Warren, Connecticut.

Our hostas seem to be going by right now but I found this amazing plant over at a friend’s house. I love hosta leaves, they’re voluptuous.

Update: I’ve replaced the original image with a new one. In printing the first version the slightly sepia color didn’t look great and I went with a more standard monochrome processing. I hate to replace an image after people have commented on it, my apologies if this messes anything up.

Hosta with water droplets

Hosta with water droplets

Warren, Connecticut.

We were out very early this morning cutting up some large red oak logs from trees that were taken down last spring (my large saw with 20″ bar had to make two passes). Fantastic wood and once split and dried it’s going to heat our houses well three years from now (we work three years out).

It started raining while we were working and I noticed some water droplets collecting on a hosta plant nearby. Took a few images in the rain and this is what I got. Not quite as sharp as I’d like but still some interesting patterns and textures.

Hosta with water droplets

Hosta with water droplets

Hosta with water droplets

Gray fox kit

Gray fox kit

Warren, Connecticut. We have a gray fox adult who comes through our yard from time to time, probably lives on the hill behind our house. He or she is a spectacularly beautiful animal. Two weeks ago this “kit” appeared under one of our bird feeders by the kitchen and stayed for a few days.

This kit was born last spring so is about 4-5 months old and is no doubt venturing out into the world to figure things out. It had no problem with me moving around inside the kitchen window and even looked up at me a few times. Maybe a bit too comfortable with humans but no doubt time and learning will iron that out. It spent the majority of the day in one of our firewood piles and was only under the feeder, looking for voles and mice in the morning and at dusk.

I so much wanted to have a longer lens and to have not shot through a dirty window but alas, this is what I got.

We have many red foxes around and they’re quite common here, but this little kit and its parent are the first gray foxes we’ve seen.

Spectacular animals.

A collection of pardoned turkeys

A collection of pardoned turkeys

Warren, Connecticut. I was peeling potatoes (almost always the guy’s job) and watching a flock of cowbirds eat the feed that falls from the bird feeder and up walks a herd of wild turkeys. These dudes were fat, no doubt smart enough to survive the local hunters who like to bag their holiday meal outside of Costco. I ran and got the camera and shot this through a dirty window but there it is. Our Costco turkey was less lucky, he or she is cooking away.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, and happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate it. For the rest of you, have a nice day.

Our backyard the morning after the big storm

Our backyard the morning after the big storm

Warren, Connecticut. We still have no power and may not until Sunday and I’m posting this from a friend’s house in Goshen where they got power yesterday. Anne and I got our first shower since Saturday, it was heaven.

We had a lot of damage at our place, the oak trees hadn’t lost their leaves yet so got burdened down with snow and ice and the tops broke off. One of those tops gently landed on our roof and was hanging by a thread; our good friends at Arbor Services of Connecticut came by and took care of it for us (thank you Leonard and whoever else helped out).

Today I cut up all the big downed wood and piled the brush for the birds to make nests in.

Anne and I are roughing it but we have a great wood stove and plenty of dry wood so we’re warm. We’re using stream water to flush toilets and cooking on a Coleman burner on the deck.

Last night we went out and had a pizza and put the leftover pizza in a secure box on the deck along with our milk and other refrigerator stuff. Unfortunately a raccoon found my pizza and ate it and opened all our boxes and pawed through everything getting red sauce on most of it. Sigh, if life weren’t tough enough.

I’ve been going to the Danbury Mall to use the Apple store wifi network and the mall is nice enough to let people plug into the mall’s power outlets. I bring a power strip and recharge both iPhones, both iPads, both computers, and my iPal radio that I listen to updates of our situation on NPR on.

We’re frustrated but we’re very lucky to have wood heat and we’ll live.