Category Archives: Harvard Forest

The Best of 2011, A Motmot’s View

1) Best Rediscovered Antique Food: Apples and Cider. If there’s a characteristic product of New England, it’s not maple syrup, it’s apples and cider. In drawing the ruins of cider mills, I obsess over apples,  modes of milling them for … Continue reading

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Birds and Boulders: new drawings

I’ve been hearing complaints that this hasn’t been a great migrant year (unless you happened to be in Central Park this spring- they had a splendid run) but to my  eyes, it’s been glorious. An hour each morning with binoculars … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2011: Trees and Other Necessities

White-throated sparrows are singing in cold, blustery Petersham. Back  in Oklahoma that   would have announced the onset of winter.  Here in the north it ostensibly heralds spring, which at this point is a mere promise; I’m still dressed in down … Continue reading

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A Story Set in Stone

I spent almost all of Sunday drawing a single-boulder slab quarry.  My project here in Harvard Forest is to make drawings of certain things, namely, the abandoned ruins of early New England settlement being reclaimed by nature. Nature tends to … Continue reading

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New England Hearth-Warming

I’m sitting beside a crackling blaze in our Petersham parlor, enjoying the warmth and comfort of one of the three fireplaces in our four room apartment (we’re just using one fireplace. Not to worry). In the 18th century when Higginson … Continue reading

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The Ghosts in the Forest

Overgrown and hidden deep in the New England woods-housing chipmunks and foxes- are root-tangled foundations, stacked-stone walls, and single-boulder quarries. The New England woods are full of ruins- relics of a people long gone by; a haunting and lovely sight. … Continue reading

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Some of My Favorite Places on Earth

This morning’s spectacular Moon-Venus occultation was a splendid kick-off to this year’s Earth Day. I didn’t see the actual event itself (not knowing about it until afterwards, drat it) but stepped, awestruck, outside in the dark to admire the close … Continue reading

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