Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Crocuses are blooming!

The stump garden is lined with giant crocuses. 
They are the first bulbs to bloom in our yard in mid springtime. 
They come in a variety of colors and are so welcomed after the whiteness of winter.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Loon calling on Caesar Pond

I heard a loon calling on Caesar Pond this afternoon.

First Peepers heard on Caesar Pond

The first spring peepers were heard at Caesar Pond, this evening.

Friday, April 20, 2018

World's Largest Ice Carousel, Long Lake, Sinclair, Maine

What do you do when you live in the northern-most reaches of Maine? Well...you try for the world record of the largest ice carousel! Check out this video of the carousel being turned by 4 outboard engines! AWESOME;-)

Here is a video of the creation of the carousel. Lots of math goes into creating the perfect circle and the turning of the circle of ice.

Here is the Bangor Daily News article from April 7th.

Ice Out on Caesar Pond

Ice Out occurred this evening on Caesar Pond, just in time for me to get home from vacationing in Florida.
Looking north from the dock.
Looking south from the dock.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thin ice on Caesar Pond

Looking north from our deeded access.
I am getting so excited! The ice is thinning at a rapid rate, and I think the ice will be out by the time I return from my trip to Florida;-)
Looking south from our deeded access.
The open water edge of the shoreline is increasing.
North end of Caesar Pond (complete with 5 Canada geese!)
My neighbor told me that the north end of the pond was clear, so we headed down the road to the public access to check it out!
Trash next to shore of public access (and some trash in water)
While down at the public access, we saw that someone seemed to have emptied their truck bed of trash next to the shore. We promptly headed home to don gloves and get a huge trash bag. We then proceeded to clean up the boat launch and both sides of the road for about 0.3 mile. 
Our hauling route!
That trash bag was so big and full that we had to switch off hauling it down the road. I think we get the "Good Doobie" award for the day;-) Now all the trash that was covered by snow all winter long is cleaned up, and we are hoping that people will think twice about dumping trash (although I doubt it.) I wish that the Dept. of Fish and Game would put up a sign asking people to haul out what they bring in...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Stump garden covered by gravel

Yay, the snow is finally melting from around our house. Just a bit more to go!
I was bummed when looking closely at the stump garden, as this is the first sight I saw. Gravel everywhere! This is from the snow thrower and the plow.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Spring Melt begins

Check out this coming week's weather! Spring melt will begin in earnest with nighttime temps rising above freezing more often than not. Of course this transition will also bring us some freezing rain as well.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Frost Heave Season

A buddy of mine saw this sign on the side of the road indicating a frost heave!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Browntail Moth removal should start now

And...we live in the RED ZONE!

CLICK HERE for the Risk Map as of March 12, 2018.

Check out this Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry video on starting now to remove the browntail moth webs from trees on your property. Here is an article from the Maine Center For Disease Control and Prevention on the browntail moth.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Storm Total = 14.5" (We had 31.5" snow from two storms in 6 days)
10 am - one more inch of snow.
Snow table cleared at 7:40 am
7:30 am - 6 more inches of snow. = 13.5" total thus far.
It's still snowing, and we should get a few more inches before the storm ends. 
Snowy backyard

The snowy house

The snow is ganging up on us.

The snow covered wood that will warm us next year!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Winter Storm Skylar - Blizzard warning for 14 hours! + SNOW DAY # 8

9:30pm update: added a second inch = Total 7.5" thus far. Snowing hard.
8pm update: 1" new snow on table.
5pm update: 5.5" snow. Not much snow...Mostly wind. Snow table cleared.
4pm update: 5" snow.

This is going to be one slow moving storm! The snow will last from 9am today (Tuesday) through around 8am Thursday! Woweeeee;-) Ummm... we might end up with 2 snow days out of this storm!
...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 2 AM EDT WEDNESDAY... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, especially this afternoon and evening. Tree branches could fall as well. Total snow accumulations of 14 to 18 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts. * WHERE...The New Hampshire Seacoast. In Maine, Coastal York, Coastal Cumberland, and Sagadahoc Counties. * WHEN...From 11 AM this morning to 2 AM EDT Wednesday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Storm Map updated probable totals

Well, it looks like we might just get over a foot of snow from this storm! Check out the updated storm totals;-)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Next Nor'easter developing

Well...we might just get pummeled again on Tuesday! But, I am hazarding a guess that we'll have school if the storm rolls through late enough on Tuesday, and departs early Wednesday morning...;-0  We'll see if I am right!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Snow total thus far

We have received 89" of snow thus far this winter. We probably have a few more big storms left to come!


9" snow on the table at 9am...
Snow table got cleared at 9am and there was 9.5". Cleared it again at 3pm, and it had 6.5". Now, at 5:25pm, there is an additional inch. Total snowfall in our neck of the woods is 17", just shy of the predicted max of 18". I'd say the meteorologists were very accurate with this storm!

I am so bummed as I fractured my right arm, radius, last week and cannot shovel snow for the rest of winter / spring...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Winter Storm Snow prediction

Well, we are in for some snow tonight and tomorrow. Check it out! Here's hoping our snow thrower is up to the task as it has some issues of late... we are in the 10-18 inch range!

Monday, February 26, 2018

National Geographic - Hear Otherworldly Sounds of Skating on Thin Ice

Check out this awesome YouTube video by National Geographic:
Hear Otherworldly Sounds of Skating on Thin Ice

Skating on thin ice is generally not recommended, but this Swedish mathematician has it planned to the millimeter! Fascinating sounds and sights as you watch the ice crack and flex under his skates!

Also read the article, How Skating on Thin Ice Creates Laser-Like Sounds.

New ice photo taken Nov. 28, 2010
Fascinating! Now, I want to make sure I get out to the pond when the new ice forms next winter. Check out the cool pond ice photos I took in Dec., 2010!
Air bubbles in newly formed ice  Dec, 18, 2010 

Big air bubble in new ice - Dec 18, 2010
Air bubble starburst in new ice.  Dec, 18, 2010
Cracks lined with bubbles in new ice.  Dec, 18, 2010
And, yes, the ice was super smooth!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Snowy day

We got 3" of new snow today. Now, at 8:15 pm, it is spritzing liquid moisture!

Springs and thin ice on Caesar Pond

Now that the ice is thinning with warm weather, I feel it necessary to revisit a map that I made back in December, 2011 of the location of springs in Caesar Pond. These areas should be noted as the ice is thinner where water from springs wells up. These may not be all of the springs. Note the location of our house (labeled "Kasha's House".)

The pond is spring loaded, so to speak, and I wanted to map the springs that I saw. In order to do this, I had to be very cautious, because where there are springs, there is open water with very thin ice surrounding it. I tried to stay a maximum of 20 feet from shore, where possible. Unfortunately, I was not able to cross the north cove safely, and had to backtrack as you can see on the map. I traversed a total of 1.86 miles on the ice and had to go slowly in some places as I had to test the ice strength. Mind you, these are not all the springs in the pond, just the ones I could see, or know of. There are others located toward the middle as well. This is not something you want to do cavalierly…you must use caution.
I found one open water spring in the middle of the South Cove.
Note the dark colored and pithy ice surrounding the spring where there is open water.
It is a large spring, and you can tell where springs are by the darker colored ice that spreads out from the spring. The ice here is pithy and thin.

Now we go to the west side of the pond near the beaver lodge.
 There is one large spring between the lodge and the shoreline.

North end of pond perimeter.
From the west side of the pond, we now travel to the north end of the pond which is pockmarked with numerous springs.
North Cove spring # 1
This spring is located just in the open water outside of the north cove.
North cove spring # 1 is manhole cover sized!
North Cove spring # 2
North cove spring # 2 is located closer to the eastern shore, just outside the "entrance" to the north cove.
North Cove spring # 2
Here is a close-up of spring # 2.
This spring is just west of the tall pine tree in the south cove.
The other springs are located back into the boggy area of the north cove.

Drew drilled holes through the ice from shore toward the middle in Dec. 2011.
And, lastly, here is a photo to show you that the ice is usually thicker near shore and thinner as you go out toward the middle of the pond.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Foggy Popham Beach

Popham Beach, anytime of the year, is gorgeous. Today, the beach was enveloped in thick fog (and the temp. was 38F to begin our day and 50F upon leaving for home. We also took the hounds with us. See their post on Maine Nature Greyhounds.We made our way toward the surf zone through an elevated area where dune grasses were taking hold. 
This is exciting because most of the dunes were washed away over the years, and there hasn't been a buffer zone on the beach which has led to a great amount of inshore erosion.
With the Morse River regularly changing course, it is always a surprise to see the state of the beach at every visit. This section was particularly rough and windblown.
As we approached the edge of the ocean, I found the clearest view to be that of the sand surface as much of the rest of the landscape was otherwise obscured by fog!
The surf was gorgeous and almost sepia toned in the fog.
The waves pounded the shore, with a thudding percussion effect, which we could feel as they broke nearby.
We enjoyed seeing the foam as it preceded the rushing water. It reminded me of the scalloped lace hem of a wedding dress caressing the sand as it swished to and fro.
Over time, the fog began to lift and we could see the faint outline of Fox Island.
The spit of land that connects it to the beach was underwater, making the island inaccessible as we neared high tide later in the day.
With this being winter vacation, there were lots of children on the beach. These kids were quite amusing as they approached the water's edge. They were getting prepped to turn and run from the incoming waves.
And, run they did...laughing all the way! There is nothing more pleasant than hearing happy sounds of children mixed in with the sound of surf and wind.

I leave you with a photo of this broken sand dollar. Over time, it will fracture into smaller, and smaller pieces, gradually becoming one with the sand.