Titanium Time Travels

Ready to escape to nature try-n-escape.com Outdoor activities are a favorite outlet for many of us to decompress from the day to day routine. A popular outdoor activity is to hit the trial on a great hike and overnight camping adventure. Of course if we are camping, we are usually cooking. There’s nothing like some fresh air with a healthy dose of nature to build up a good appetite! In this article I will highlight a brief history of titanium an important element now found in some light-weight camping c…

Titanium on the Trail

What do high performance jets have in common with lightweight, durable cookware Titanium. Thats right Ti or atomic number for those of you who remember your elements. This amazing elegant silvery metal is taking a whole range of industries by storm! From aerospace manufacturing sky writing golf clubs pacemakers and eye-wear to cookware titanium is the one to beat because of the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any known metal to date avisionlimoservice Cookware specially camping cookware.

Morel Along the Trail

A great aspect of a good hike is that you never know what is around the next corner. Early to mid Spring, brings a bunch of budding trees and new growth all over the forest floor. As the suns rays warm the soil all around, wildflowers and wonderful mushrooms begin to pop their heads up. Among’st all of this springtime glory, are the mushroom hunters in search of many a chefs favorite mushroom, the morel. What a fantastic way to add some fun, even competition and culinary delight to our hike dorianmediagroup.com

Bluebirds Bring Hope

Prior to meeting and marrying Kathleen the decade before had been a most challenging period for her. It was one of those tough stretches many of us face over the course of our lives. Kathleen had been suddenly downsized went through an unwanted divorce had cancer surgery her mother had a heart attack and was raising two young teenagers and sheep in a big old house out in the country. The emotional roller coaster of life was pulling her down. One day driving home after a job interview deptofmarketing

Starting to Pop

When the soil temperature hits degrees some of our favorite Spring mushrooms will start to pop. Throughout the United States except for a handful of southern states that are just too warm and dry Choicesrighttolive.org the Morel mushroom is about ready to harvest. As the soil temperature rises above 50 degrees the Morel quickly sprouts and reaches for daylight. You must be quick because within hours various bugs and other wildlife start to consume the dandy delight. As always with wild mushroom harvest…

Snow Robins

Look there is a robin in the backyard tugging on a long and juicy looking earthworm. Spring must be right around the corner. Roaming around in the backyard is an American robin easily spotted by its brown back and reddish-orange breast.The bill presently being used to hold onto that worm is mainly yellow with a variably dark tip. Some may argue that the dark tip is a result of digging for those juicy earthworms. The next day, fourteen inches of snow and temperatures in the single digi drainagenwaterproofing.com

Look Out, Mergansers Passing Through

Daytime temperatures are starting to rise. Spring is returning to New England. Slowly but surely, the open water works its way back into the cove.lunabarandgrill.com As the ice line recedes more and more water fowl start to visit again. This is certainly a great time on the lake as hibernating species come back to life and many birds take flight starting their long migration north. One morning as the fog clears there are several pairs of common mergansers actively playing in the cove. Sure enough two da…

Where Do Turtles Go

Where do turtles go once the cold weather returns and ice forms over the surface of the water Do you know There is something about turtles most of us adore Kids love them and often have them for pets. There are at least species of freshwater and terrestrial turtles. Most of these turtles spend a large amount of their time in water. Often we can spot them surfacing at regular intervals to refill their lungs. All turtles and tortoises breathe air so they can stay under water.

Feathered Friends Are Welcomed

A brown speckled wren wiggles its way in and out of the screened suet feeder. Every now and then he flies over to the deck railing, shakes his head to remove the fat from his rather long beak and then makes his way back to the suet. Overlooking this wren, are twenty-eight mourning doves perched in a nearby leafless maple tree. There are many daily visitors feeding at the other couple of feeders. These visitors include, gold and purple finches in their winter colors pine siskins colorful jasminesandler.com

Limpy the Mallard

Last spring a female mallard decided to turn our deck flower pot tucked under an overhang, into her nursery. Nesting is a stressful and tiresome period for the female mallard as she lays more than half her body weight in eggs. We counted 11 eggs in her clutch that were incubated for 28 days and then began hatching at 50-55 days. All but two successfully became little fuzzy yellow hatch-lings Our mother mallard was remarkably patient during the nesting period, leaving only at dusk to…

Musky Rodent Happenings

Early one December morning while sipping my first coffee, I spotted a small dark shape struggling on our newly nearly frozen lake. After further observations tenderoaklabradors I discovered it was a muskrat attempting to make his way from the little island in front of my cove to the nearby shore. Every few steps the poor little fellow would sink through the ice and cling to the edge, struggling to make his way back up and out. Once back on his feet off he would quickly scamper with long tail pointing to the h…

Eagle Islands

It was a clear warm summer afternoon on Lake Chaubunagungamaug in Webster, Massachusetts. We were anchored in a quiet cove, playing a lively game of cribbage when I spotted a pair of eagles soaring high above us. It was as if they were playing a game of tag. Then suddenly one of the eagles headed straight down into the water and came back up with a big fish in its beak. grimballdds.com He flew to a tall bushy pine tree nearby to enjoy his fresh catch. These are the special lake moments that many of u…

Chucking Wood

Woodchucks belong to the marmot large ground squirrel family and goes by a variety of names- groundhog thickwood Badger monax wood-shock whistler whistlepig due to a warning sound made through their big front teeth moonack weenusk red monk and in our family PEST vinsiwineform.com Found throughout North America woodchucks are primarily in the eastern United States and much of southern Canada. This morning it was spotted in south central Massachusetts in our lakeside gardens. In New England they…