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IN THE WINTER MONTHS, it’s breathtaking to spot snow-capped Mount Washington on a bluebird day. But enjoying this splendor from surrounding peaks in the winter takes knowledge and preparation, as the weather can often be unpredictable and unrelenting.

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IT HAD TAKEN a little while for birds to come back to my feeders, but now they are busy enough that it is taking a noticeable chunk of change to keep the feeders filled. I put out mealworms, black oil sunflower seed, thistle seed and suet. Almost everyone has come back — goldfinches, cardina…

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OUR BASEMENT is typically dry, but when we installed a new furnace years ago, we also had a sump pump installed. In the first crazy winter rain event this season, the sump pump had a minor malfunction which allowed for a not-so-minor amount of water to accumulate in the basement. Once the su…

Whenever I am lucky enough to encounter a wild owl, my body does something strange. Some unconscious reflex causes me to freeze, and hold my breath — for as long as the moment lasts, I’m locked there, watching or listening to see what this solemn, otherworldly creature will do next.

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MILAN — Employing what she called “reverse psychology,” which included her dressing as a crash-test dummy, Claudette Marino avoided trouble Saturday while riding her miniature Jeep to unprecedented lengths during the fifth annual art sled rally at the Nansen Ski Club’s Winter Carnival.

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It’s deep in winter, and a nor’easter is dumping snow outside. In between the howling winds you hear a boom! Maybe a heap of snow fell from the roof, you think, or a giant icicle crashed from the eaves. A few minutes later, another boom pounds through the blizzard’s gales. It’s closer this t…

OF ALL LIFE’S synergies, I appreciate most the one between my propensity for domestic procrastination and my love of moving through the outdoors — countless adventures are born of it. During a late November weekend, when faced with a day spent winterizing our home, my husband and I instead p…

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IN WINTER, river otters head upstream into the uplands, seeking areas of fast-moving water that remain open — at least open enough for an otter to slip into a stream in pursuit of fish. You might catch a brief glimpse of an otter along one of these smaller streams, as I did years ago with my…