Monday, November 28, 2011

What's happening with our weather ??

I learned today that so far this month the Boston area has had its second warmest November in history.  Unless we hit 70F each of the final two days of the month, second place is how we will end up.

I guess this doesn't surprise me ... after taking these two pictures in our yard over the weekend. 

I spotted the dandelion while out having lunch in the front yard with Jaimie and Laurie.  The bud on the bush in the second picture is on one of our rhododendrons. Its actually full of buds.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Buck seen in wetlands next to the house

I just happened to be looking out the window from the second floor of the house when I saw a buck deer coming into view on the other side of the garage.  I am sure he heard me coming down the stairs, as the stairs are squeaky and the front door was open.  When I got to the first floor, he'd stopped in his tracks and was looking toward the house. 

But my camera with a big lens was right there on the table and the garage door was already open, so I walked directly into the garage from the house and then through the open garage door. I leaned against the open doorway, slowly pivoting around the corner of the garage to line him up.  Unfortunately his head was completely blocked by a tree so I waited. 

As he began to walk again I took the first three photos below.  I used manual focus because this lens is very noisy when in the auto focus mode.  On the other hand, I am sure he got nervous from hearing the clicking of the camera (or maybe something else spooked him) and he turned around and began walking more quickly back from where he came.  That's why the final picture shows him moving in the opposite direction.  I will have to ask my brother about this, as he is a deer hunter, but I'm thinking the tongue thing in the final image was a sign of some stress and nervousness as he was pretty much out in the open and it was the middle of the day (12:30).

We see lots of does and young deer, but its been a while since I've seen a nice set of antlers.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cruise ships dwarf Bar Harbor

During our October trip to Maine, we were on top of Cadillac Mt. on Mt. Desert Island on two separate days.  On the first day only the dark-hulled cruise ship on the right was anchored, and we didn't think it looked too too out-of-place.  But when we arrived at the top of Cadillac on the second day and saw the white ship, we both felt the scale of our view was way out of whack.  The white cruise ship appears taller than any of the three Porcupine Islands and nearly as long as two of them.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Two more images from atop Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain is in the highest point on Mt. Desert Island, Maine.  Many will argue that if you get to the top for the sunrise, you will be the first (along with perhaps a hundred other folks, in summer) in the United States to see the sunrise.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Yippee, Verizon Fios is back.

Sometime in the middle of the night our Fios connection came back.  Yippee.  This means we've regained telephone, Internet, and TV service!  So today is a pretty normal November day... except for the snow and tree limbs in the yard.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Electricity is back, but not telephones or Internet

Below are a few pictures I took during our two days without power, after the record breaking October snowstorm. What I heard was that the Boston area had never before, with data being collected as far back as the Civil War,  received more than 2" in October.

Of course the high wind and multitude of trees with their autumn leaves still attached made for a "perfect storm" situation.

We feel very lucky to have power back after only two days without.  We can still hear generators in some sections of town, and the schools are still closed.  Some believe this may mean the loss of the February or April school vacation week.

We still do not have Fios back (telephone, Internet, TV), but a technician will be coming out sometime on Sunday.  It is amazing how much we have all learned to depend on the Internet.  (I'm posting these images while eating lunch, using the Internet at work.)

Major downed lines.  That's our next door neighbor's house.

It was great to have heat, thanks to our gas fireplace


Getting ready for the Patriot's football game

Miner's lamps are great around the kitchen

Soaking a pot
A couple of evening games