September in Maine – Day One

The thought of seven hours in the car seemed daunting in the early hours that Thursday morning. But as I watched the fog burn off and the blue sky emerge time passed swiftly as did the trees and buildings outside the car window. As we crossed the border between New Hampshire and Maine familiar vignettes appeared.  Memories long placed on dusty shelves in my mind were now retrieved  and brought into the light of day.

That first glimpse of the ocean made every molecule of my being dance. After meeting our most gracious host and checking into Haven by the Sea

I walked, almost floated, to the sea’s edge.  Here is what I saw that first day…

Homes beachside, Wells Maine
Homes beachside, Wells Maine
Plover, Shore birds on the beach, Wells Maine
Plovers amongst the rocks on the beach at Wells
Seaweeds Weeds, Maine
Various sea plants and weeds Wells, Maine
Periwinkles on rocks, Wells, Maine
Periwinkle shells on rocks, Wells Maine
Kelp Wells, Maine
Kelp, Wells, Maine
Semipalmated sandpiper Wells, Maine
Semipalmated sandpiper Reflection
Semipalmated sandpiper Wells, Maine
Semipalmated sandpiper Wells, Maine
Homes beachside Wells, Maine
Homes beachside, Wells, Maine
Seaweed on periwinkle Wells, Maine
Seaweed on periwinkle Wells, Maine

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Spectacular Spiders

A Halloween harbinger 

Spinning a web in darkness

Silken strands 

Caught in my hair

orb spider web

Orb spider

Orb spider in black and white

Spider in barn

Spider

Spider web with dew

Spiders in a garage Austin Texas

___Happy Halloween     Happy Halloween       Happy Halloween       Happy Halloween ___ 

Abandoned 

I’ve walked past this farm more than a hundred times…

abandoned barn

Corner stones of the barnDuring those early walks when I  looked inside the abandoned barn I could clearly see chairs and broken piping

Barn on Meadow Road

Abandoned barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now all I see is the Earth taking back what was once hers.

Poiaon ive and grape vines overtake the wooden barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I watch as the barn is slowly being consumed by vines of grape and poison ivy

Barn wall

and wonder how long it will be until this place is no longer exists even in memories…

Abandoned barn on Meadow

 

Upper window of the barn


 

A Walk Beyond the Garden

The garden has become familiar.

I know it’s rock walls, the plants who have made it their home.

I’ve shared it’s life, death and rebirth cycles.

Today I walked beyond it’s boundaries and this is what I saw…

A local CSA, Terra Fauna, had planted a plot of Indian corn. Neighbors respect one another and the corn is waiting to be harvested.

Further down the road is the sheep farm. Lambs born this past February and March reach out for freshly cut hay.

Across the street, next to the homestead,

a cow rests in the barn.

Scattered around the property are remnants of farm implements.

Continuing on I pass the silos of a dairy farm. They and the milk tank are all that remain of a once vibrant local industry.

As I make the turn onto Hillside I look back upon  the dairy  farm

and pass homes decorated for Halloween.

My last turn onto Valley View brings my home into view. Once again I will work in the gardens and continue to co-create with Gaia. 

 

Other Side of the Stream

A ribbon of water only inches deep separates a quaffed garden from Gaia’s wild unkempt landscape.  Hidden amongst logs, within towering trees and in secluded glens her children live out their lives often unseen by human eyes.  But today the veil was lifted and for a moment in time I was invited in… Whitetail deer

Whitetail deer

Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel

Red fox

Red fox

Red fox

Red fox

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty in the Details

Look closely and see what is often overlooked…

Three simple eyes that guide a bee to its nest

Five eyes of a  Carpenter bee
Five eyes of a Carpenter bee

Feet with suction cups that allow security when holding tightly to a leaf

Caterillar on goldenrod leaf
Caterpillar on goldenrod leaf

A discarded skin that nourishes the body

Black swallowtail caterpillar
Black swallowtail caterpillar eating its shed skin

A covering that allows flight

Feathers of a Mourning dove
Feathers of a Mourning dove

Hundreds of individual petals that make up a whole

Colorful mums

Sweeping vistas may be astounding but let us never ignore the beauty in the often overlooked 

Acorns

4:02 PM

The droning of insects  reverberates throughout my body

Katydid
Katydid at night

It begins with a subtle vibration on my ear drum which slowly permeates ever fiber of my being

Perhaps their songs are louder today as they instinctually know the world is in balance.

Twelve hours of light – twelve hours of darkness

Setting sun in Maine
A setting sun

Gaia is readying her children for what is to come

Ant at work
Ant at work

Birds of all sizes and colors join in the chorus as they search the fields and trees for seed and nut

Chipping sparrow
Chipping sparrow in Norway spruce

Creatures who hug the earth are ever vigilant

Eastern Garter snake
Eastern Garter snake in the vegetable garden

As a kaleidoscope changes so does the landscape

The autumn flower garden
The autumn flower garden

Shades of green gives way to a patchwork of gold, orange and red

Estuary in Maine
Estuary in Maine

Autumn is upon us, there is still work to be done by all…

Gourds
Harvest of gourds