hillside with barn-3021

There is green emerging – new grass – up at the top of this westerly slope, just in front of the fallen down barn. And so it begins, Spring has arrived!

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late winter stream-

Taken over 25 years ago, before digital. There is sometimes a beautiful, almost tropical color (opaline green ?) to both flowing and small pond water in mid to late winter – no idea how it happens – I chalk it up to snow melt, vegetation and the play of light from increased solar gain as we move toward summer. In any case, it’s a welcome sign of warmer days.

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saplines barrel-2990

The steady flow of sap in March, triggered by the day/night rhythm of temperatures moving above and below freezing, is a sure sign of Spring in the north country. The apparatus used for sap collection include the taps (inserted into the trees), the tubing (through which the sap flows – by gravity), and the collection barrel (partially visible behind the trees). The collected sap is then carted off to an evaporator, where it boils down to – voila! – maple syrup.

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saplines5-2812

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saplines2-2831

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Sap Line, Westbrook, CT

March 8, 2015

in March

saplines3-2773

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Sap Lines, Westbrook, CT

March 8, 2015

in March

saplines4-2881

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and more shoveling-2640

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one more snowstorm-2630

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Pink House, Westmoreland, NH

February 28, 2015

in February

pink house-8943

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