Silent Windchime

On days like today, when the wind is just right, I could watch this for hours.

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Happy Thanksgiving


Thorn_Hill_View

View from The Inn At Thorn Hill
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Melting Cap

Melting Cap
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Ice Storm

Ice Storm 2008
Photo by Chris Samoiloff

We were spared the wrath of last weeks storm because we live on the coast. Many folks were no so lucky. Many of my co-workers are not living at home due to power outages. Chris captured the essence of the storm in a Flickr stream that I want to share with you.
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Gilded Glow

Golden Light
It's time for the trees to do their spectacular display. It's one of the wonderful things about being in New England. Because our house is situated atop a hill near a river and next to a brook, we get a very specific microclimate that causes the maple leaves to turn golden yellow. As the sun arcs low across the sky the trees that surround our house filter the autumn light and give everything a gilded glow. This magic continues as all the reflected light showers the inside of the house with the same hue. It is as if mother nature is exhaling her warmth into the house to protect us from the chill of the approaching winter.
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Stuck to the Trees

Stuck to the Trees
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Harbour Snow

The power went out today and there was no PB & J in the house.
We went to lunch on the waterfront so someone else could cook.

Harbour Snow
The wet and heavy snow broke many tree limbs.
The cedar in the front yard bent like a lily in bloom.

Cedar under the load of snow

The snow stuck to everything.

The Snow stuck to everything

The pungent smell of the traps was startling in the pristine whiteness.

Smells the same
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First Snowfall 2007

First Snow Fall 2007
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Hurricane Noel passed by.

Here is a picture of what happened with the weather as Noel passed by.

Click on this to go to my weather page

The Red line is the temperature the grey line is the barometric pressure. The pressure is now rising a bit. The wind direction is currently moving from NNE to N and it's average speed is dropping, I think this means the eye of the storm has now passed north of our latitude. There are small broken branches and leaves everywhere. This is one of those late fall storms that results in rapid defoliation of the trees. Not good for our friends from Texas who wanted to do some leaf peeping next week.
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May 2006 Rains

It ain't never this high
While at home Monday, captive to the weather, I decided to use my digital still camera to document this dramatic weather event locally. The camera also takes ten second digital movies. Monday was day eight of the nine day weather siege. This was my first venture into using Apple's iMovie HD. It was fun to use the fade effects and the editing features of the software. I still need to figure out how to do all the cool things it has to offer. The movie is on the May Rains Movie Page. The streaming feature and size limitation degraded the quality a bit, but you will still have a readable movie. It is just over a minute long so you should be able to tolerate it. The main character is the brook that runs next to our house and through our neighbor's property. Neighbors Julie and Neil own the pond and brook. How cool is that! Most of the time the brook is a bit over a trickle. Other times it is actually dry. The movie shows the other side of it's personality. If you do not have Apple's QuickTime Player loaded on your computer you'll have to install it. You can go here to get the program free from Apple. It seems like it plays better using the latest version.

There was so much rain that the railroad tracks at the end of the street were flooded. They needed to be re-bedded immediately. Tuesday when I drove by there must have been six or seven on track construction machines frantically replacing ties. The refuse pile of old ties shows considerable damage and decay.

The one hundredth anniversary of the Essex County Ornithological Club (ECOC) annual canoe trip scheduled for Saturday.
it is in jeopardy of not taking place. The Ipswich River is still well over flood stage. For the safety of all, it will most likely not happen. It's ironic that this weather event coincides with such a momentous time in the club's history. You can read more about it here. Thanks for documenting it Jim.


One of the early annual ECOC canoe trips.
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