Monday, August 30, 2010

Cooler on the Coast

... but even at that it was 91 leaving (H)Ellsworth today and then 86 as we left route one to head down our road, where it was finally 83. Cooler on the coast for sure, but still well over 90's in the sun, so I took Jen and Lynne out for a boat ride around Ironbound Island. Photo courtesy Jessica Lynne Witham. I'm the funny looking one.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bermuda Yacht Enters Flander's Bay

About 5 p.m. this afternoon a yacht flying the Bermuda Flag motored inot the bay and dropped anchor about 400 yards off Treasure Island. It is a beauty! At more than 100 feet long, the cabin space, the rigging and all the finish is just gorgeous. While it isn't a brand new boat, it is well-maintained and has all the newest electronics, including navigation satellite system and solid state radar. I took the whole family out on the speedboat and we got a closeup look at it then cruised along the shore down to Gouldsboro for a fun evening ride.

The last picture I took was off the mooring as I was putting the boat up and I got an osprey just diving for a fish. I had been casting my line out to see if there were any mackeral about and he had flown over to check on what I was doing. I thought for a moment that he was upset that I might have been after some of his fish!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Morgan and Dave

... (my niece and her fiance) came to visit Friday and stayed another night, so we went out on a boat ride this afternoon and had a great time looking at all the mansions on Hancock Point and the end of Lamoine. Anyway, here I'm posting pictures of Morgan and Dave taken in Sorrento Harbor.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Duck Rush

I know there must be a ton of fish here in the bay, as there have been so many ducks around all week and I can see "spotches" of rough water where the fish are breaking near the surface. I watched ducks fish as a group again this moring and then they got frightened by a rather large loon that must have felt his fishing space was being encroached upon. The picture is of the ducks as they were rushing towards the shore away from the loon. I saw a very large flock of them tonight out in the middle of the bay rushing in a similar manner, but looking as though they were actually chasing fish. What a beautiful world we live in!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ride on the Bike, Roadkill, and the Ring

So I felt pretty good this morning, it was a bit cooler, and I took my camera with me on my morning ride. It had been a while since I brought my camera, but as soon as I got into the garage with the bike I noticed the shadows on the floor and got a few good images.

The first thing I saw as I got onto Route 1 was a red squirrel smashed up pretty well. I've posted road kill before, but this one was pretty gross and I thought worth posting. The damage we do.

Yesterday I started a ring for Jen for our 39th anniversary (last weekend) and it is an extension of the work I have been doing with fused glass as I tried just piling up a few small bits of glass to see what they would fire like. I broke the smaller one trying to grind the back of it flat, but then I realized it was fine as it was, so I soldered a bezel together and then finished the ring today. She was pleased and I may do more as I liked the way it came out!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tomatoes Are Ripe

... and so we've been slicing and freezing as well as doing the sauce thing! The snails can't seem to break the skin on the tomatoes, but once into an open place they love to get in there and munch!

We also took Jennie out for some ice cream today, she really seems to like getting out and going for a little ride and loves "hamming" it up for my camera.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Leaving the Wilderness

On the West face of the large sculpture below, which is located just outside the Greenville Historical Society building is the following inscription:

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

In Wildness is the preservation of the World.
          ~ Henry David Thoreau

The last few days have been beautiful.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Moosehead Photos

On the Katahdin and out at Lily Bay for the sunset.

New Day at Moosehead

Boy! Quite a change for us in terms of weather as Jen had hoped it would be cooler today and it sure is! The wind is blowing and the day is overcast and the lake looks so different than it did yesterday. We are now discussing where to go and what to do this morning before we take the Katahdin trip around the lake at 12:30.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Chalet Moosehead

Here we are in Greenville at the Chalet Moosehead, so here's a few pictures. Wow! Can you actually believe they have wifi up here? I was/am amazed... now I can watch the Yankees play before I go to sleep!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

iPhone Photos

Dan and I worked on curriculum this morning at the Maine Grind in Ellsworth, and it was nice to have a relaxed atmosphere outside of school for that. I think we got some good groundwork done and will be more than ready for our next meeting.

I did some chores in the garden and such after getting home and then went out to the Sheldrake Bar to see Vern and Luke. All these photos are from the iPhone.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sandy and the Seven Webs

So this was the order of things as I went out to get the paper this morning. I was met by Sandy in the chair in the mud room with the sun shining brightly upon him and of course had to include a photo post of one of those shots.

But what really motivated me this morning were the spider webs in the field going up the driveway. There were dozens of them and as I started to photograph them I realized how unique each was in size and in structure, depending completely I suppose on the fields foundation. There is something about that structure and that "tunnel" that is metaphorical I am sure. Well, enough talk, here are the webs.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

39 Years Together

Today was Jen's and my wedding anniversary... thirty-nine years and counting. We went out to eat in Ellsworth and then to Cadillac Mountain, where it was very "cloudy", which we saw as we were heading through Trenton, but it was an exciting ride to the top (I always love it) and seeing everything looking down through the clouds was different. Photos below, and just missed the great sunlight on the way up, but I've chosen a few of the ones I liked the best.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Mowed the fields and now I'm making haystacks... did a journal entry tonight "Woman in a Haystack", and thinking it may work into a series.

I also had some very overexposed images so played with them a bit in photoshop, maybe overdid it?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Morning Dew

Early rising and get the good shots. Everything was dew covered and it remionded me of being a kid and caddy at the golf course in Winter Harbor and going out early to "whip" the greens with a long piece of bamboo to remove (or as I think about it now simply to knock down) the dew on the greens so that they would dry faster and wouldn't slow down the putts that the early morning golfers took.

It is a beautiful world we live in.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Schoodic Loop and Watering the Corn

OK, so today was another good one, I got up fairly early as the girls were up to go to a job interview for Lynne in Bangor, and I went out while it was still cool and picked a bunch of blueberries. After the berries were in the fridge, I gathered my empty gas cans ("free" two year old gas from my brother out of a boat he is repairing) and threw my bike into the back of the truck and headed to Winter Harbor to ride the "park loop".

Always an enjoyable ride and a great workout when I push, the loop road is mostly one way traffic and full of sights to see, that even though I roamed those grounds and shores as a kid, continue to amaze and interest me. I will leave out the "typical" shots of scenery and tourists to pay tribute to two artists whose work I find inspiring and to document the injured eagle I spied in the bog on the left just before leaving the park. The artists are Syd Browne and Alan Magee. Syd was an artist in Winter Harbor when I was growing up and he loved to paint with a palette knife the ledges along Schoodic Point. Alan Magee you should get when you see it as his trademark work is beach rocks. The other image is one that I think just has the feel of the ocean and the water rushing forward with the tide, like one is "getting wet".

And then finally, Jen had bemoaned the fact that "her" garden (and it is hers as she has done a lions share of getting and keeping it cleaned out and productive) has gotten so dry the past few days, so I gathered up all the hose I could find and ran a line back up and watered it before supper. The corn is huge and full of ears!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bait Bags & Hay...

...that's all I have to say!