Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Hi!
It was a beautiful morning to clean up some fresh snow. The sky was a bright blue and the sun was finally appearing after a long Nor'easter storm. One of my favorite things is to be outside after a snow storm. The air is so fresh and the birds were very active enjoying my homemade suet. I'll need to make more soon!

It's also a perfect way to get ready for the Winter Solstice on Dec 21. The Yuletide season is here and having all this snow creates a beautiful view while celebrating.

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!!


A Pileated Woodpecker and a Gray Squirrel together in a White Pine.



Bird tracks next to the house, probably a Blue Jay.


A Snowshoe Hare ran through the yard.







Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Camping and a Pow Wow

Hi!
What a weekend we had...relaxing, great food, beer, games and a celebration at a Pow Wow. This Pow Wow was presented by the Abenaki tribe. There were vendors, dancing and a feeling of peace. I'm not sure if I have Native American in my family, but I know my heart connects to Mother Earth. The lessons to be learned are so valuable in today's world. Listen, learn and think...

Here are some photos I took of the amazing dancers. Everyone had a wonderful time and I was so happy to be a part of it..even if I was outside the circle.

Take care!























National Wolf Awareness Week October 12-18th, 2014

Hi!
This is Wolf Awareness Week, October 12-18
This week is a great opportunity to learn more about this animal that is a vital part of the ecosystem. I had an opportunity to work with rescued Wolves and some Wolf-dogs. They are all a combination of wild spirit, instinct and love. I learned a lot from them and Thank these amazing animals for letting me share a part of their world.

Take care!!

Here are some Wolf facts:

Wolves play a key role in keeping ecosystems healthy. They help keep deer and elk populations in check, which can benefit many other plant and animal species. The carcasses of their prey also help to redistribute nutrients and provide food for other wildlife species, like grizzly bears and scavengers. Scientists are just beginning to fully understand the positive ripple effects that wolves have on ecosystems.

Diet

Wolves eat ungulates, or large hoofed mammals, like elk, deer, moose and caribou, as well as beaver, rabbits and other small prey. Wolves are also scavengers and often eat animals that have died due to other causes.

Population


Wolves have unique howls, like fingerprints, that scientists (and other pack members) can use to tell them apart.
There are an estimated 7,000 to 11,200 gray wolves in Alaska, 3,700 in the Great Lakes region and 1,675 in the Northern Rockies.









Sunday, September 21, 2014

Loons

Hi,
This past camping trip we were able to hear the Loons' haunting cry but never had a chance to see them. Here are some interesting facts about these beautiful birds.

The Common Loon here in Maine is a beautiful, large bird. 
Here are some facts:
1. There are five species of loon, but the one most common in New England is the common loon. 
2. Normally nesting along the shores of the many lakes and ponds of New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, as well as the eastern Canadian provinces. 
3. When the chicks hatch (usually around July 4th in New England), they immediately make their way to the nearby water
4. The adults now take on the substantial challenge of feeding the babies and themselves - diving for 30 to 50 seconds at a time, catching fish, and feeding them directly to the chicks. 
5. Chicks stay very close to the parents for the first three weeks, and respond immediately to calls warning of birds (or airplanes) flying overhead by scrambling under an adult's wing. 
6. The chicks grow very rapidly and are nearly the size of the adults within four to six weeks. They also begin to demonstrate independence, seeking their own food, diving, and exercising their wing muscles. 
7. Loons are large birds, with wing spans approaching four feet, but they are also relatively heavy birds so the large wings are essential. They are extremely efficient diving birds, and their legs are set well back on the body, which aids in propulsion in the water but makes navigating on land nearly impossible. 
8.  Loons typically produce two eggs each year. Incubation takes about 28 days, and the parents share the nest duty equally.
To see Loons in the wild is the best way to appreciate their beauty, size and amazing parenting skils....

The photos and video were taken at Granger pond...

Take care!




video






Camping and celebrating!

Hi!
Where did the Summer go? I hoped to post more but the days have just flown by. Now with my favorite seasons on the way I can post more.
This past weekend was spent with nature and relaxing. The plan was to not work, which is something I have a very difficult time doing. Especially now being self-employed!
So the weekend was filled with campfires, hiking, great food (some cooked on the campfire), different beers and an awesome Italian wine. The weather was chilly and perfect!
This was one of the best birthdays I have had...all Thanks to some awesome friends!!


Happy Autumn and take care!















Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer is here...

Hi!
The official beginning of summer is on the 21st. I love this time of year to grow flowers, herbs and tomatoes. But my irish blood can never get used to the heat...
Tonight I watered all my plants on the deck, someday I will have a huge garden, but for now, this will do. I wanted to share the beautiful colors...here are some photos. It's a wonderful evening.
Take care and Happy Summer Solstice!