Winter on Pigeon Hill

Winter on Pigeon Hill After a long morning of problem-solving work issues, not budging from my desk, I needed to move. Hannah and I set off in the car without a destination and landed atop Pigeon Hill. At 19 degrees. Our last Pigeon Hill trip was with dad last June. Our last winter hike... Read more »

A Winter’s Sunday Drive

A Winter’s Sunday Drive A winter’s day Sunday drive. On this marsh, yesterday’s high waters flash froze before receding. The crackle and tinkling sound of breaking ice was like a background music score. A new day, a new beach to explore. Colder than yesterday with a high of 19... Read more »

January Thaw

January Thaw A January thaw has descended on the region. Temps in the 50s paired with high winds and torrential rains have all but washed away the snow and ice. When the rain tapered off today it felt almost balmy outside so Hannah and I headed to the beach for a walk –... Read more »

A Passing Snow Squall

A Passing Snow Squall It was a balmy 32 degrees Downeast today – a most welcome change from the sub zero temps that have lingered.  Traveling the roads the past few days has been harrowing.  Snow on top of ice is never fun.  Today, rich with sunshine, gave the crews a chance to clean... Read more »

Eagles on a Snowy Afternoon

Eagles on a Snowy Afternoon I spied this bald eagle perched over the river today and paused for a photo. And then there were two. It’s so good to be back in Maine where the traffic is slow – it doesn’t matter if I stop the car in the middle of the road for a photo... Read more »

Christmas Red

Christmas Red As I was cruising about Downeast this week, I couldn’t help but notice the pops of red in the landscape. The snow created a wonderful backdrop for this winter berry tree. And the winter berry shrubs that tend to grow along the highway. A red lobster boat.... Read more »

Clouds Over Cadillac

Clouds Over Cadillac I’ve been working a lot lately and as a result, feeling a bit sedentary. I miss my hikes with Hannah. Paul’s been a sport coming out with me a few times, but he doesn’t like the types of hikes I enjoy. Wendlilee invited me out for a walk at Petit... Read more »

Garnet Fields

Garnet Fields When the splendor of the maples has dimmed and the oaks and aspens alone give color to the landscape, there are the barrens. Magnificent, garnet-colored blueberry fields sweeping to the horizon.... Read more »

Autumn on Cadillac

Autumn on Cadillac When the weekend forecast looked gray, I played hookey on Friday and headed to Acadia National Park with Paul. My end game was to see Cadillac Mountain in full autumn color.  At home, color has mostly faded, the leaves losing their hold on the season.  Acadia seems to... Read more »

Out and About in Castine

Out and About in Castine In search of an adventure, Paul and I headed down the coast to Castine this first Saturday in October. A small coastal town home to Maine Maritime Academy, Castine had all but rolled up her carpet for the season. I was delighted by the architecture and the trees in... Read more »

Pipers Under Pressure

Pipers Under Pressure The sun was shining when I left my house for the beach with Paul in tow. In the twenty minute drive (and one ice cream stop), the skies turned dark. A spot rainstorm followed us to the beach leaving it empty. I’d timed our visit a couple of hours after high tide... Read more »

Bog Brook Cove Revisited

Bog Brook Cove Revisited With just two days left before Hannah heads off to college, we spent the morning revisiting Bog Brook Cove. It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since our first hike here – seems like yesterday. The fog rolled away from the coast just as we... Read more »

Focus on Fireweed

Focus on Fireweed In August, Fireweed paints the Downeast landscape a vibrant purply pink. The tall spires are laden with elegant, delicate little flowers. Turns out that this afternoon I’m not the only one interested in Fireweed on the side of the... Read more »

Playing Hookey with Hannah

Playing Hookey with Hannah Hannah’s pre-college punch list included the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. When Wednesday’s weather looked beautiful, she talked me into playing hookey with her and make the three-hour trip to Boothbay. The weather was picture perfect for exploring. ... Read more »

Bog Brook Cove Bluff

Bog Brook Cove Bluff A couple of years ago, Hannah and I hiked one of the Bog Brook Cove trails in Trescott. I remember discovering a lovely cove inhabited by seals at the end of the trail. On the bluffs above the beach sat perched a gray weathered shingle home. Tonight I had the chance... Read more »

Evening Walk on the Sunrise

Evening Walk on the Sunrise Hannah and I both spent the day working. Come dinner time, we felt the need to get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful day. We headed to Machias, parked and walked a few miles on the Sunrise Trail. The trail meanders along the river on one side. The other side of the... Read more »

Wild Iris

Wild Iris After a stop in Winter Harbor to visit with a friend, Hannah and I headed out to Schoodic Point for a scramble on the rocks. Inland was warm and sunny, while The Point was shrouded in fog. The prettiest wild iris give the seascape a pop of color. They surround rock... Read more »

Exploring Gardens

Exploring Gardens On this Fourth of July, Hannah and I explored some of the beautiful gardens of Mount Desert Island. Our initial destination was the Charlotte Rhoades Butterfly Garden in Southwest Harbor. This small, but spectacular garden was designed by Bruce John Riddell who is... Read more »

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