northeast, huge waves.

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Then onto Marina Bay, overlooking the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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Wollaston Beach, on Quincy Harbor.

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A sun shelter over two benches, coated in several inches of thick ice.