Tag Archives: Hiking

New Trail

Every once in a while I start to get a little bored hiking the same circuit of trails over and over.  So, when I stumble upon a new trail, I’m eager to check it out.

 

I recently located another trail close by one I frequent.  How I never knew about this trail before is kind of sad.  I didn’t drive far enough down the particular road.  Sort of an “around the next bend” kind of situation.

 

Anyway, the trail system is called the Boot Head Preserve and it’s a modest two mile loop but the ocean vistas are awesome.

 

This was the first vista I came to when I took the right path of the loop.

Circling around the loop, I came upon this staircase…

…which brought me to another awesome vista.

I’ll definitely be visiting this preserve again in the future.

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

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Hiding Spot

 

On a recent hike, I stumbled across a tree that had a spot hollowed out.  Something about the size and shape of the hollow got me thinking…

 

It’d be a perfect place for Link to hide…

 

 

Sometimes you gotta ambush your enemies and what better way to do it than from above, from the hollow of a tree?

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

Eagle!

 

 

Though it’s becoming less rare for me to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle in the wild while I’m out hiking, I’m still awed each time I see one.

 

 
Recently, I went hiking/snowshoeing at the Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge in Steuben, Maine. The trail I was on, the Birch Point Trail, has some sad memories attached to it but I won’t get into that. At the point on the trail that comes out to the bay, there’s a small island where eagles are known to nest.

 

 
While I was relieving myself of my pack and getting ready to enjoy my lunch, I heard the call of an eagle and decided to see if I could spot him or her. The tide was in at the time so I couldn’t venture out onto the rocks, but I did manage to spot the eagle in its nest out on the island.

 

 
I managed to get several shots though I only wish the camera I use while hiking zoomed in further and took better quality photographs when zoomed in.

 

 
Anyway, here’s one of the shots I got of the eagle…

 

 

PMWR Bald Eagle

 

 

 

 

Until next time…

 

 
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~A.M.

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.

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.