Category Archives: Nature

Farewell 2017

I’m sure most of my readers will actually be reading this on Tuesday instead of Monday this week as Monday is Christmas day, but that’s ok!  Better late than never!

 

To that end, Merry Christmas everyone!  And Happy Holidays to those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas!

 

Here’s a shot I took earlier in the year (when we actually had snow) to get everyone in the winter mood.  Funny thing about this shot, the sky was only overcast when I set out on the hike but on the way back it was almost a blizzard.  I couldn’t see more than ten feet in front of me at times.  That’s Maine for you.  Our saying about the weather is so true:  “If you don’t like the weather in Maine…Wait five minutes.”

 

 

 

Well, this marks my last post of 2017.  I hope everyone enjoyed my random musings and photos this year.  I’ll be back with a new post next Monday where it’s January 1st, then I’ll continue with my “every-other-week” posting schedule.

 

I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year (and if you plan to ring in the new year at a party with alcohol, please drink responsibly and designate a driver)!

 

Take care, folks!

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

Western Head Preserve

 

 

 

On my trip to Campobello that I mentioned earlier this month, I stopped by one of the visitor centers and picked up a few maps of trails I hadn’t heard of here in Maine.

 

Let’s stop and reflect on that for a second… I had to go to CANADA, to find trails in my own state of Maine. That’s just wrong. Step it up, Maine!

 

Anyway, I learned of a place close by a few of the other trails I frequent in the village of Cutler. In fact, I’ve driven by the road this new trail is on too many times to count and always wondered while passing it, “what’s down there?”

 

Well, I finally found out… Western Head Preserve…

 

But let me take a step back for a moment and tell you about the drive there. On the way to Cutler, I have to pass through a small town called Whiting and at a point where the road curves (there are lots of curves in this road so just take my word here), there’s a telephone pole with a huge Osprey nest built on top. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this in past posts or not…

 

Anyway, the Osprey were in full view from the road. One was in the nest, the other in the trees not far away. I took a few pictures of both and it was only upon reviewing the images at home that I noticed something…

 

 

It looks to me like this Osprey only has one foot. I can’t tell if the foot is just tucked, like a flamingo, or if the leg is missing altogether. Hopefully it’s just tucked.

 

 

Moving on to Western Head Preserve. After parking I had to walk down a dirt road a little way to reach the trailhead which brought me down to a small stone beach then into the woods, to another stone beach, back into the woods, to a third stone beach, and back into the woods once more. This trail’s shape is called a “lollipop.” It’s a length of trail that leads to a loop, then back out along the same trail.

 

The vistas on the far, seaward side of the loop were amazing. I took a few panoramas to share with you folks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

The Mist

 

 

 

I went on a bike ride around Roosevelt International Park on Campobello Island a while ago, and I noticed something that was interesting and disturbing at the same time.

 

The Mist…

 

 

Now, at any other time this vista would have made me think of the Mists of Avalon, but this isn’t what you want to see mere days after watching the TV series “The Mist” (based on the Stephen King book). That’s just… No.

 

 

Luckily it didn’t overrun the island and I was able to make it home safely!

 

Then, a few days later, I happened upon a similar scene on my way to Cutler. This disturbed me a little more because those towers you see mark the Cutler Naval Base. An eerie parallel to the novel if there ever was one…

Again, I was lucky to escape unscathed!

 

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

Ladyslipper

 

 

 

On a hike I took a while ago, I stumbled upon a lone Ladyslipper. And when I say “stumbled upon” I’m talking almost literally. The little flower was inches from the edge of the trail and if I hadn’t been paying attention, I would have walked right past it, or worse, stepped on it.

 

Now, I mentioned Ladyslippers in a previous post. I still haven’t done the research as to whether or not they’re still endangered, but judging by the infrequency in which I spot them (I’ve only seen two that I know of in my lifetime), I’m guessing they’re probably still on the list. And if they’re not, they probably should be.

 

I know they’re supposed to grow in small clusters but the two I’ve seen have been solitary which is another thing that makes me think they’re probably still on the endangered species list.

 

 

 

 

So if you see one of these in your travels, leave it be. Take nothing but pictures! And parents, teach your children not to pick them. Even if they’re not endangered anymore (which I’m betting they still are), they should be left for others to view and enjoy.

 

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

Strange Things

 

 

 

Before you ask, no, this post isn’t about the Netflix show “Stranger Things.” I haven’t seen the show, but I’ve heard good things about it… Well, I’ve heard strange things… (see what I did there? [-_^]).

 

Anyway, this post, like so many of my blog posts, is about one of my countless hikes and something strange I spotted.

 

There’s an out-of-the-way trail tucked behind a cute little church in the town of Addison, Maine. It’s called the Ingersoll Point Preserve (I think I’ve mentioned it in a previous post, but I’m not sure…). It’s a network of three trails (and one short connector trail) that converge at a small rocky beach. It was on said beach that I spotted something strange…

 

 

 

Tell me that doesn’t look like a skull tucked among the rocks! I know it’s just a rock, but when I saw this, it gave me a little moment of “WTF!?”

 

Keep your eyes open, people. You never know what you might miss if you don’t pay attention.

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.