A quick hello from Portsmouth, N.H., where Pamelia and I spent the night en route to an unfamiliar destination nine time zones away. We will be flying from JFK to Moscow to the 2014 Winter Olympic host city of Sochi so that I can attend the Olympic World Press Briefing and do scouting and planning work for SI's 2014 coverage. We'll be staying in the Caucasus mountains, where the Olympic skiing and sliding events will take place.
The trip should be fascinating. Sochi is a summer resort that is trying to transform itself into a winter one. Some 70,000 construction workers are toiling around the clock to build or improve venues, hotels and roads. I'll post some photos and more details as I get a chance. In the meantime, here are a few more recent shots from Maine:
Answer to the Last Puzzler The distinctive star-shaped leaf was from a sweetgum tree.
Today's Puzzler What type of leaves are shown in the photo below?
a) American chestnut b) hickory c) beech