Tag Archives: winter

Flowering in winter? It’s witch-hazel!

The witch-hazel genus (Hamamelis) consists of five species of deciduous shrubs. Three of these are native to North America, while two are native to the temperate regions of Asia. What is remarkable about these species is when they flower. The … Continue reading

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Friday favorites: Twilight noon

Noon at Imnavait Creek, Alaska, reveals a multitude of colors in a cloud-studded sky.

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Friday favorites: Alaskan winter twilight

At 71 degrees latitude, our PhenoCam near Barrow, Alaska, is our most northern one. In deep winter, the sun never gets above the horizon, rendering all our images a bit dim, and highlighting wind-swept patterns in the snow.

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Friday favorites: Dustings

Boston has only received dustings of snow this year. Of course, last year when the city saw record snowfall, there had been almost no snow by mid-January, too. What the rest of this winter has in store is a mystery…

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Blooming in December

In Boston, the weather has been unseasonably warm this December. And it’s not just here. All over the Northeast US, parts of the Western US, in the UK, and beyond are still waiting for winter to arrive. The odd weather … Continue reading

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Surviving the winter as a tree

In much of the northern United States, temperatures are now regularly falling below freezing. For organisms made mostly of water — like you and me and all other animals and plants — this poses some problems. Many mobile creatures like … Continue reading

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The end of autumn

It’s early December, and in Cambridge, MA, most of the trees have shed all their leaves by now. There are exceptions: some of the red oaks are still holding on to a few crispy-dry, brown leaves (the same is true … Continue reading

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