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Snowbound But Melting.


We have thirty inches of snow on the ground – more at higher elevations – and moving around is still slow and difficult, but the thaw has begun.  For weeks I’ve seen almost no animal tracks anywhere but right along the bed of the creek, where the snow is less deep.  But even after a […]

Bear Tracks in the Snow.


Someone is awake and hasn’t eaten in a month and a half…

Returning to the Mountains.


After Thanksgiving at my mother’s house I spent a few days in the city.  They were fine days – I saw a stream of friends, went to the New York Public Library, saw a former student (who has become a teacher himself), and spent probably ten hours playing with young nieces, nephews, or cousins.  (I […]

The Felis Absconditus.


More bobcat visits.  Three nights ago it was particularly outrageous.  Because the night before I saw tracks which went back and forth in front of my house which were laid down between 8 p.m. and midnight, the following night I made it a point to shine a flashlight into the night every fifteen minutes.  At […]

The Elusive Friend.


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 […]

Tracking the Wildcat.


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) […]

A Winter Day.


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 […]

Cold Spell.


34 degrees inside the cabin when I got up this morning. Don’t know how cold it was outside because it was colder than the thermometer’s range – it just said “LO”. Somewhere below zero. I had to defrost a block of mozzarella yesterday just to eat it – despite keeping it indoors. I thought about […]

Winter in the Cabin.


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 […]

Fixing the Wood Stove.


A few nights ago, I dropped a log into the wood stove from the top, and it split in half the iron grill which separates the wood compartment from the ash compartment.  I suppose it should be welded together, or replaced, but doing so means taking the entire stove apart, including the flue, and then […]