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This is me at the Charleston rest area on the Mass Pike. I'm kind of hungry, but a busload of UNH track athletes arrived just before me, and are creating huge line-ups at all the restaurants.

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I spent the morning with my Dad. Here he is talking on the phone with my brother as we stop for a drink at Jonathan Pesco's.

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We stopped along the Connecticut River to look for bald eagles--didn't find any, but saw lots of giant ice floes.
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Alex's new house! She's been there a few months, but I think this is one the first pictures I've taken that shows a lot of it. Alex and Alexis are suspending Jim with a stick. Alexis and I came over to help chip out some ice and ameliorate the dogs' cabin fever.
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I cut a trench through the two inch deep ice so that the massive amount of melting snow could drain to the...giant puddle.
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Get all your ducks in a row they said. Well, all the peacocks are in a row, that should count for something.

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All the ducks are in a small amount of unfrozen water--impossible to get in a row.
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I spend an awful lot of time next to this window. An icy portcullis has been descending my view.
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A glance out the side door at the pre-storm world.

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When I first woke up, taking the temperature of the day.

So that bookmark was maned wolf tracks. I am still willing to trade to zookeepers for other tracks.
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The new peacocks have been reliably staying near Bird's World lately. It could be the food, or it could be the heater. Watch out for the deathcicle, guys!
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A tundra swan fusses and feeds while a common goldeneye preens himself.
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Little ice floes tumbling and circling on the surface of the flamingo pool, tossed by the water circulating pump.
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5 people for a December Urban Nature walk is pretty good! This was our group picture, taken from the top of Great Blue Hill, the highest point near Boston (also the highest point within 10 miles of the coast, in Southern New England).

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My dad and I went walking near Brook Farm in West Roxbury yesterday. It was the last day of autumn.

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Yesterday's April showers resulted in icy shrub bear claws.
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In the Children's Zoo Wetlands exhibit, in the small amount of water unfrozen, a female goldeneye.

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Male hooded merganser, female bufflehead, female goldeneye.
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Our golf cart has been repaired, and it's back on the road--covered with ice, but it works.

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Ice grows down, tree grows up.
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I love my spooky house.

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Won't you visit some time?
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Somehow in the midst of all the dog-related chaos, with Alexis out of town, I was able to complete a scheduled Urban Nature Walk! My idea for this year is to start at the mouth of the Charles, then follow it upriver on the North side. It's not much, but it's a theme. Here I am, as the weather app indicates, in the fair city of Cambridge. The mercury hit the Fahrenheit scale at 14, a bit colder than yesterday, but the motivation of an Urban Nature Walk is enough to get me out there to see North Point Park.
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Ice in the bamboo
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At least SOMEbody in this house appreciates winter weather. Maggie. So, take that with a truckload of potassium chloride.

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Gouda's not too much a fan of it, but he'll tolerate it if someone is playing with him.

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Me? I appreciate the novelty of icicles in my facial hair, but it wears off pretty quick.
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I let my beard get pretty big. It's hard to want to cut it when it's cold.

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Wet muddy soil sometimes freezes into these ice spikes.

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As much as I dislike the cold, I love looking at ice.
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We were given the okay to bring our bikes to work to get between different areas of the zoo. I'm all over it, although it could have been timed with better weather.

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The "wintry mix" (rain, sleet, snow: Alexis suggested an alternate phrase "bag of shit") resulted in this giraffe skin pattern of bubbles under the slushy icy all over the tarmac.

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Christopher the lion stayed on his heated rock, which got steamy.


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