Category Archives: Nature

Tunk Waterfall

 

Tunk Mountain is one of my favorite places after Quoddy to go hiking.  When I was there earlier this year, every little brook and stream was dry from a severe lack of rain.

 

 

On my most recent hike, I was glad to see the water had returned to a more normal level.  The brooks and streams were flowing full force.

 

 

I stopped at one of my favorite spots for picnics and photographs.  It was too cold that day to picnic next to the cold waters, so I just settled for some photographs.  I decided to play around with some of the in-camera photo effects.  I liked this black and white image the best, seconded by the same shot set up in black and white with a hint of blue in the water.

 

 

Tunk Waterfall

Tunk Waterfall With Blue

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

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Fall Foliage… Almost A Win

I just realized that I went the entire month of October without posting a foliage picture.  I guess November is still technically “fall” but the foliage tends to peak in October around where I live.

 

 

Over the past few years the foliage has been a huge let down and my annual trip to Screw Auger Falls and the neighboring Mother Walker Falls (laugh it up) and Moose Cave here in Maine have just been a test of my resilience to cold wind.

 

 

This year, the foliage was a tad bit better, though not as vibrant as I’d have liked when I arrived at Screw Auger Falls then went on to Mother Walker Falls and Moose Cave.  We’ve been in the throes of a bit of a drought here in Maine this past summer and even now so I don’t know if that was a help to the fall colors or a hindrance.  I do know that the lack of pounding rain and the gale force winds that tend to accompany fall rains meant that fewer leaves were torn from the trees before they had a chance to change color which is what tends to happen.

 

 

Screw Auger Falls

 

View From Mother Walker Falls

 

Mother Walker Falls Stone Stairway

 

Picnic Table at Mother Walker Falls

 

 

So, fall foliage for 2016… Almost a win…

 

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

Rain Covered Spider Web

This summer was pretty rough in the way of precipitation.  We received very little.  I wouldn’t call it a full on drought, but it was bad enough that pretty much all of the little streams and rivers I come across while hiking were bone dry.  Even on a recent hike after we’d received a day of rain and the forest was damp with rain drops still clinging to the leaves and pine needles, the streams were still dry.  Hopefully that will change soon.

On my most recent hike, I decided to try a few artsy shots of the raindrops in the trees and on the flowers and grass.  I took a few shots and was kind of satisfied with them when I came across a rain covered spider web in a pine tree.  The raindrops on the delicate strands of spider silk look like little pearls.

Rain Covered Spider Web

Later on down the trail I caught a picture of two squirrels.  At the time I thought they were just chasing each other, playing, but in reviewing my photos, I noticed they weren’t playing.  They were getting frisky.  I won’t be posting the photo as I’m not a peddler of wildlife porn, I only mention it because it was hilarious.  Here I think I’m catching a shot of two animals playing when in reality they’re getting it on.

Until next time…

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~A.M.

Camping Adventure

 

In addition to hiking I’m also a big fan of camping.  I went camping for the second time this year a week or so ago (I usually wait until fall when it’s a bit cooler with less bugs).

 

Before embarking on my camping adventure, I made sure I had everything ready.  I decided to set up the single-person pop-up tent I bought years ago (but never used until now), in my living room before committing to using it on my trip.  I wanted to see if my air mattress would fit in the tent or if I’d have to make other arrangements (I.e. sleep on the ground).  Luckily the mattress fit.

 

I left the room for a moment and came back to this…

 

Cat Stole My Tent!

 

I think either she wanted to go with me, didn’t want me to go at all, or just liked the set-up.  I’m betting it was a combo of the last two.

 

Anyway, I got to the campground and got settled in my campsite, and what should happen?  It started raining.  Luckily my campsite had an arbor over the picnic table so I was able to wait out the rain without having to retreat to the car.

 

Once the rain let up, there was a layer of fog surrounding an island out in the bay.  This was the view from my campsite.

 

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Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

Faerie Cabin #2

 

Again, on another hike at Quoddy Head State Park, I stumbled across something super cute.

 
Along the trail popular for little faerie houses, my hiking partner pointed out a faerie house a few feet into the trees. It was simple in construction, using an existing mound of earth with a hole, but the overall look of it was pretty genius.

 

Faerie House

As I was heading back to the parking lot from my hike, along that same trail, I saw a family of four up ahead of me. The mother was taking a picture of the two children, a boy and a little girl, sitting on a log. As I got closer, the boy spotted me and asked “Do you like our faerie house?” I looked between where the kids were sitting, expecting a line of stones leading to a hole in the ground or some very simple structure (they were pretty young kids after all), but my expectations were exceeded.

 
The little house, though utilizing a hole in a log, was actually quite elaborate compared to most I see. It even had a stick chimney! You can tell some thought went into its construction.

 

Faerie Cabin #2

Now, I’m not sure if mom and dad had a hand in building the house (I’m pretty sure they did), but if it was just the work of the kids, I’m guessing that at least one of them will go into engineering later in life.

 
It was pretty awesome!

 

 
Again, keep an eye out for the Faerie Folk!

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.