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10-15-2015 Journal–Off to the Woods!   Leave a comment

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Well, it’s the Ides of October already. Winter will be on us shortly and most of our preparations has been completed already.  I decided to take a deep breath today and walk for an hour or so through the woods, specifically in a non-hunting area.  I’d prefer not to end up tied to the fender of some drunken hunter’s car who swears up and down I looked like a deer.

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The trees are beginning to turn colors and we’re just a couple of weeks from seeing them at their peak. I drove to an area just south of the Great Scarborough Marsh located adjacent to the Atlantic ocean.  Most of the birds have headed south already but I did notice a few egrets doing some serious feeding before their trip begins.

The milkweed pods have opened and are spreading seeds everywhere. Next year should be a good one for those plants and the Monarch butterflies that love them so much.

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The remaining birds are feasting on berries of all sorts.  This area is covered with all manner of them and that tends to keep the birds hanging around until the snow begins to fly.

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I returned home feeling a lot calmer and at ease. Communing with good old Mother Nature always has that effect on me.  One last thing for you today. The Disk Network Memorial Table that I’ve been yacking about for weeks has finally been completed . . .  thank God!

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It’s felt good to finally get something in return from a cable TV company other than just one more rate increase or surcharge.

THANKS DISH

09-23-2015 Journal–Snow, Sleet, & Ice!   Leave a comment

I always seem to be talking about Winter approaching these days and with good reason.  Winter in Maine lasts at least six months but it certainly seems longer. Just two weeks ago I was sleeping under a ceiling fan for eight hours a night because it was so damn hot and humid in the house. At the time I thought that miserable hot weather would never let up.  Let me tell you, it’s let up.

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‘Ahhhh Memories’

As of last night I’m convinced Winter is much closer than I thought. The last few nights we’ve  had temperatures in the low forties which are wreaking havoc on what remains of the garden.  I was reminded early this morning when the cold air in the room jolted me awake.  Last night was the first official #5 night for my electric blanket. Unless some sort of Indian Summer happens it could mean an early arrival of the season which includes an unwelcome amount of our favorite white stuff.

Fall is probably my second favorite season of the year after early Spring.  I love the vivid colors of the foliage just like every other photographer on the planet. Maine is already known for it’s beautiful scenery along the coast and inland in the forests and around the many lakes.  Throw in millions and millions of colorful leaves and it becomes for a short time an effing paradise.

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My cameras and lenses are cleaned and ready. My snowblower’ been taken out of mothballs, gassed up, and ready to go. All that’s left for me to do is the unpacking of my unfashionable and ugly winter clothing.  It’s almost impossible to look good wearing three layers of clothing, a hat, gloves, a scarf, and big clunky boots. . . and unfortunately I’m just talking about the women. The men look even worse as they let their beards grow out and suit up with their favorite snowmobiling outfit.  There’s nothing better than hanging around an ice fishing hut with a few of your buddies telling tall tales about fishing, hunting, and sexual prowess and guzzling as much  beer as you can drink.

The never-ending number of hunting seasons always irritates me a little.  There are times when entering the woods around here to take pictures can be a life threatening situation. If you not wearing bright red or fluorescent green you could easily be mistaken for a moose, a turkey, or even a cow.  It’s a little like Vietnam out there if you throw in a few cases of beer to make things interesting. Scary doesn’t even begin to cover it.

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As you can see from my remarks, I’m neither a hunter nor a fisherman. I’ve never been all that crazy about killing helpless animals with high powered weaponry and high tech fishing paraphernalia.  I prefer to do all of my shooting with a camera. I also hate the thought of eating wild game thanks to my father who insisted I try to eat a little of everything he ever shot. Yuck!

Time to Crank up the electric blanket and hunker down for another six months of snow, sleet, and ice.  I only hope I don’t slip and fall this year and break any additional bones. Trust me, it’s happened before.

10-11-14 Journal Entry-Miscellaneous Useless Information!   Leave a comment

It’s another cold and gray October day here in Maine.  It was a frigid night and this morning everything was covered with a heavy frost.  Since my better-half refuses to turn on the heat until later in the month I found it necessary last night to jack up my electric blanket to level six.  It keeps the bed nice and toasty but I also seem to wake up every few hours when I feel my face beginning to freeze.  I knew it was really cold in the house when the cat crawled into bed with me at 4 am and refused to leave.  Now that I’m fully awake and have had my first cup of coffee it’s time to mention a variety of items which could possibly bore you to tears.

Yesterday we attended the second birthday party for the better-half’s grandson.  It was a festive occasion for the family and friends who attended and we were surrounded by a gaggle of children who really were enjoying themselves. There were games for the kids, gift bags, and a pumpkin decorating session that was hilarious.  It was a great day for all of the kids and even for some of the adults.  I took over a hundred pictures that will need to be reviewed later today and that should keep me busy for a while.  I’ll only post this one which shows the aftermath.  The bigger the mess the better the party, right?

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After saying our goodbyes to the birthday boy we left the party and decided to take a short drive through the woods to find some decent fall foliage photos. The entire morning had been cloudy and gray but as we pulled out of the driveway the sun came shining through the clouds.  I’ll always wonder whether it would have gotten cloudy and gray once again if we’d have returned to the party.  I hate coincidents like that.  Here are a few of the photo’s from our ride.

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This is a rare picture of the seldom seen “Red Breasted Maine Moron”. That’s anyone who water skis in Maine in October.

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Now that Fall has officially arrived most of our outdoor activities will be curtailed through the Winter months. I’ve been posting journal entries for some months now documenting our Summer activities and it’s been a lot of fun.  Since I’m not a person who enjoys frolicking in the snow my future journal entries may be limited. No snowmobiling, no ice skating, no skiing, no bobsledding, no hunting, and no ice fishing pictures.  I think it’s time to return this blog to discussions of politics and politicians, trivia of all kinds, and the continuing criticisms of all things Hollywood.  The celebrities have gotten a Summer pass from me and I feel the need to lash out at them once again.

I’m also in the process of setting up a Twitter page for this blog and will begin publicizing my postings there as well. I may even consider returning to Facebook sometime soon. I feel completely reenergized after a great Summer and I’m ready for the mid-year elections and all that that entails.

09-25-2014 Journal Entry-Shopping Day!   Leave a comment

I’m not entirely sure how to handle all this beautiful weather. I suppose this is what used to be called an “Indian Summer”.  I don’t know why it’s so damn nice but I certainly intend to enjoy it.

The better-half and I decided to make a day of it after her early morning doctors appointment.  She received loads of good news about her health which put us both in a great mood.  As we were leaving the doctors office I had a brainstorm that was totally not something I would ever do. I spontaneously headed north from Portland to take her shopping in Freeport, Maine, known for it’s endless supply of outlet stores and L.L.Bean.

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Freeport is a place I’ve always tried to avoid but I figured what the hell.  I gave her control of our day and followed along like the good little boy that I am.  We visited a thrift shop and a number of ridiculous tourist traps looking at all things Moose.  Not only are the gifts a little lame the prices are ridiculous.  I remember a time when visiting outlets meant cheaper than normal prices and  it’s too bad that tradition has slowly faded away.

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We made the obligatory stop at L.L. Bean’s to look around a bit.  It’s quite the place to visit but if you intend to shop there bring lots of credit cards.  It’ll be a cold day in hell when I spend $90.00 for a pair of jeans or $350.00 for a plain brown leather bomber jacket.  Insanity from the front door all the way through the huge building. I decided not to spend any money there and just cruised around the buildings and grounds snapping a few pictures.

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As lunch time rolled around I was starving.  We stopped at a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant that specializes in seafood and chowder.  The better-half settled for clam chowder while I dug into a plate of fish & chips.  It was incredibly good and that lunch stop became the best part of our day.  We left feeling good and ready for a quick walk through town and then a long and leisurely ride home.

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The remainder of the day was kind of blah. The weather was sunny but the day was what could be called "in between".  The trees have started to change color but aren’t quite there yet for those vivid colors everyone loves.  While it’s sunny it’s also very chilly verging on uncomfortable. We’ll have to try this trip again in a few weeks when the foliage is worth photographing.  Her are a few blah photos from that ride home.

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Just another day here in paradise.  Hanging around waiting for the leaves to change and the snow to fly.