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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…






Finally, Some Snowshoeing!

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while might remember me mentioning something about snowshoeing back in…wow…2009.  It’s kind of hard to believe it’s been that long.  But, it has.  Over the past few years, there hasn’t been enough snow in my portion of Maine to make snowshoeing worth while (it’s actually difficult to snowshoe when there isn’t enough snow).  But recently, there was quite a bit of snow on the trails I tend to frequent.  And finally, I got to use my snowshoes for the third time since I bought them back in ‘08!

I went to one of my trusted standby trails, the Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge.  It’s a four mile round trip trail (and surprisingly I’m not in agony from the trek like I was the first time I ever tried my snowshoes on that trail).  It was nice and sunny when I started out, but not even a quarter of the way into the trail, it started snowing like a son of a *insert expletive here*….  But, I trudged on hoping the flurried wouldn’t turn into a squall (Eskimos aren‘t the only ones with several words for snow!).

Like usual, I had my camera with me and took some shots along my trek.  Here’s one of the better shots for everyone to enjoy.

Winter on the Birch Point Trail

Until next time…



Snowshoeing 101

No, this isn’t a blog to instruct you in the ancient arts of snowshoeing.  I do have a few things to say about snowshoeing but this blog is mainly for the photography I was doing WHILE on my first snowshoeing trip.

Now, for those of you who have never gone snowshoeing before or are intimidated by the look of said shoes, don’t fret my friends.  Granted it is a bit awkward when you first try it, but it’s not half as difficult as you may think.

My only advice… Start slow.

Don’t do what I did and go on a four mile hike your first time out.  I guarantee you, you’ll be hurting something fierce when your done.  And for a few days after.

So anyway,  I headed to the Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge since that was the only place with a trail decent enough for a first time snowshoe participant such as myself.  Bringing my camera along was good in a few ways.  First, I got some nice pictures, but that’s a given.  Humility be damned! [^_^]  And the other was that it gave me an excuse to stop and rest when I got tired.
It went kind of like this:  *gasp* *wheeze* “Oh look, that’s a pretty snow covered tree.” *click* *rest* *sigh*

Yeah, so here are a few of the better shots I took.

Camera: Sony HX1, Focal Length: 5mm, F-Stop: 8, Shutter Speed: 1/100, ISO: 125

Camera: Sony HX1, Focal Length: 5mm, F-Stop: 4, Shutter Speed: 1/250, ISO: 125

Camera: Sony HX1, Focal Length: 11mm, F-Stop: 4, Shutter Speed: 1/160, ISO: 125

So, that’s all for now.  I’m off to make and send Christmas cards.  Hopefully they’ll get to where they’re going before Christmas.

Keep on rockin’ on.