It's wonderful to see evidence of bald eagles which are making a resurgence around the country.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
From NH Public Radio:
Reputed to be fierce predators, those who know red foxes best say they are, in fact, extremely cautious, very smart, and always opportunistic. Foxes will eat almost anything, from fruits to insects to garbage to their preferred prey, rodents. A fox's ear is especially well-adapted for hearing the tiny feet of mice, voles and shrews as they scurry about underground. Therefore, one benefit of having more foxes nearby is a definite drop in rodent levels.
Some people react unfavorably, of course, to the idea that this pointy-faced predator may be moving under their porch. They worry about their pets, or even their children. But most biologists believe a healthy fox will avoid any confrontation that they cannot win easily. And after all, a red fox rarely weighs more than 15 pounds. And while foxes do sometimes carry rabies, at the moment this terrible disease seems to have abated.
So, if you see a fox around during the day, it isn't necessarily a bad thing. Vixens, or female foxes, will often be about when they have young, for example.
For more information, see the article on the NH Fish and Wildlife website by Eric P. Orff, Certified Wildlife Biologist or an article by NH Public Television.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Finally, winter is here and we can start playing in the snow! The weather has gotten bitterly cold. The only thing still missing is real snow over the state. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Thank goodness for dedicated photographers who wake up at sunrise to make captures like this.
The NH Group occasionally organizes meet ups where we get together at a pre-determined location to take photos. In the past year, we have had meet-ups at Beaver Brook in Hollis, at the Souhegan River in Greenville, at Horse Hill Nature Preserve in Merrimack, and recently at Tucker's Brook in Milford.
With enough advance notice, a meet up could take place anywhere in the state and there was talk last fall about having a Connecticut River area meet up at some time.
The meet ups fall into two distinct categories. The first group is the sunrise group and the second is the afternoon-sunset group. Which group do you belong in?
Keep an eye on the NH Group discussion threads for upcoming meet ups which you are welcome to join.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Winter is finally here in NH. We stopped at this rest area and I thought this picnic table looked like it was already waiting for summer.
And I am missing it. Oh well, I did get to be a part of Europe's worse storm in decades, if that means anything.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
We have had a LOT of ice, freezing rain, etc. over the past few days. Many are still without power, traveling has been treachorous at times, and it is stinking cold (-11 C right now). Thing is, when the sun came out this morning and caught all the tree tops, and grass, and such, it provided a new perspective on things. It's like God took up glass blowing as a hobby and decided to decorate our little corner of the world with a 1/2 inch of crystal. So the cold is a little more bearable, and every day sites are transformed into temporary natural wonders.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
After the freezing rain tapered off last night, wind began to howl over New Hampshire. In the morning light, some roads looked like the scene of a huge, icy-snowball fight with ice-laden trees leaning into and over the roadways.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Ice is not always nice. The world is all ice today in Southern NH. Branches are falling all over the place, weighted down by the frozen stuff. I am quite surprised we haven't lost electric, cable or phone service yet.
Can winter finally be heading our way?
Lots of rain this weekend, and lots of ice. It is cold enough for ice, but not enough for snow...Maybe....
(Of course, I'm off for a week in London so the snow will come and I will miss it. Keep posting photos so I can at least see it.)
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice—is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other."
--John Stuart Mill
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice."
--Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr
All politcs aside, I have one personal statement to make in the light of the ongoing debacle in the Middle East.
With all my heart, I hope for the safe return home of our men and women from war. Each and everyone there is someone back home's loved one; a son, a daughter, a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a friend, a husband, a wife, a lover.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Seems as though our month long "Spring Break" in weather is about to end. We will see how it goes. Today there was definitely a briskness in the air and the cold is due to come in tonight. However, I did see a forcast of warm over the weekend. I also heard rumours that there was snow up north this morning...WAY up north!
Skiing enthusiasts may be frustrated by the lack of snow, but the warm weather provides unique opportunities for we photographers.
How many times have you seen fog rising at sunrise or sunset? And to think this has been happening in December and January.
But never fear, old man winter is on his way. A Nor'Easter and a deep Canadian cold front is sure to change our tune once again.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Our latest project highlighting the wonderful architectural elements of cupolas, steeples and weather/wind vanes that decorate New Hampshire with such New England charm.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
So, it actually acted like December for one day here in NH. Now we are back to this odd pattern of warmth that leaves you feeling a bit unsettled.
What strange weather we continue to have.
WCAX TV in Vermont,
"Just two days ago, the temperature hit 69 degrees in Concord, marking the city's hottest January day in 130 years."
From the Associate Press,
"Saturday was the warmest Jan. 6 in New Hampshire in 61 years.
High temperature records were shattered atop Mount Washington and also in Concord, where people in t-shirts and shorts ate ice cream on Main Street.
In Concord, the high hit 69 degrees, shattering the previous record of 57, set in 1946.
At the Weather Observatory atop Mount Washington, observer Jim Salge said the high was 43 degrees, breaking a record of 37 degrees, also set in 1946. Salge said normally, it would be 10 degrees on the summit on Saturday."
From the Eagle Tribune,
Not so nice, say winter anglers pining for their musty shanties and the familiar drum of five-gallon buckets flipped over for seats around the region's ponds and lakes.
In this odd season of record-breaking temperatures that have bears delaying their winter naps, a Derry fishing derby director is holding his breath. Not that he'd be able to see it if he let it out.
Unless the temperature drops soon, Ed Riemitis may have to cancel the Beaver Lake Improvement Association fishing derby Feb. 10, part of Derry's annual Frost Festival."
Even the animals don't know what to make of it as written about in the Seacoast Times by Susan Morse.
Warmth befuddles wildlife
And lastly from YubbaNet.com,
Winter Season Off To Record Warm Start
Author: University of New Hampshire
Published on Jan 5, 2007, 07:17
If this winter seems warmer to you than normal, you are not mistaken. December 2006 was the warmest December on record in Concord, N.H., and concludes a year that was one of the warmest ever in the Granite State, according David Brown, New Hampshire State Climatologist and assistant professor of geography at the University of Hampshire.
"In the last three decades, we've seen a steady upward trend in temperature, particularly in the winter season," Brown said. "Globally, we've seen an upward temperature trend during the same period. It's likely that what we're seeing in New England is, at least in part, the regional signature of global climate change."
The average December temperature of 33.9° F was the warmest ever recorded in Concord by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has been keeping official records since 1921.
WARMEST DECEMBERS IN CONCORD HISTORY
December 2006 33.9° F
December 1923 33.2° F
December 1957 32.9° F
December 1982 32.3° F
December 1953 32.3° F
Average Concord December temperature, 1921-2005: 25.8° F
December 2006 concludes a year that was also one of the warmest ever in New Hampshire. Concord recorded an average daily temperature of 48.4° F, making it the second-warmest year since 1921. Only 1998, with an average daily temperature of 48.7° F, was warmer.
"The warmth of 2006 is consistent with an overall upward temperature trend in Concord since approximately 1970, a trend that is mirrored throughout much of New England," Brown said.
Brown is recognized as the New Hampshire State Climatologist by the American Association of State Climatologists and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Perhaps such waters fall ere' our amusement.
In winter's cold breath,
there is but a glasslike clattering.
And akin to tinsel scattering.
Like nature's own dishware shattering.
---Mike (Winged Foot) 02 January 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
Aaron Rohde/Staff photographer
Sean Meighan and Emily Griffin toast each other while Heather Asquith and Brian Beaulieu enjoy a New Years kiss as they welcome in the New Year at the Gas Light in Portsmouth.
We, the NH Photo Tour Photographers, wish you all a Very Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year!
May the New Year be filled with wonderful images and memories to share.