Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1: Beth's Farmstand

Rows of chrysanthemums,
last of the blueberries,
first of the apples.

August 31: Boot Head Preserve

On the final day of our birding tour in Down East Maine, we visited Maine Coast Heritage Trust's Boot Head Preserve in Lubec, which features a bog, moss-carpeted forest, a dramatic coastline, ripe berries along the trails, and birds--including the elusive Boreal Chickadee.

Hiking Boot Head Trail--
pulled forward by unseen birds,
distant surf, foghorn.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

August 30: Shorebirds

Birded this morning at Lubec Flats, looking for shorebirds on the exposed beach at low tide.
 
Sandpipers panic
as the falcon sweeps past.
Heart-shaped beach stone.

Friday, August 29, 2014

August 29: Riptides

The tides of Cobscook Bay in Down East Maine are big and ferocious, punctuated by a boiling mass of whirlpools called the Old Sow. Gulls feed in a frenzy here as the churning waters swirl fresh food through the bay.

Old Sow boils over
Appetites of tides, gulls
We want to see it all

August 28: Jasper Beach

Jasper Beach--
running down heaps of stones
sea-worn, a kid again.
Now I cast a long shadow.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 27: Sweet summer perfume of hay-scented ferns

Long holiday weekend--
as I leave the office
sweet perfume of ferns.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 26: 13 Crows

Neighborhood gang--
flock of thirteen crows
checking out the new home site.