Friday, May 26, 2017

May 26: Sora

Out on the island
car alarm cries
of a rail in the marsh.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 25: Singing in the rain

spring rain
catbird singing loudly
through the open window

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 24: Framing

Trying to get the mountain
in the same shot
as the apple tree.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 23: Bounty

Warblers singing.
The crabapple has never
bloomed so well.

Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22: Lawn

Lawn full of violets.
I won't mow you

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 21: Last night on the island

Tolling of the bell buoy,
night cries of gulls.
Waiting to fall asleep.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20: Scene

daylit crescent moon
cherry blossoms in sunlight
could I be happier?

Friday, May 19, 2017

May 19: Offshore breeze

On the island
blown by the wind--
leaf or a hummingbird?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 18: Spring fever

First hot day--
office door wide open
to birdsong (and one wasp)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17: Anniversary

on our walk in the woods
he finds a garter snake.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 16: Water view

Up on the mountain
glimpse of the lake
through screen of new leaves.

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15: Reid State Park

Tracks in the sand--
following two deer
into the dunes.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 14: Mother's Day

Budding forget-me-nots
I worry about them
under all this rain

Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 13: Vesper Hill

Visiting the outdoor chapel
where we were married.
Glimpse of the sea.

Friday, May 12, 2017

May 12: Ruffed Grouse

"Everybody knows that the autumn landscape in the northwoods is the land, plus a red maple, plus a ruffled grouse. In terms of conventional physics, the grouse represents only a millionth of either the mass or the energy of an acre. Yet, subtract the grouse and the whole thing is dead."

--Aldo Leopold, from SAND COUNTY ALMANAC

Spring landscape--
male grouse drumming
its heartbeat.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 11: Spring leaves

Forget flowers.
Vivid beech leaves unfurl
along the riverbank.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 10: Surprise Moon

After nights of rain
suddenly--the moon!
much fuller than expected.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 9: That point

Grass high enough
to mow now.
Daydreaming of islands.

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8: Seasonal

Rainy day diet:
one dozen raw oysters,
steamed fiddleheads.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 7: Going home

Monotony of rain,
the windshield wipers.
Talk of second chances.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 6: Derby Day

Derby Day--
he crushes the ice
for our mint juleps.

Friday, May 5, 2017

May 5: A hard rain falling

Wipers beat the windshield,
war drums of a hard rain.
We hunker down.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 4: Bulbs

Backyard greening--
planted before we lived here
tulips bloom once more.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3: Happy hour

Walking to the pub
with stops
for magnolias.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 2: At the doctor

Still early enough
to hear birdsong in the woods.
Blood work.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1: May Day

Seasonal house--
Christmas wreath by the door,
cherry tree blooming.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 30: Sun-day

Sunny mountaintop--
two little girls happy
to be barefoot.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 29: Roadside wonders

In the field
where we always look for turkeys--
flock of turkeys.

Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28: Brigadoon

Driving homeward
after time in the city.
Fog bank.

April 27: Bryant Park

Keep off the new sod,
so we sit next to the grass
and take pictures.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 25: Into spring

Driving south--
annual revelation
of flowering trees.

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24: Harbor

Leaving the library
Scent of the sea.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23: Rare bird

My husband and I spent almost the whole day standing in a backyard in Sheepscott with dozens of other birders hoping to catch a glimpse of a Fieldfare. This bird was first observed a few days ago, and has never been recorded before in Maine. So it would have been an exciting sighting. But it was not to be.
However, we enjoyed our day of waiting, seeking, and hoping. We caught up with birder friends who had shown up from all around the state while soaking up the first sunlight we'd seen in days. And while we may not have seen the Fieldfare, we did see pairs of Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Tree Swallows, Bald Eagles, and Red-tailed Hawks, and were serenaded by Ruby-crowned Kinglets and bluebirds. Love was literally in the air. And we saw a fox, which was shooed away by a loud pair of Canada Geese.
We didn't see the rare bird
but perhaps that's not
what we were there for.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 22: Earth Day

Scoping the saltmarsh--
four herons also huddled
against rain and cold.

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 21: In the dark

Driving home late--
animal eyes or beer cans
shining in the headlights?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 20: Birdsong

Noticing this morning
as if for the first time
songs of robins.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19: Tulips

Shutting the door
against the cold.
Tulip petals scatter.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 18: Pairs

Soft bodies of doves
paired up on the wire--
a line of wild music.

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 17: Birthday

On his birthday
no fish caught
but he doesn't care

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 16: Easter Sunday

Record warm day.
Kinglet singing on and on,
maple trees in bloom.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April 15: Bird in the kitchen

open kitchen window
briefly trapped chickadee
outside, sound of singing

Friday, April 14, 2017

April 14: Early bird

While we're talking on the phone
season's first Osprey
flies downriver.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 13: Nesting

Watching hopefully
as a pair of Wood Ducks
checks out my backyard trees.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 12: Yellow

Rainy afternoon.
Unexpected stop
to buy pots of daffodils.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April 11: Pink Moon

Was it the full moon
or strange dreams
that kept waking me last night?

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10: Spring is in the air

Outside for the first time
this spring the cat
sniffs everything.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 9: We discover snowdrops

raking the garden
what's been going on
under dead leaves and snow

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April 8: Roadside Jesus

Roadside Jesus
welcoming squirrels across
with outstretched arms.

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7: Current events

green river rising
ducks have flown to the lake
don't turn on the news

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 6: Sighting

From the shower
my husband watches an otter
cross our backyard.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 5: Emergence

Pulling the blind
on a skunk sniffing
the still-frozen lawn.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 4: Spring afternoon

Afternoon ennui.
The rain turns back
to snow.