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Archive for February 27, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

SAP IS FLOWING

All you need to do is take a walk in the woods, especially after the severe winds of the past 24 hours, in order to determine that the sap in trees has started to flow. Whether the result of porcupine debarking or a limb breaking off a tree, sap could be seen flowing freely today, as evidenced by this yellow birch icycle that was in the process of melting when I photographed it. Sugar maple is the tree of choice for most syrup makers, but yellow birch sap has been a source of flavor for beer and wine, as well as for syrup-making. Fresh out of the tree, it has a sweet, somewhat wintergreen taste.