Saturday, January 05, 2008

Maine, Day #3

The great thing about Maine, and I'm sure most parts of the country are like this too, is that when it snows there, it really snows hard and heavy. But usually the next day the clouds leave and the skies open up and reveal a beautiful day. Here in Ohio, it is mostly gray all winter, so having bright, sunny, and snowy days in Maine was special.

So for day three in Maine, I woke up about 8:30 and peered out the window. The moon was still in the sky, but everything looked good for a wonderful day.



Megan had a cold, so I decided to head out on snowshoes to see what I could see at Little Pond.



Down the driveway and down into the balsam fir forest I went. American beech trees still cling to their leaves.



Snow shoeing was great fun, and it is quite a work out. It also helps you traverse through the 20 or so inches of snow on the ground fairly efficiently. I made my way through the forest, out to little pond road on the northwest end of the property. I followed the abandoned little pond road (it is still in the delorme atlas!) down to the bog of little pond. The typical hummocky micro-topgraphy really stood out well in the snow.



It was here where I had the please to watch and photograph a mature male pine grosbeak for about thirty minutes. It was feasting on the fruits of the shrubs in the bog.





Getting fairly tired and cold by this point, I decided to take a shortcut back to the house--through the bog and fen. It was tough, but as I made it out up onto solid ground, I was only a few minutes from the house. A nice paper birch caught my eye. This is one deciduous tree that is not native to Ohio, but at little pond, it is common.



On my way back to the house, I had to pass the feeding station. Why not try to get a few more shots of birds? I noticed a white pine branch above me. The light was magnificent, and every few minutes, a black-capped chickadee would land there before dropping down to the feeder. I metered carefully, used my ski pole for a monopod, and got lucky to get this shot.

13 comments:

  1. That last shot is nice, look like the bird's ready to take off into the big wide world!

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  2. WOw, those are such amazing Pine Grosbeak photos ! WOW I am so jealous and would have loved to seen these guys! Looks like a great day for sure!

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  3. What an incredibly beautiful day! YOur photos are amazing!

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  4. Thanks David!

    Thanks Tom, the pine grosbeak was very cool to see. At first, I thought I was looking at a scarlet tanager! But I knew that couldn't be right. These are so rare here in Ohio I'm glad that I had the opportunity to see one in Miane.

    Thank you Jennifer for your kind words.

    Tom

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  5. Terrific photos!!! Your Maine trip is such a treat. How I wish I could visit that state....someday it will happen.
    Keep up the great work :)

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  6. Thanks Chris,

    I hear Skybus is coming to Chicago (Gary Indiana actually) So it may be possible for you to fly from Gary to Columbus and then to Portsmouth NH for only $40.00 plus taxes!

    Skybus is the new ultra low airline that Megan and I take to Maine.

    Also, your watercolors has inspired me a bit. I set up a little art station and we'll see what I turn out! Stay tuned........

    Tom

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  7. Marvelous, marvelous photos and post!!! What fun you had.

    Hugs, JJ

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  8. Tom love the snow and the bird images are great.

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  9. Thank you Gale and JJ!

    Tom

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  10. Is that a star in the 1st photo? either way, great photos!

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  11. NYC Individual:

    It was actually the moon. It was early in the morning and it was still fairly high in the sky. I wish I was still in Maine. It is a wonderful place.

    Tom

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  12. Thanks Swamp Thing,

    You have a very cool blog yourself.

    Tom

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