Friday, November 9, 2018

The Bog in November

The Philbrick-Cricenti Bog in New London, NH is famous among botanists for the wide variety of rare plants, from several varieties of orchids to carnivorous pitcher plants.  I get out there often, but have not been there in November until now.  Amazing colors.

Highbush blueberry

More blueberry

Bog Rosemary, Andromeda polifolia

Cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon

More bunchberry, with yummy goldthread

Larches lose all their needles every year

Pitcher plant

lots of pitcher plants in the sphagnum and cranberry plants

Pitcher plant


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunny afternoon in early winter

The leaves were more golden than brown, and the sky was not always gray, but I was thinking of The Mamas & the Papas while floating on the pond this afternoon.

Mergansers have come in to harvest the minnows, and a cute, fluffy, demon-squirrel is harvesting the neighbor's insulation.



Not a nice red squirrel

Saturday, November 3, 2018


When the ground is saturated and the lakes and ponds are full and it keeps on raining and raining and raining as it has done this year,  the little babbling brooks climb out of their banks and start to roar.  Here are two small brooks in Wilmot, NH

This is Kimpton Brook, that flows behind the library and down along Route 4A.

Kimpton Brook out of its banks.  From the back of the  Wilmot Public Library
Kimpton Brook

Kimpton Brook facing the other way
Cascade Brook as it exits Chase Pond.  Usually at this time of year it is possible to walk across

I'm not going to try to cross this!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

August, September, November

No October this year:  We went straight from warm and raining September to November, with only a few days of strong winds in between to strip the trees.  Fortunately beech trees hang on to many of  their leaves through the winter or there would not be any color left at all.

Golden beech leaves

It was much too windy to go out on the water today, so we walked "the loop", a 5 kilometer walk that gives us some nice views of the mountain and then brings us home through The Flat.

Past the dinosaurs in the driveway

Over the hill 

Crossing Cascade Brook on Shindagan Road

A nice view of the mountain.  Someone put snow on top last night.

Cross Hill Road towards Campground

Schoolhouse Pond.  

A scruffy White-Throat in the weeds

Palm Warbler looking at me.

And wagging his butt at me.

A Yellow-Rumped Warbler not showing his yellow rump.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Stiff Weeds

Terry Pratchett had one of his characters refer to trees as "stiff weeds".  Like any garden plants, the trees around a house need constant tending.

So what do you do if the forest hasn't been weeded in a long time?  Call in a gardener.  In this case a very competent and efficient arborist.

At 7:15 a.m., 5 men, 4 trucks, a chipper and a Bobcat with a claw arrived.  At 7:30 a.m. the crane showed up.  Within 30 minutes the first two trees had been cut, lifted over a house, and cut to length, with the branches chipped.  By the time the rain came in at 1:00 p.m. and made the work too dangerous, 14 trees, many of them pines close to 90 feet tall, were all stacked up nicely to be carried away.

It was a pleasure to watch experts.  One man rode a bucket to the top and tied a cable to the tree, then moved lower and cut.  The crane lifted the tree down where it was grabbed by the Bobcat and cut up.  Where there were electrical wires in the way, the crane lifted them over.

No room for the bucket, so the crane provided a lift to the top

And lifted the top right off

And put it down in the right spot

Where the bucket could be used, everything went faster.   

Tie off the treetop

Slide down

Cut the tree

And away it went

Each one of those ballast weights weighs 5,500 pounds

Lift the tree over the wires and set it down