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Resourceful Ironwood

Mar 11, 2019

A small ironwood, Carpinus caroliniana, on the edge of Lincoln Pond in the Helderbergs. It looks like high water at some point almost drowned it. But not quite. On the right hand stem, a lateral has become the new leader. How did it happen?

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The Power of Reiteration

Feb 27, 2019

By repeating themselves, trees can revive even after they fail. Branches can become trees of their own. Roots in a hollow can become the source of a new tree. Here, a fallen osage orange has turned two lateral branches into 30 foot tall trees. The one at the end is now putting down its own roots. When the old tree dies, this tree will carry on, genetically identical. This is called phoenix regeneration.

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Willow Pollards

Feb 09, 2019

The ancient tradition of pollarding willows is still alive on the Somerset Levels near Bristol in western England. It is a landscape full of stunning ancient pollards, but there are farmers who still regularly cut their willows, using the sprouts for hurdles, wattle fencing and baskets.

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Following the Weather

Oct 22, 2012

Have been enjoying following weather sites on Twitter. Wunderground always quite informative. A great site on aerosols from Huelva, Spain. Most droll is often Britain’s Met Office. Weatherman Dan this evening: “At the risk of repeating myself, fog for many overnight, clearer in the northwest.”

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Looking at New York City air with the New York Daily News

Oct 09, 2012

I spent a very enjoyable day and half with NY Daily News reporter Vickie Cavaliere and two photographers. We took air samples with the spore suckers at 6 different NYC sites, from a bosquey Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to hipster Williamsburg, from Chinatown to the Bruckner Expressway. Interesting and somewhat surprising results.

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The Pix for El Greco’s Clouds

Oct 08, 2012

Here are the paintings that are part of the section of AIR entitled “El Greco’s Clouds.”

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