Ice, life and the humble, mighty water molecule

By DECLAN MCCABE Come mid-January, when I’m acclimatized to Vermont’s winter, I enjoy an occasional stroll on the icy surface of Lake Champlain. I favor bays sheltered from the brunt of winter winds where the ice has had ample time to thicken. I pull microspikes on over my boots and off I go. There’s room… Read More »

American mountain ash: A rosaceae by any other name

American mountain ash: A rosaceae by any other name

By LAURIE D. MORRISSEY There’s a giant living in northern Coös County, N.H. It’s a 61-foot tall tree, the country’s largest known American mountain ash. At last measurement, it stood at a height of 61 feet and had a circumference of 70 inches. That’s outstanding for a tree that’s described by most sources, including my… Read More »