A Spring Wind

A cold front moved our unseasonably hot weather out of Maine. Friday was a pleasant 70°F with a dry air and a strong breeze. This wind enwraps and enraptures us, as if the spirit of spring is inviting us to laugh and dance with the trees. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Daylily—Edible Plants

Our daylilies are emerging. While the daylily (hemerocallis fulva) is known as a decorative plant, it is also edible. This time of year we eat the young shoots by stir frying them in soy sauce and serving them on tofu. We harvest the shoots when they are only a few inches long. The ones pictured here would be a little too old. Click on the image for a larger view.

Green

Our forest in July. After a long winter, it is hard to imagine the intensity of the canopy foliage. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Blue Jay in Winter

life_in_maine_bluebirdIt was a dark, snowy weekend. We had our usual visitors to our bird feeder: chickadees, junco, mourning doves, titmice, cardinals, and goldfinches. We usually do not have blue jays at our feeders, even though they are a common bird in Maine. These intelligent birds—they are a member of the crow family—have striking plumage in any season. If they were not so common, they would attract bird watchers from around the world. Click on the image for a larger view.

Gray and Overcast

life_in_maine_gray_and_overcastWe had a dark, wet weekend. Gray and overcast is not an infrequent forecast in fall. But the prediction does not do justice to the striking color remaining on the forest. Sadly, the foliage season is coming to an end. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Fruit of the Forest

life_in_maine_fruit_of_the_forestWhile not exactly edible, the falling foliage is the fruit of our forest. In the summer, it gives the gift of shade, in the fall, the gift of color. It then protects and feeds the ground. I am not sure of the fungus, yet another kind of fruit, but the green is a wilting lily of the valley. Click on the image for a larger view.

Fall 2016

life_in_maine_fall_2016The weather was a wet and overcast this weekend. Fairly typical for early fall. The photograph is of a red maple sapling in our field, which is trading its green for the rustic colors of fall. Click on the image for a larger view.

Last Light

white_mountains_last_lightMt. Webster being hidden by the shadows of Mt. Field and Mt. Willey at sunset in Crawford Notch State Park in New Hampshire. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Mountains

white_mountains_mountainsThe ridge line above Crawford Notch in Crawford Notch State Park in New Hampshire. Click on the image for a larger view.