Saturday, October 3, 2015

Chilly Autumn Temps

You know we are progressing into Autumn when the nighttime temps begin to drop. This morning, it is around 40F outdoors (and indoors, the temp is 64.9F...Brrr....) But, the daytime highs are still balmy from the mid-50's to the mid-60s. The sun is still tracking high enough in the sky to give us strong heat on a sunny day, but the breeze and shady areas are cool. 

This is the time of year when you bundle up in layers so as to shed some clothing when in the sun, only to put them on a few minutes later when entering the shade. And, this transition toward winter leaves us desiring a nice, toasty wood fire, but settling for a fast walk on the elliptical with a weight-lifting session thrown in for self-warming. 

There is no way we are turning on the indoor heat or cranking up the wood stove until November! At least, that is the plan. Whether we stick to it, only time will tell;-) The reason is that we don't want to "waste" the wood as most of it was hand-chopped by Drew, and that was a lot of effort. We'll use it when the outdoor temps tank.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Colorful Wetland

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This wetland is off Academy Road, in Bowdoin. Drew was walking the dogs and was taken aback by the beauty of this area. As you can see, there are lots of young maples, both sugar and red, lighting up the landscape with their brilliance.

Autumn Begins in Maine

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The trees, they are a changin' rather rapidly, it seems. Each day brings a few more leaves morphing from green to yellow, red, and orange. Some days it feels as if we are part of a kaleidoscope with colors blending together and changing shape as our car races past the landscape. We are reminded that we must enjoy it while it lasts, as our favorite season is very fleeting...

Turkey Trot

A rafter of turkeys dashes across the road on the way to school.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Post Storm Whirlpool

Yesterday's gully washer created a whirlpool draining a low area on Academy Rd.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

'Twas a Gusher of a Day

My, oh my... we got 5.5" of rain over a 22 hour period. I think this is a record rainfall for us in the 15 years we have lived in Maine. There was the normal flooding in the normal places, as waterways were running high. We didn't dare drive out to Hicks-Small Cemetery to check out the old County Rd., but we know it has to be washed out. Maybe we'll swing by tomorrow.
We did walk over to the dock to see if it was underwater, and indeed it was, but only partially, with waves lapping up over the lip of it.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lunar Eclipse Equipment 1 of 2 posts

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I used my biggest lens (a Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 lens), that I have named "The Beast." I know, a 500mm lens is tiny compared to what the pros use, but it fits my purposes and doesn't overtax my wallet;-) 

I set "The Beast" atop a Slik Pro 700DX tripod (that gives me great stability which is necessary when shooting the night sky.) Note that Drew extended the center column, above the tripod, due to the sharp angle that the camera had to be situated at to get the moon in view. This lessened the amount of neck pain that I had when trying to look through the view finder. 

You can also see a cord hanging down from the left side of the camera. I had attached a remote shutter release to reduce camera shake when depressing the shutter button. Camera movement translates to blurry photos when taking longer exposures.
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Here is a shot of the back panel of the camera as it is angled to capture the moon. Do you see the moon out beyond the lens? You can actually see the left side of it slowly being enveloped by Earth's shadow.
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I took some selfies while outside, and found that one of them showed the moon on the back panel. Fun!

Whoo Hooo... This is my 100th post on the new version of Maine Nature Diary (hosted by Blogger!) Let's hope for thousands more;-)