December 19, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Mallards quacking loudly from the creek. Gray overcast, gray-white lake, chilly breeze from the southeast. Small fishing tent on the ice, sound of a power drill; bicyclist circling off shore; two dogs following a trailing sled. Few people on the paths; air traffic heavy overhead.

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December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

Air thick with mist; cooling breeze from the northwest. Lake a sheet of water over ice (over water).

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December 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fog and mist; lake largely covered with water; a couple of ice fishermen standing some distance off the southeast shore.

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December 13, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Scores of mallards on the wide stretch of the creek, still fringed with ice. Gray sky, brightened pink along the southern horizon; light breeze from the southeast. Large sheets of water on the lake. Paths busy.

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December 6, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Creek running high, shelved with ice at its widest reach, ice-free at its narrowest, carrying scores of mallards in-between. Cloudless sky, welcome sunlight; light breeze from the west; lake a glassy, turquoise sheet, here mottled, there girdled, with pinkish snow. Paths busy, a few people on the ice; two fishermen preparing a hole near the southwest shore, two people and two dogs near the northeast shore. A few patches of water on the ice near the northern shore.

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December 3, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lake frozen over, streaked with snow. Many joggers, few walkers. Large, gibbous moon rising before sunset.

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November 30, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Breeze at sunset from the west. Open water, reduced to the west and the north, carries hundreds of mallards. A few pedestrians and joggers.

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November 29, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Some haze, pink air at dusk; light breeze from the west. Lake more than half covered with snow. Several large, broken Vs of geese flying overhead across the lake, southeast to northwest. Large patch of open water near southern shore carries hundreds of mallards; larger patch farther north carried hundreds of common mergansers--black head, black back, white sides--moving busily back and forth, occasionally diving; hundreds of gulls resting on the ice shelf, then rising in a large flock and moving westward. A few coots bobbing near the north shore. Paths busy with walkers and runners.

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November 23, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gray sky, streak of light in the west, breeze from the northwest. Hundreds of gulls on the shelf of thin ice off the southeastern shore, rising in two flocks and returning. Hundreds of mallards along the southwest shore, some far out. A dozen and a half coots off the northern shore. One fishing boat on the water. Paths busy with walkers and joggers.

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November 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Gray sky, some luminosity; breeze from the northwest. Solitary mallard on the western shore, loon far off the shore. Milkweed pods silky. Many joggers on the path.

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November 7, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Overcast, slight drizzle, breeze from the southeast. A few mallards off the southern shore; clusters of coots along the southern and western shores. Fisherman in the southwest inlet. Heavy plane traffic.

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November 2, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thinning cloud cover at sunset, diffusing pink light. Light breeze from the south. Large loon idling off the southern shore; fishing boat, two kayaks. Patches of coots near the southwest inlet, along the western shore, and off the northern shore. Paths fairly busy.

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October 31, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Clear blue sky, bright sunlight towards sunset; slight breeze from the northwest. The wooden and the plastic docks now at anchor offshore. One fisherman in the water off the southwest inlet. A few mallards there; hundreds of coots scattered close to the western shore; scores of gulls in a bright pod in the center of the lake. A few runners and pedestrians.

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October 27, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blue sky with vague cloud fringe, light breeze from the northwest. Canoe on the water, fishermen on the southwest dock and on shore near the band shell. Coots scattered in groups in the southwest and northeast. Mallards around the southwest inlet include brown domestic duck with iridescent green mallard head and triangular white bib. Not many pedestrians, mostly walking dogs.

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October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blue sky, hardly a cloud, calm; partial eclipse of the sun reflected off the flat mirror of the lake. Warm, tempered sunlight brightening the fading fall colors along the shore. Red kayak and a rowboat far off the northern shore. Hundreds of bright white gulls in the center of the lake; scores of black coots along the southwest shore. Scores of bicycles, many photographers.

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