January Thaw

One week ago our nighttime low temperature approached zero.

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Falmouth, MA, cranberry bogs, well frozen, not stirring.

An increasingly powerful south wind has been blowing for a few days.

It makes fog as the warm air passes over the cool water.

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Fog and waves on Vineyard Sound.
Birds, too.

Even on Falmouth’s placid beaches, waves are kicking up.

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The Oceanographic’s Coastal Observatory Tower off Katama reported wave heights approaching ten feet.

In the wee hours of the 31st, under a large and waning moon, the temperature was close to sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Nice and warm.

For May.

In just twelve hours, our driveway went from bumpy ice to bare pavement.

In the same time, exposed dirt went from gelid to gooey.

It’s January thaw time.

Ice chunks and water drop rings, Oyster Pond.

Ice chunks and water drop rings, Oyster Pond.

Down at the lagoon in between Oyster Pond and the Trunk River, a layer of water too shallow to be ruffled by the wind covers the ice, and reflects.

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Lagoon in between Oyster Pond and the Trunk River.

Colors have intensified in the moist air.

At the Trunk River weir.

At the Oyster Pond outlet weir. Can you find the blue and pink sky reflection?

With snow gone, vole tunnels are exposed.

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And in a roadside garden, a hyacinth is rushing the season.

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By the way, that picture of the lagoon between Oyster Poand and Trunk River?

It’s upside down.

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