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Below the surface

Sunday, November 2, 2014

This summer I swam in many different lakes and ponds throughout central New Hampshire. Each body of water was unique. Some were wild and pristine with little sign of human activity. Others were ringed with houses and punctuated with boats. But one thing these aquatic systems had in common was a temperature gradient. As long as I was swimming somewhat parallel to the surface, the water was comfortable, but when I stopped and let my feet dangle 4 or 5 feet below the surface, the temperature was much colder. The summer sun and warm air heat the top layer of lake water. Lower down where …

Sumac is a lovely addition to the fall landscape

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This year’s foliage season is shaping up to be a gorgeous one. Red maples in the swamps started the parade of color and the yellows of the birches and orange sugar maples are lining up to add their hues to the renowned splendor of New England fall foliage. But one of my favorite …

Take a closer look at fall webworms

Sunday, September 7, 2014

As we approach the “leaf peeper” season and eyes turn toward New England’s forest foliage, there’s something on the trees that is far less attractive than the anticipated autumn splash of color. Fall webworms, a native insect, form gauzy balloon-like structures on the tips of many tree branches. The webworm is not a …