Warming Trend: Our daytime temps. will be above freezing for the next 9 out of 10 days! Yahoooo!
Wood Duck Box Update: We checked two out of three wood duck boxes at the north end of the pond, and the northwestern most box had egg shell debris from last year. I just read that hooded mergansers have been seen sharing wood duck boxes with wood ducks and that the eggs of both females were intermingled, and that both females took turns incubating the eggs. So the egg shells we see did not necessarily all belong to wood ducks. Wood ducks are also one of seven species of ducks that nest in trees.
A new way to start a fire in the wood stove: Drew has found that birch bark works wonderfully as a fire starter. He’s been peeling loose, papery bark that has separated from some trees (so as not to hurt the trees.) The oil in birch bark is highly flammable, and the bark burns long enough for the kindling to ignite, and for the fire to get established. The nice thing about birch bark is that you can even light it when it is damp. This is great, because we were wondering what we would do when newspapers stopped being produced.
Weather Update: I’d just about given up looking at the weather forecast because it seemed to be more of the same; 20’s during the day and single digits to negative numbers overnight. I’m starting to see a light at the end of the weather tunnel, however. We have a five day reprieve starting Friday through next Tuesday, with daytime highs in the mid to high 30s, and two of those days reaching into the 40s. But, then we dip back into the 20s / single numbers, briefly. My goodness, doesn’t Mother Nature know it is March?
I can’t seem to warm up: I have been feeling cold for two days now. I think my body is telling me that I am tired of the incessant frigid weather. We did go out for a walk across the pond and up the snow mobile trail for a short distance today. The pond is like a wind tunnel with cold air coursing across it most of the day, so it was quite chilly. At least the woods gave us some shelter. I think the actual temperature was around 24F, with a “feel-like” temperature of around 14F. Now, I am in the house wearing my coat, neck warmer, and winter hat because I just cannot seem to warm up, and it is a toasty 65F. Ridiculous, you say? So do I, but I am darned cold;-)
4 more days of super cold temps: The temperatures will finally approach normal by Thursday, of this coming week, when the daytime highs will rise into the low to mid 30s. The average high temp. for mid-March is between 38 and 40F. This means that we will only be around 4 degrees below normal. I can handle that;-)
I’m starting to dream of spring flowers: Right around this time of year, I begin to dream of my spring bulbs emerging from the soil. Our yard becomes a riot of colors…
Aurora Borealis tonight: There is a chance of some Northern Lights tonight, but it is so bitterly cold outside that I am going to have to give it a miss. I just cannot operate the camera in these temps. The last time I did aurora photography in 0F to -6F “feel-like” temperatures, I ended up running home to warm up my fingers as they were completely stiff and I was afraid of having frostbite.
Nature Photography workshops: It looks like I’ll be presenting a nature photography workshop on March 21st, and I am hoping that the daytime highs will be in the 30’s by then;-) If the weather cooperates, we’ll spend a few hours hiking around Thorncrag photographing whatever natural beauty catches our eyes! Fun;-)
And, on March 22nd, I’ll be doing a short presentation about photography as a teaching and learning tool at a conference in Bath. More fun as we’ll be cruising around a 300 acre research forest with cameras and FIG plot tools in hand.
Weather update: It has been colder than heck outdoors. Tonight the “feel-like” temperature will drop to -10 F, with the actual temp. dropping to -5 F by morning. Daytime highs will hover around the low 20’s. This pattern will remain in place for the next 10 days. This is definitely colder than usual for the end of February.
Too busy to get out onto the pond: I have been way too busy to get outdoors for the past 4 days, but with the temps. as cold as they have been, I really don’t feel as though I have been missing anything. I’ll try to walk on the pond over the weekend.
We need a break from snowfall: Geez… I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we need a break from shoveling snow. I guess we’re getting older now, and the novelty of shoveling out after successive storms is wearing off. Our backs hurt;-)
The last day of school (after 6 snow days): At this moment in time, school will be letting out on June 17th for students and June 18th for teachers.
Weather Update: We just got 1” of snow, followed by rain…It is going to rain all day long. Triple Ugga Bugga…But, at least I won’t be tempted to go outdoors because this is going to be a paper grading fest for me today, due to school starting back up on Monday. Oh, I could get used to hanging out at home more often…I dream of retirement in 11 years!