Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rain update

Wowee! We got a whopping 4.3" of rain overnight.  We were only predicted to get 0.25 inches, so we got very lucky!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Rain in Maine

We have had so little rain this summer and autumn, that we are in a serious drought. But, this afternoon through tomorrow evening, we are getting rain, wonderful rain. Right now, it is downpouring. At 10:40 pm, we have received just over an inch of rain, and it is so nice and warm outside, at 63F. After this lovely rain ends, we are to get high winds. So, this seems to spell the end of the colorful part of autumn. There should be a gazillion leaves plastered to the ground after this storm is over.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Leaf Peeping Update

This has been an amazing autumn for leaf color change, and the outdoor scenery is still brilliantly colored as far as we can see. The entire state is past peak as far as the foliage is concerned, but the colors are still hanging on.

The Maine Fall Foliage Report states that,
 "Without a doubt, 2016 will go down in the record books as being one of the most colorful fall foliage seasons as seen in the past seven years. It was apparent that the entire state reached peak or near-peak conditions in early to mid-October and the colors were spectacular and long lasting, according to Gale Ross, fall foliage spokesperson.?"
And we totally agree. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Autumn on Caesar Pond (and beaver activity)

During my pond prowl, I saw more beaver activity than I have ever seen in the 16 years we have lived here. There was a tremendous amount of tail slapping (unfortunately I never did catch any of it on video.) I thought that the beavers might do this to defend their territory from each other, but I haven't found any evidence of it other than to warn each other of an intruder. I was causing quite a stir on the pond (being the only "intruder" out there) because, of the four beavers that I saw, three of them tail slapped quite often. Fun!

There are three active beaver lodges, and I'll bet that the inhabitants are probably all descended from each other. I have no idea how many beavers there actually are, but this is also a record number of lodges. I would imagine that there will be traps laid this winter to lessen the population. If there are too many beavers, they will start moving further inland in search of food, and may start taking down trees in our yards.

A late autumn afternoon on Caesar Pond

I just had to get out on the boat this afternoon. The temperature was in the low 70's, the air was dry, and there was a slight breeze. All in all, it was absolutely lovely out on the water. I used my 70mm-200mm lens on this trip, and began my photo session as close to shore as I could be to still get a view down the entire eastern shoreline. More of the focus was on the trees closest to me.
Then, I let the wind push me further back toward the south shore, and out from the shore a bit. This gave me a slightly different perspective, of the trees, as the pine branches reach out over the pond more in this view. I like this added texture to the photo.
I motored toward the middle of the pond and shot straight at the eastern shore. The sun had lowered a bit and the light really brought out the vibrance of the colors. I chose this shot due to the contrast of the broken pine tree backed by vibrant maples.
This land used to be pasture before the pond was created. This is an old rock wall that cuts up to the road. This little section of the pond reminded me of Colorado in autumn, with the range of colors from yellow to brown.
I continued motoring to the north cove and was delighted by this view as the wind was calming down. Brilliantly colored reflections were starting to appear on the water's surface.
The center tree is one of my favorite maples on the shoreline surrounding the pond. The tree to the left of it has it's bark covered with lichens, and is like a bright, white beacon calling me over for a brief inspection.
I am happy to see that this tree, with it's duck box, has remained standing for so long. I have been photographing it seasonally, during autumn, for 15 years! The tree will eventually fall, but until then I will enjoy its stark beauty.

The Woman in the Wood

(Click on the photo for a larger view.)
Art takes many forms. Natural art is incredibly imaginative. Drew found this piece of art on one of his walks with the dogs. This weathered woman is gorgeous with her wavy bangs, acorn-brown eyes, brilliant "flowers" tucked behind her ear, and a brown "feather" to complete her dignified, yet fanciful look.
Here is a side view of our aged woman.
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What else do you see in this piece of art? Look to the left of the woman. Some leaves have been artfully stacked, as have the smooth, weathered rocks. What is the artist trying to convey? We'll leave that to your imagination.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

First "Freeze Warning" of the season

The first freeze warning of the season is upon us...but it doesn't seem that cold outside! We didn't get any frost, but as we topped the hill, we saw frost everywhere. Luckily for us, the pond moderates the temperatures for us. Today's temp. will rise to 54F under a partly sunny sky.