Sunday, January 07, 2007


Megan and I are back in Ohio. We have been at our house for not quite yet a full week after visiting Megan's parents in Otisfield Maine. The trip was quiet and relaxing. I actually found myself rather bored. Why? I missed seeing people and the the stuff that we have created. Megan's parents live in a beautiful log home that sits on a 26 acre private pond. There house and pond are surrounded by young conifers. But you can be there without seeing any sign of people other than those that are staying at the house. You can not see the road. You can not see cars zipping down the road. You can not see any other homes.

Here are a few shots from our New Year's visit.

Here we are at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park. This small area sits at the end of a peninsula jutting out into Casco Bay known as Wolfe's neck and is within 10 minutes of downtown Freeport. We visited here after our shopping trip to the L.L. Bean's flagship store. Megan's mom had warned us to look out for "rouge waves" if we did venture out to Wolfe's neck. Upon arriving at the shore, the waters of the estuary were about as calm as they could be! We got a big laugh out of her warning, but I hear that one or two people die each in Maine year from being washed into the sea by an unexpected large wave. What made this trip so nice was the diversity of habitats packed into this small little park. Coniferous forest, ledges, rocky coast, estuary, a beautiful sunset (at 4:30 in the afternoon!), and frigid temperatures. Yes, I had to fly to Maine, but I finally found winter.

The focal point of Megan's parents property, at least the natural focal point, is Little Pond. At 26 acres, most people in Ohio would consider this natural water body a lake, but in Maine, it barely makes pond status. Here you see Megan's brother Ben, and his girlfriend Rachel. About three inches of snow fell the day that I shot this photo, and the pond was frozen, but the ice was still to weak for us to walk on. Ben and Rachel stayed on the dock. Notice the conifers in the distance. Black spruce grow on the bog mat around the pond and in this photo look like perfect snow covered Christmas trees. Further, forming the dense wall of conifers are white pines, the state tree of Maine.


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