Full moon, Jan. 31, 2018

They say it was a blue moon + blood moon + super moon. Whatever it was, sure was bright.

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IMG_5680Mary Isabelle and Eastern Witch Hazel

Morning Frost

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Owl pellet, looked like rabbit IMG_5684

 

 

 

 

 

Beech grove IMG_5691

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Glade IMG_5693

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Harbinger of Spring, aka Erigenia bulbosa, salt-and-pepper IMG_5696

Dutchman’s breeches aka Dicentra cucullaria IMG_5698

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Witch hazel

The witch hazel we planted in the back yard is just beginning to bloom:

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And we hear the pair of Great Horned Owls duetting in our back yard almost every night, their romantic interlude before they begin raising more young soon. And the robins make their robin sounds starting about 4:30 now, and the male goldfinches are beginning to get their color, turning from a dark olive-green to a lighter shade with yellow in it. Tomorrow a walk in the woods I think, to see what is coming up underneath the leaves.

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The Pope

Today, from the Guardian:

“Pope Francis has denounced fake news as evil, comparing it to the snake in the Garden of Eden, and urged journalists to make it their mission to search for the truth….

He said the first fake news dated from the biblical beginning of time, when Eve was tempted to take an apple from the Garden of Eden based on disinformation from the serpent.

“The strategy of this skilled ‘Father of Lies’ is precisely mimicry, that sly and dangerous form of seduction that worms its way into the heart with false and alluring arguments,” he said of the snake.”

The snake in the Garden of Eden, what an apt metaphor for all the disinformation these days (though I hope he does not have the same definition of fake news as does our president who deems as fake anything he does not like).

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The Flyover Zone

965D8B1B-742E-464E-89B7-60B65FE38977In NYC for a meeting with a COGA research group. This “boutique” hotel room is a little bigger than a postage stamp. Just walked a few blocks to get some excellent ramen noodle soup at a place recommended by a colleague and now ready to settle into prep for tomorrow’s meeting. Superficially, I don’t like NY any better than I did a few years back when here for a meeting and then a conference. Too big and dirty and noisy and the buildings block the sun and people are rude and everything moves too fast- I prefer to take my time. Let’s just say I prefer the “flyover zone,” from whence I came. But one plus today is the scent of spruce and fir wafting along the sidewalks where people have put their Christmas trees for trash pickup.

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This morning: 3 degrees. Two great horned owls were softly duetting just outside the window where I was sitting at 4. Forecast is for an ice storm tomorrow.

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Below zero

New Year’s day. We woke to 6 below zero and frost on the windows.

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Yesterday took a drive to see the eagles on the ice in the river, but they have moved to the south where there is more open water with less ice. Fast, this cold, it was only a few days ago Dennis saw dozens of eagles.

But we did see hundreds of snow geese sheltering by a bank away from the wind up at Riverlands. Here they look like white specs against the bank.

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