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Archive for March 13, 2010

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

Here I’ll be sharing some photographs I’ve recently taken as well as some of my favorites 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.

This time of year it is possible to see signs of mole activity in the form of raised piles of earth on the ground, otherwise known as mole hills. Moles are insectivores, and devour an enormous amount of insects, spiders and earthworms. In order to find the necessary supply of food, they do a tremendous amount of digging – and do so at a rate of up to 18 feet a minute. Many of their tunnels are just under the surface of the ground (used for foraging) and are temporary, while others (used primarily in long periods of dry weather and during the winter) are considerably deeper (10+ inches) and are somewhat permanent highways. The soil that is excavated during the digging of the deeper tunnels is pushed up through vertical shafts and deposited on top of the ground in mounds of loose soil, very visible once the snow has melted.

MOLE  HILLS