Barred Owl on the Barrens

Barred Owl on the Barrens If you’ve been visiting me here at my Downest Thunder Farm blog for any length of time, you know I’m passionate about owls. I have yearned to capture one on camera. When I finally spotted an owl that stuck around long enough for me to snap a picture, it... Read more »

The Surf at Schoodic Point

The Surf at Schoodic Point I had great ambition for a hike today. The thermometer was above freezing and the skies were blue. Then I stepped outside and realized the wind was whipping. Brrr. My hike plans instead turned into a lunch outing and an afternoon drive. I did leave the car to pick my... Read more »

When Worlds Collide

When Worlds Collide Cruising along US Route 1 today, I spied a bundle on the edge of the road. As I passed I processed what it might be and my curiosity got the better of me. I turned around and headed back. It’s rare to see a bird on the edge of the road, but in this case, it was a... Read more »

Sunset at Schoodic

Sunset at Schoodic A three-hour lunch with a good friend at the Pickled Wrinkle (Isn’t that a great name for a pub?) was a wonderful way to spend a Friday afternoon. That’s how I found myself just a couple of miles from Schoodic Point near sunset. I was the only person there... Read more »

An End of the Year Treat

An End of the Year Treat Hannah and I braved the chilly afternoon with a walk by the river to work off some of the molasses cookies we’ve enjoyed over the holiday. Although there’s little snow here in the yard, in the woods, under the cover of trees, things were a little slippery.... Read more »

Autumn Geese

Autumn Geese I spied this flock of geese late afternoon last weekend. I parked and slowly wandered towards them, snapping pictures with my camera. They were on alert but seemed to grow comfortable with my presence and went back to nibbling whatever they nibble. A few steps, pause.... Read more »

Exploring McClellan with Gidget

Exploring McClellan with Gidget A crisp November afternoon found Hannah, Gidget, and me at McClellan Park. We’d planned to walk the short trails but instead spent the afternoon scrambling across the rocks; a picture perfect afternoon! Gidget was a trooper, but Hannah ended up carrying her much... Read more »

Autumn Dawning

Autumn Dawning Autumn arrived two weeks ago with little fanfare. Despite lovely warm days, the nights have been downright cold. Every morning this week I’ve sat in the car waiting for the defroster to melt the frost on the windshield, too lazy to dig out the ice scraper. While... Read more »

Beach Treasures

Beach Treasures October 1st. Hannah and I spent another afternoon combing the beach. Last week she was knee deep searching for pretty white rocks to use in some yet to be decided project. Her pockets were bulging, heavy with rocks that she had trouble keeping her shorts up. As you... Read more »

Tiny Island at Dusk

Tiny Island at Dusk After being away at a conference since Monday, it felt so good to be driving home on familiar roads. I always enjoy the view of this tiny island with Cadillac Mountain in the background. This evening found me and hopping out and snapping this... Read more »

Island in the Mist

Island in the Mist This little island in the mist caught my eye during today’s travels – 0ne of hundreds dotting the Maine coast. And the fading color of the marsh grasses almost more intense in browns and reds than lush summer green. From the same vantage point perched this... Read more »

A Girl and Her Dog

A Girl and Her Dog A hike with Hannah was the best possible way to end a week that didn’t seem as if was ever going to end. Despite the fact that I wanted nothing more than to nap the day away, Hannah and I took Gidget with us on a hike of the Hollingsworth Trail. We’ve... Read more »

A Field Transformed

A Field Transformed I’ve shared pictures of this field before. Here’s it is in June with the Lupine in bloom. The same field yesterday as the sun began to set. BikeMaine, a week-long cycling event chose our town for their last night along the Bold Coast of Maine. The myriad... Read more »


Shorebirds An entire summer has passed and I’ve just made my first outing to the beach. It’s not as if it’s far away. It’s just that life has been so busy for all of us, that we didn’t event think about until I needed to photograph Myrtle the Sea... Read more »

Chase’s Daily

Chase’s Daily Last summer I waxed poetic about the best grilled cheese I’d ever had. Today we returned to Chase’s Daily and the 90-minute drive on a gorgeous September day was worth it. Chase’s Daily is a busy little farm-to-table vegetarian restaurant located in... Read more »

On the Marsh Today

On the Marsh Today A lull between meetings today had me sitting on the edge of a marsh listening, watching and snapping pictures. Two herons scurried away as I settle in to watch. I feel as if it’s a gift each time I see a heron. They’re so ungainly, yet majestic at the same... Read more »

Beauty in the Ordinary

Beauty in the Ordinary Sometimes it’s the truly mundane that catches my eye. The other day, when I was wandering the Incredible Edible Milbridge Market Garden, I spied this absolutely stunning cabbage. Yup, a cabbage. Somewhat ordinary, but so beautiful in shape and color that I had... Read more »

An Evening on Pigeon Hill

An Evening on Pigeon Hill The last couple of days have been a little frazzling. My computer died on Wednesday. I knew it was on its way out, but didn’t anticipate having to replace it just now when I’ve got a couple of deadlines looming. Thankfully I had a good backup and... Read more »

Chasing Rainbows

Chasing Rainbows Hannah and I spied this rainbow when leaving an after work meeting tonight. Generally heading toward home, we followed the rainbow, looking for better views. You can just see the second rainbow here. And here, the clouds eclipse the colors. Perhaps the best shot of... Read more »

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