Sunday, March 30, 2008

New Favorite Sugar House, Pond View Maple Sugar House, Weare, NH

Maple Sugar Weekend is being held this weekend, I found another beautiful sugar house. Fresh spring  snow, sugaring and a beautiful setting makes a perfect picture, don't you agree :). 

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Return To Sugarbear Sugarhouse



Last Saturday, Bob and I returned this year, visiting Sugarbear Sugar House, located in Meredith, NH.  We spent  two hours, meeting friends and talking with Wayne Brunt the owner of the sugar house and his brother in law Ed White, watching the full process of making Maple Syrup. Sugaring is Wayne's hobby not a business although he does sell the syrup. 

They tapped 600 sugar maple trees.  It takes 40 gallons of sap to make a quart of maple syrup.  

Bob and I have visited quite a few Sugar Houses, Sugarbear Sugar House is my favorite to photograph. The
last 13 images were taken on Saturday you will find on 
NH Maple Sugaring - a photoset on Flickr

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

New Hampshire Maple Sugaring

Last week the sugar maple sap started to run,  warmer days and freezing nights. The sap starts to defrost and run. My pictures will show to ways of tapping a tree, the old traditional, method using buckets to collect the sap.  Modern, today methods, tapped into the sugar maples the hoses will connect and run into huge can resemble a maze of tubing through out the woods.

(click on images for full size photos) For more images click on my photo set NH Maple Sugaring - a photoset on Flickr

Tapping Maple Trees Old Fashion Way

Sap Drip

Tapping Maple Trees

Collection Vat For Sap for Maple Sugar

Hertiage Farm, Sanborton, NH

Hertiage Farm, Sanborton, NH

Sugar Bear Sugar House, Rt. 104, New Hampton, NH

Sugar Bear Sugar House, Rt. 104, New Hampton, NH

The next procedure the sap is boiled down in evaporator over a wood fire. The sap will become concentrated.  It takes forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple

 Overview of cooking the sap

Grade of Maple Syrup

Maple syrup has different grades (how the syrup runs, collected:
Grade A - First run, light amber
Grade A - Medium amber
Grade A - Dark amber end of the 4 to 6 weeks season
Grade B - Darker, stronger flavor the last of run.

Family Style Breakfast at Hertiage Farm, Sanborton, NH

  Family Style Breakfast At Heritage Farm, Sanbornton, NH

Maple Sugar Candy

For further information check this site  New Hampshire Maple Producers' Association - Welcoming Page

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

New Turkey Images....I Know I Am Boring You :( Add Your Caption

Add you caption :).

I set up another place to feed my flock, allowing me a better view point taking pictures.....removed the screen.....had my camera waiting.  When they arrived I open the kitchen door very slowly......went down on my hands and knees and crawled to the window so I would not frighten them.  I took 133 images :(...deleted many.  I really think I need help, I have a major obsession taking pictures of turkeys and have become VERY attached to them.  I am striving for the perfect shot!!

I am seeing a humorous side of my turkey series LOL.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Discovery, I Found Images I Never Edited, No SNOW.

I have going through my images and editing or re-editing as I learn PS.  In addition I am finding more images I am convert over to my Olde Tyme Series.

I took horses feeding across the street from a nature center when my friend Donna was visiting. 


Saturday, March 01, 2008

Wild Turkey Tale For Today And NH's Record Snowfall

We woke up to 5 inches of snow, instead of the predicted foot. Usually the night before I will throw out the feed for my birds (my pets, all 28 of them),   the snow would have covered the feed last night. It was still snowing when we woke up, thinking I would wait until after breakfast, my birds had another idea.  Bob heard the turkeys, chirping and looking up at the door where I would go to throw out their feed.  I put on my rubber garden clogs, still in my pajamas and went out on the deck throwing out the last of their feed....I ran out of feed.  

After they had eaten the wildlife feed, they went off into the woods, actually waiting for me to feed them again. We felt terrible but our driveway was not plowed and there was no way we could get out to buy the feed.  Our turkeys go through about 40 lbs. of feed every two weeks, more I feel he they cannot forage for food. They would be starving if we did not feed them. 

I have been researching turkeys and found an interesting articles 
Guidelines for winter feeding of wild turkeys - N.H. Fish and Game and Wildlife Profile: Eastern wild turkey - N.H. Fish and Game  I a totally in love with my turkey....WARNING HUNTERS stay away!!!!

Our local news station had report of about the wild life causalities due to our almost record holding winter, we have now about 108 inches, the record number were set in the 1873 at 122 inches of snow. My locate is further north, receiving higher snowfall counts.

New Hampshire Weather, Manchester New Hampshire Weather & Forecast - WMUR New Hampshire's Channel 9

Record breaking?

As of yesterday, we were at 102.2" of snowfall. That had us in 2nd place for highest snowfall in a winter season since 1900 and only the third time we've reached 100" since 1900.
How about ALL TIME? For that, yesterday we were in 8th place, as of this morning, at LEAST 6" of snow has fallen in Concord (at the time of this writing), so that puts us into 6th place all-time... we'll get the "official" measurements and update them on this page later today.

1) 1873-74 122.0"

2) 1872-73 115.0"

3) 1995-96 113.2"

4) 1886-87* 111.0"

5) 1887-88* 111.0"

6) 1898-99 103.2"

7) 1874-75 103.0"

8) 2007-08 102.2" (Not including today's snow, pending official meausurement)

*As an aside, many people have asked us why the state records we talk about are in Concord? Well, aside from it being the State Capitol, it is the only place that continous and professionally taken measurements have been made that date back as far as official records have been kept for weather. This is also the only spot where the National Weather Service pays professionals to take the measurements, so it's assured that they will always be taken, as opposed to the volunteer measurements that come in sporatically around the rest of New Hampshire... by the way, we really appreciate your measurements you send in to us!