Along the Natchez Trace

Saturday, August 26, 2017

From Maine to Texas in One Sitting....

I've gotten a couple of messages lately wondering if we're still alive and kicking....  so thought I'd put together a post to let y'all know that we certainly are.

Since I've slacked off on blogging, I'll quickly recap the summer...  We arrived at Aroostook NWR near Limestone, Maine on May 21.  It was a cooler and wetter summer than any we've had there before, but that didn't stop Bill from playing on the big toys.  I did some mowing this year, but a local volunteer who works year-round has found his niche mowing and maintaining the trails, so I just mowed around the visitor center and the maintenance shop.  That took only one day a week, so I worked the visitor center at least 3 days a week.  We both kept busy and the time just flew by.

Of course I spent a lot of time roaming around the refuge with cameras in hand.  Below are my favorite photos of this summer.  Some are favorites because of the critters, but a few are just because they kind of remind me of the "essence" of our time there....

 Mama Bear and her triplet cubs...  watching me as I'm watching them on a foggy morning.

 A young bear watching me take his photo

 Mama Moose with her twin calves....  at the edge of the lake.

 Bill taking a break from work.  He spent many hours digging up old culvert and making a gentle slope out of a steep hill.

 Did I mention we had a lot of rain?  There are even hail stones coming down here.

 One of the Cedar Waxwings that like to hang out over the lake.

 Another shot of Mama Moose and her twins...  Early morning with dew and fog...

 Not the clearest shot, but I caught this Yellow-rumped Warbler stretching to reach a morsel on this spruce tree.

 Here's lookin' at ya, baby...

 Bucky Beaver Pond...  early morning reflections.

 An Eastern Kingbird with a dragonfly...

 More landscaping...  

 A Tiger Swallowtail on a flower.  (I can't remember what)

 We had several porcupine sightings...  a couple of times one wandered right through out yard.

And what would a summer be without at least one sighting of a skunk?  

 The Lupines were gorgeous this year!

 A Mama Moose with her calf....  another early morning shot.

 Mama Merganser with a whole herd of young'uns.

 Another bear checking me out...

 A loon on the lake....  I'm still hoping that someday a pair will nest there.

Bill and Kirk discussing refuge issues... sitting in the visitor center.  Note that there is a jigsaw puzzle set up here.  Lots of our visitors will stop and try to fit in a piece or two while browsing through the exhibits.  Sometimes folks who don't feel like hiking the nature trail will hang out and work on the puzzle while their family goes hiking.

 This young bear found my bird feeders one day....  he knocked down the hummingbird feeder and the sugar water just coated him.  He sat down to lick it off.  I chased him off before he did more damage.

 I thought I had a scratch on my camera lens.  See the spider web on the lichen at he end of this twig the Kingfisher is sitting on?

 Another early morning, very foggy shot of Mama moose and her twins.

 Kirk erected this stand for an eagle nest years ago.  While this guy does stop by and sit there for a while, so far there's been no takers to build a nest.  Maybe one of these days...

 Yellow Lady Slipper....  I know a couple very special places to look for these and am never disappointed.  They are gorgeous!

One of my favorites...  that Great Blue Heron fits right in with those old weather-beaten trees .

We left Maine on August 13...  headed to NY to visit our daughter and family, then on to Ohio where our son and my sister live.  We were there just a few days then on August 21, headed to Texas.  We were going to leave the day before until we realized that we'd be very close to Nashville around 2pm on Monday and we didn't want to deal with that eclipse traffic.

We did see a partial eclipse...

I took this from the RV window (no filters, no special settings) as we were heading down the interstate.  Not sure what that crescent is above the sun...   but I think this is a good time to end this blog.

We're got to our daughter in Texas' house yesterday and will be here for about a month before heading on to Mexico.  I just might get ambitious and get another blog together before then.  

That's All For Today!


  1. Great photos! Hope you're not getting rained on too much in Texas!

  2. Hello, Sharon. The first bear picture and the last heron are show stoppers. Loved all between, too. Have a great time visiting in Texas; see you in Mexico.

  3. Great wildlife pictures, even if a few are a bit stinky:)

  4. Your photos are fantastic. I just kept staring at them. I love them.
    Glad you made it to TX safely. We will be headed that way in Oct. A bit later than normal for us. Enjoy your visit with your daughter.

  5. Great pictures and glad you are both Safe and Sound. Looking forward to reading about more of your adventures.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  6. Glad to see your posting. It has be awhile. Love your pictures, especially the first one. Beautiful.

  7. So nice to finally hear from you again, we have been wondering what was up with you guys. Love your amazing photos, thanks for sharing. Enjoy your time at your daughter's and just know you will enjoy Mexico like you always do.

  8. So very glad to see this post and all those gorgeous wildlife photos!

  9. I wondered if you decided to give up blogging. Some of these photos fabulous, including the heron, which is a terrific photo. but the moose in the fog, the bear photo at the beginning, the moose and her twin calves in the pond, love those! That is one wet looking skunk! I am trying to picture you chasing off that free loading sugar water drenched bear!

  10. Great photos. Love the one of the bears in the fog.

  11. Outstanding photos!!! You have certainly had a wonderful summer with plenty of wildlife to photograph!! How close were you to those bears??
    Enjoy your time in Texas!! Hopefully you are not in the area hit by Harvey!!

  12. Wow! You see a lot of wildlife! I'm looking forward to blogs from Mexico. Glad to see you blogging again!

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  14. Wondered how you were doing... seems forever since I saw anything , usually pick u up from Al's blog.... glad all ok and you had a great summer. Love the wonderful pictures. Can't wait to see Mexico and your cute little property there.... Have a wonderful time and visit with family in Texas!

  15. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing the photos. I've been a lurker for quite a while - used to live in Marietta, OH and got to you through Julie Zickefoose's blog. Your blog has been a great find. Years before Marietta, I worked in DC with a USDA man from Aroostook County. He and his family really missed Maine and returned within 2 years. I can see why. You lead a very interesting life and lifestyle. I appreciate travelling through you. Kim in PA

  16. Fantastic photos. I sure hope you have a good long range telephoto for those bear and moose photos!

  17. Well, darn, for those of us stuck in one place it sure would be nice to get an update from Lo de Marcos soon. Hope all is well at your lovely casita.

  18. Sure hope you continue your blog because I just love it. Especially when you are in Mexico!!!! Have really missed your blog.

  19. Another voice hoping that we will soon hear from Lo de Marcos. Your description of village happenings and improving your home there was fun reading. Yes, we miss you.

  20. Amazing photography Sharon! It would be hard to pick a favorite...

  21. I hope all is well with you. I do wish for a blog update as I enjoy reading about your goings on.

  22. Am missing reading your posts. Have appreciated your time and effort over the years and seeing what life was like in Mexico was great. Hope all is well in your world. Kind regards, Kim in PA

  23. Have missed your time in Mexico at your little house and the neighbors, hope all is well!!

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