July 30, 2003

Exactly as they are

Friends had urged we see "Winged Migration" - playing locally at the Bijou in Fairhaven - and last night we did. There's very little symbolic information - words written or spoken - in this movie. It is really an epic...
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July 19, 2003

A bonus day at Blue Hill Observatory

We have been driving by the Blue Hills and the weather observatory for years, on our way into Boston on the Southeast Expressway, not knowing they were there – though the hill is obvious from the highway and sprinkled with radio towers. I had also seen the Blue Hills described in several hiking books, but then, I felt that anything run by the Metropolitan District Commission was too intimate with city life for me. I always choose different hikes. So it was the weather station, not the 7,000 acre park and Trailside Museum that drove us to Blue Hills on this day. As it turned out, most of what we saw of the park was from the wonderful, eagle-eye view of the weather station. It gives you a 360-degree clear horizon, being the highest point for many miles around.
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July 18, 2003

Deer me!

I had a wonderful encounter with a doe this morning – white-tailed deer. Bren and I see deer in Westport maybe a couple times a year on average, but they’re usually fleeting glimpses. This was more encounter than sighting.
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July 11, 2003

The incredible hawk - and more

We watched a film clip today of a goshawk hunting from a branch and reacting as a pheasant took off below him. The hawk gave chase. The pheasant seemed to be making his getaway. But then the goshawk closed the...
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July 09, 2003

I was impressed!

This guy knew what he was doing, enjoyed his work, and was a pleasure to deal with, so taking down a large tree whose dead limbs hung over our sunroom like the sword of Damascus was a pleasure.
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July 05, 2003

Sunburnt Australia, singing in the rain

Yippeee! The weatherman gave Australia the best news in a hundred years -- el Nino has faded, and yes, the rains are returning. In such a poignant moment, only poetry can express what we feel:
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July 04, 2003

Mars turns a blind eye . . .

. . . or something like that. Amateur astronomers have been eagerly anticipating this summer when Mars will be closer to Earth than at any other time in our lifetime. Yet just at this critical juncture a dust storm has...
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