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Turkey Tracks: Ice Houses and An Eagle

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Turkey Tracks:  January 26, 2012

Ice Houses and An Eagle

In deep winter, ice houses start appearing on our ponds.  Here’s Hosmer Pond, over by the Snow Bowl.  There are more ice houses on it than I remember in recent years.  What’s special about this picture, though, is the large lump to the right of the ice house in the middle of this picture.  It’s an eagle, who was eating something, probably some discarded bait.

We couldn’t quite believe it when we first passed.  My brain was saying “no, it’s some sort of big gull.”  I was driving, so I turned around and doubled back.  John got out of the car with his phone camera, and maybe he got better pictures.  I realized that I had my small camera in my purse (what good is a camera if it’s never with you?), so I held it out to him.  But, our presence began to spook the eagle, and it flew.  John tried to get those pics, but they didn’t come out.  The eagle’s white tail and huge wing span were spectacular up so close.

This snow has melted with our recent warm temps (50 degrees yesterday), so the whole pond is as shiny and smooth as glass–which the ice skaters love.

xxx

Written by louisaenright

January 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

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  1. gorgeous!

    Tara Derr Webb

    January 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

  2. Hi Louise-
    I tried your yogurt recipe with whole MOO milk and yogourmet starter. Nothing happened. I just bought the starter at the Belfast coop this week. What do you think went wrong?
    Thanks,
    Julie

    Julie O.

    January 28, 2012 at 6:58 am

    • I’m not sure. I’m sending you a separate email asking you to call me so we can talk about it. Moo Milk is pasteurized, but I’ve made yogurt with pasteurized milk before… You might not have used enough yogourmet. Or, too much. Or your stove temp is “off.” Or, and I’m guessing this is the reason–since it is winter and kitchens are colder–it just needed more time to develop. We get into such panics about spoilage. The mixture won’t spoil with real milk–ever–it just develops into some sort of cheese. And it is unlikely not going to spoil with pasteurized milk either for quite some time since there is fermentation happening. If it does spoil, believe me you’d know it.

      louisaenright

      January 30, 2012 at 8:25 am


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