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I think Zari appreciates me as a naturalist, but isn't too happy with me as a photographer. This is right as she noticed the ferns among the cattails.

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None of us present knew the identity of this wildflower. A little digging turned up "swamp cinquefoil," Comarum palustre, found in wetlands throughout the northern part of the northern hemisphere.

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I appreciate the reassuring messages on the boardwalk.

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I hadn't thought about it before, but I guess they must trim back the cattails that come up through the boardwalk.
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Last weekend, while everywhere between DC and NY was getting whomped with 2 feet of snow, we got a steady but light event. I went out at twilight because the light looked weird and I liked it.

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This snowy swamp is a retaining pond for road runoff.

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Looking up into our neighborhood from the main road.

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Charlie would rather not say hi to the King's Bowling mascot, thanks
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One of the claims to fame of my humble little town is one of the oldest (if not THE oldest) colonial era houses in the country. The Fairbanks House contains a section built in 1636 and additions from later years.

more Fairbanks House )
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Another nice day in the yard. Maggie in full dead cow position.

more stuff in and around the yard )
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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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Shoveling once more, this time in a little storm they didn't call a blizzard, but with snow that fell faster and heavier than last week's actual blizzard.

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If you like weather, get a dog. We had a Norway maple cut recently and you can see our house a lot better from this angle than you used to. I can't wait to see how the cedar fills out.
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So as I was on my 2 mile walk, I passed this dam on Mother Brook. Mother Brook, as I may have blogged before, was the first man-made canal in New England. It was cut between the Charles and Neponset Rivers, for the purpose of making waterfalls like this one to turn waterwheels.

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The wheels and mills are gone, but the dams remain.

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The partially ruined beauty of the human hand on the New England landscape.
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A 3:00 look at Contentment Cottage, before I go for my daily 2 mile walk (a new years resolution I think).
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The view of the back yard from the kitchen window.

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The front of the house at night.

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Walking the block in the morning slush.

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Looking down the length of our street.
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My friend [livejournal.com profile] dedhamoutside and I co-led an Urban Nature Walk in the Dedham Town Forest (previously seen here). This sign is relatively new. On the one hand, it's nice for the town to recognize the Town Forest; on the other, now it's more visible for use and abuse. We set out with the intention to find mushrooms and other living things!

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My neighbor is a dogwalker, and was passing by with a golden named Murray so I brought Turkey Bryce out to meet him. They immediately engaged in a spirited game of biteyface.
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Grass bursting through an asphalt sidewalk, Dedham Massachusetts.
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On Sunday I did something that would have horrified my past self: I bicycled for the exercise. Here's my 3:00 snapshot break, at the Tahiti.
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Our new neighbors have a Boston terrier / French bulldog puppy that we've been enjoying from afar. A couple days ago we flagged them down as they passed and invited them into the yard. Her name is Mayhem.
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At the end of the last Urban Nature Walk my friend [livejournal.com profile] dedhamoutdoors suggested we walk near Little Wigwam Pond (this is pronounced "little wiggum pond" in order to differentiate locals from carpetbaggers). A couple days later she said she found sundew plants there, and I said "sounds good! you're leading!" or words to that effect.

This first picture shows the group exploring life along the train tracks.

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