Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Friday, January 1, 2021
1. Try new photographic techniques:
a) Use a neutral density filter when taking moving water and cloud photos (longer exposures like a minute long.)
b) Learn and practice stacking photos.
c) Use the Apeman Underwater camera at the beach.
d) Go to Popham Beach and photograph the tide pools, seaweeds on the rocks at Fox Island, Piping Plovers (bring long lens)
e) Get together with Greyhound friends more often and do lots of photography.
f) Play around with the lensball with photos.
2. Plant Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), male and female plants, for berries for birds during the winter months. The Maine Cooperative Extension link has more information. Planting guide for Winterberry. Buy from Gammon's Garden Center in Auburn, ME (207) 783-6986. (1 mile past Lake Auburn toward Turner.)
2. Visit Saco Heath Preserve (Nature Conservancy) to do some photography and butterfly watching during late May to early June when the heathland plants bloom AND when the Hessel's Hairstreak Butterfly is feeding off the heath flowers.
3. Photograph Piping Plover chicks on Popham Beach (by July 4th many of the chicks have hatched and they are flightless for 25-30 days). So, go to Popham Beach any time during the month of July to photograph the chicks.
4. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center - Rent a canoe for an hour or two to photograph the marsh along the Dunstan River. Opens 9:30am.
5. Seguin Island with Ethan DeBery. Gulls nest on the island and young gulls can be seen in nests in early to mid-July.
6. Potts Point Reserve AND Stover's Point Preserve - South Harpswell - Short walk.
9. Orono Bog Boardwalk - One mile boardwalk loop trail through part of the 600 acre bog that is part of the Caribou Bog Complex.
10. River Run Tours around Bath, Arrowsic, Georgetown (through July 28th)
11. Maine Maritime Museum Lighthouse and Nature Cruises (through Oct. 29th.) YAY! My buddy, Shannon, has gifted me a 4 hour lighthouse boat tour for 2021!
12. Whale Watching -
a) Odyssey Whale Watching Tour - Portland.
b) Quoddy Link Marine - Whale Watch out of St. Andrews New Brunswick. - Humpback Whales and Finback Whales in August. Ha! This means that we would have to stay in Campobello for a few nights...Awesome!
13. Monhegan Island - Monhegan Boat Line out of Port Clyde AND Hardy Boat Cruises out of New Harbor. Go in May for the migration of Warblers and other birds.
14. Casco Bay Lines - Cruises and tours.
15. Machias Seal Island Puffin Tours - Bold Coast Charter - out of Cutler. Late July to early August is when seas might be calmer.
16. Maine Mineral & Gem Museum - Bethel, Maine
17. Mt. Washington Cog Railway (New Hampshire)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Whoooeee! I took the longest time yet to traverse the woods! We took 112 minutes (almost 2 hours) to walk 1.37ish miles. Poor Drew and Toby... I am such a slow poke.
But we had uneven trails to walk, mud to slog through, ice to navigate, a creek to cross, brush to remove from the trails, photos to take and Toby with his blind dog stand-up strikes because he didn't want to go where we wanted to go!
Here is the old county road where water has iced over a bit in the tracks of the ATVs that traverse it.I took a photo of the edge of the track where you can see the frost crystals that have formed.Drew's bridge is still standing after all the rushing water from the rain, wind, and snow melt. You can see the rushing water under the bridge. It took me a few tries to cross it as I got a bit of vertigo from the motion of the water. But, I figured if Toby could do it, so could I! It is a bit skinny for the unsteady of foot, and for a blind dog. Toby fell off it several years ago, but was successful at crossing it today as he took it very slowly. Drew is so great at guiding him. Further up the trail, I found more crystals and ice to photograph. There were lots of wet areas and lots of drainage from all the melting. I love this photo as you can see layers of ice and crystallization patterns. And, the sun was hitting it in such a pretty way.
Monday, December 21, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
|The table shows the last 8" of snow in the afternoon as the snowfall was just about done.|
We got 15 inches of light, fluffy snow today! It was easy to shovel and was so pretty.Here is a photo of the bird feeding area after the first 7" of snow had come down. There was double that amount at the end of the storm.
|I love mourning doves, and this one spent a lot of time near the feeder station|
|I took this photo through the kitchen window in the morning.|
Sunday, December 6, 2020
We got 7" of snow from this awful storm. First it rained, followed by snow, followed by rain, followed by snow. By the time we got around to shoveling it, it was hardened like a brick. This was by far the heaviest snow we have ever tried to move around.