We returned to the cabin and found spring just beginning in the mountains. Down in the Rondout Valley the hepatica (H. acutiloba) bloomed March 30; the bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) the following day; April 2nd saw spring-beauty (Claytonia carolina) bloom on Wildcat Mountain. And then on April 3rd the snow came, in the middle of the […]
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Someone is awake and hasn’t eaten in a month and a half…
For most of this winter my cabin has been surrounded, continually, by the tracks of a four-footed carnivore – whom I have yet to see in the flesh. He criss-crosses the property, sometimes crossing my lawn multiple times per night. I have seen his tracks go under my extension and through the middle of my […]
Sometimes I hate the fact that I don’t wake up about an hour before dawn, when all the animals are doing interesting things. I woke up yesterday morning and went to the spring for water, when I saw an unusual set of very clear prints in the snow. All the local carnivores (except the bears) […]
The day started sunny and cold and bright, good woodcutting weather, and I ended up bringing in something like nine bags of wood today. This is a good day’s work. I split some black cherry, which is so beautiful that I often feel a little bad about burning it. It supposedly takes the knife and […]
For the past week it has been consistently cold and wintry here in the cabin. There is snow on the ground, and I have to walk in from the road; my dirt driveway is now closed off. Snowshoes are not required yet, but snow that has fallen is starting to pile up. I spend some […]
We’re supposed to have snow tonight. Probably nothing like the 16″ we got on October 28th three years ago, but we’ll see.
Summit of Red Hill, late December 2010.