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This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  1. How I love this sweet time of year! Not quite yet in Maine, but soon.

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    1. And, if the maple time is here, it’s only a matter of time before it’s pussy willow time! 😉

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    1. So much fun to see and smell! I worry about the environmental reports that say our maple trees may not make it in the warmer years to come. ;-(

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      1. I know, they need a good cold winter and not-too-hot summer, so I feel the same.

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  2. Are you making your own, Julie? That’s a lot of work.
    One of the chapters in “Braiding Sweetgrass” is dedicated to the entire, long process of collecting and concentrating the sap into syrup. Having never done it myself, it was fascinating to read. I appreciate maple syrup even more now that I know how involved its production is.

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    1. Not even a chance of making my own! Such a process. However, back in the “old days” of elementary school teaching, a colleague made maple syrup in frying pans in the back of the classroom. Took a couple of days to make just enough for the class to have a small sample. 😉
      Luckily, we have two sugar houses within a few miles drive. One even has a self serve honesty box outside, which we visited frequently during lockdown.

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      1. I imagine it would be too cumbersome for most people to make their own syrup, unless they really like the process.
        I love the idea of an honesty box. When my husband and I traveled through New Hampshire and Maine many years ago during autumn, we made use of those.

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      2. In the summers, many folks around here sell fruit on veg in front of their houses that way. I’ve never heard of the money being stolen—a positive thought to hold on to in these unkind times…

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  3. Wow! Amazing and beautiful photos! I love Maple! Thanks for share Julie.
    Have a wonderful time!
    Elvira

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    1. Maple syrup from nearby trees is a real treat!

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      1. I can imagine, wonderful! Thank’s

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  4. Julie, for the first time I can see how is maple syrup made. It’s a very long process and not an easy one. Thank you for this incredible post! All the best to you!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Kaya. Sugar making is an amazing thing. I feel lucky to have it here in Massachusetts.

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  5. Gosh – such a lot of sap need to produce the syrup! Maple syrup is imported and expensive here unfortunately so it is not something I often use.

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    1. I can imagine how expensive it would be for you, as it is even pretty expensive here. Luckily, as a child, my next door neighbors had a sugar house, so we were well supplied!

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