A Farewell to Maine

Naomi and I have had a great adventure in Maine for the last ten years. Much of what we have done and experienced can be seen in this blog. But Hakusan Creation and our adventures are not ending. We are moving on to new places and projects. Please come back to see what we are doing. Thank you for joining us on this journey.

Forest Fern

Last evening I took a walk through our forest. The last rays of sunlight were still penetrating the forest canopy, at least for just a minute or two. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Islands of Light, Islands of Life

In visible light, seaweed is dark, like the rock it inhabits. But in the near infrared, seaweed appears white. Water absorbs that same infrared, making the rocks and islands above its surface glow. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Pioneers

We have a line our young beach and birch trees that are pioneering our field. When we first moved to Maine, our field had been kept cut. We stopped that practice. One benefit was the blackberry briers that sprouted. The other was to watch the forest reclaim the land. This image was taken in the near infrared, which gives the foliage its radiant appearance. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Idyllic Summer

Cobbosseecontee stream meanders through our neighborhood. If there is a quintessential image of summer in Maine, this might be it. This is not a wilderness. Homes can be found throughout this landscape. Interstate 95, the main highway through Maine, also crosses this stream not far from here. Augusta, the State capital, is about ten minutes away. The only people coming to this spot would be local kids taking a later afternoon swim, anglers putting in boats to go fishing, or a neighborhood couple returning from walking their dog to take in the view. Click on the image for a larger view.

Blue Spruce—Edible Plants

Blue spruce, picea pungens, is native to the Rocky Mountains, but can be found as ornamental trees throughout the United States. The young shoots can be used to make tea high in vitamin C. This bitter, resinous drink is surprisingly refreshing, although it is not uncommon for people to add a sweetener. Click on the image for a larger view.

Earth’s Endless Effort

Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

—Rabindranath Tagore

Spring Ablaze

This weekend was beautiful. The spring foliage is almost complete. Fern carpets our forest floor. When viewed in near infrared, this new world is incandescent. Click on the image for a larger view.