Saturday, November 18, 2017

Flying Squirrel sighting

This afternoon, Drew was on the roof cleaning out the gutters. While he was on the back side of the roof, he was afforded a direct view into the hairy woodpecker hole, in the ash tree next to the back porch. To his surprise, he found himself in a staring contest with a pair of large eyes that belonged to a small squirrel (between the size of a red squirrel and a chipmunk.) The squirrel vacated the hole and scampered to the opposite side of the tree trunk where Drew lost sight of it. The only squirrel that we know of with large eyes is the northern flying squirrel! I know that they must be around as I saw one about 16 years ago, but I can never catch sight of them as they are nocturnal. Yahoooo! Now, I really want a trail camera to capture their activity;-) Gotta start saving my pennies!

Monday, November 13, 2017

First Snow of the Season

Yahooo! We've got snow! 
We got 1 inch of snow out of this storm. Unfortunately, we are not ready for snow on the roads which are icing up. Cars are sliding off the road. Ugh... Not looking forward to tomorrow morning's commute to work.
Here is the radar map for this evening.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thin film of ice on parts of Caesar Pond

We finally had a calm morning with just a hint of a breeze later on in the day. This allowed for a bit of thin ice to form on the southern edge of the pond.
All the wind overnight whipped the pond to whitecaps and coated the grasses with dripping water. This froze into pretty icicles.
There are thin sections of ice near some of the islands as well.
And, the grasses have a bit of ice that has formed on the blades.
Most of the leaves have fallen from the deciduous trees, with the exception of beech trees and oaks. Here you see the brown leaves of mainly oaks on the western side of the pond.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Tis going to be a bit chilly today!

Shiver me timbers! Tis going to be cold and windy today! 15-25 mph wind with gusts to 40 mph. We are getting water jugs ready just in case the power goes out again;-)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Project Learning Tree workshop held at Bates College

I am super psyched! I spent last Saturday, with my Maine Project Learning Tree associates, at a workshop to introduce the new PLT E-Units now available for purchase. These online versions comprise parts of the popular PLT books that focus on forests for STEM and experiential learning. They are fabulous!
I got to pull out all the stops and reprise my summer workshop activity using tree cookies as learning tools. An added bonus was a Bates student (future experiential science teacher extraordinaire) who assisted us with dendrology. He was incredibly knowledgeable about what a tree cookie could tell us about the health and history of a tree's growth.
I also had participants create their own model of the inside of a tree using some simple materials. Fun, fun, fun...

Winter Sunrise and Sunset is early no matter which way you look at it!

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No matter which way you look at it, Daylight Saving Time or not, we would be going to or from work in the dark. My solution is to shorten the work day;-)
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Finally, on Dec. 17th the days begin to lengthen.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Chard (from our front deck grow box)

Chard... what a wonderful green veggie to grow in Maine. 
I have it in our grow box all summer and autumn. It has such beautiful stems with colorful patterns.
Some of the stems remind me of ribbon candy from my childhood.
The backside of the "ribbon candy" stem looks like peppermint candy canes!
Other stems look like miniature trees with strong trunks and spreading branches.
I love this chard peppermint stick tree. It looks like I could just peel the bark off and eat it!
This chard looks so delectable with its swirls and curls off the branches. It would make a wonderful climbing tree for someone who was miniaturized!
And, oh the flavor... just like spinach. This bowl of chard made enough for my roasted beets and greens with leftovers being put into a bucket of veggie soup as well!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Oh, let it rain

The system is moving northward which is why it will be over us for awhile longer.
Drew emptied the rain gauge at 6:30 pm and we had 1.73" of rain thus far.  We may get up to another 1.5" before the storm is over. We've been in drought for so long that this moisture surely is appreciated.

NOTE: We ended up totaling about 4" of rain over a two day period. Wow! I need to go down to the pond to see how much height it has gained from the rain.