Spring Water

Small Falls
A Glimpse of Paradise

We needed a break and decided to take advantage of the opportunity to go for a Sunday drive in the country; we were fortunate to see a young moose near the road and stopped to photograph some exciting water rushing in the rivers in Phillips and near Rangeley. This photograph is my favorite for today, a picture of the final step of Smalls Falls before it dumped into the river.

To see a larger version of this picture and other pictures from our trip, please go to
my online gallery and choose Sunday Drive Spring 2011. The controls for the gallery are not always obvious. If you look at the bottom of the window you will see options for viewing style (Grid is the default, Mosaic is my favorite, Carousel is like the Apple Macintosh file viewer style and Slideshow is just what you think it is). To end the Slideshow, click the arrows that point at each other. Enjoy!

Update [1 Mar 2015]. Time marches on. Apple changed the rules some time ago and the photo gallery is no longer available. If I can ever find the time, I may provide a self-hosted alternative. Sorry about that!

Winter Has Arrived!

Author at Inland Trail
Author at Inland Trail

We started off the weekend with a walk in the woods on the Inland Trail in Waterville. We had a good day for it and didn’t even really need snowshoes. The temperature was also just about right.

We were having such a good time, we decided to go again on Sunday (and managed to get the car stuck on a hill in Oakland). Arbo’s towed us back up onto the road (thanks to Randy, AAA and the gracious gentleman who offered me the use of his cellphone). We returned to Inland Trail instead (with excellent parking lot) and got in another walk before dark.

Thank You with Thread

We had a lovely surprise package arrive at our door this week. What a nice way to say thank you. We were a bit surprised to see them so soon (we just assumed they would take longer). I hope the towel fairy won’t mind if we say thanks in this post. They have already been pressed into service.

Don and Gale Towels
His and Hers

Into Every Life a Little Rain Must Fall

After a fabulous week of sun and vibrant colors, we were visited with a little rain and wind on Friday morning. The rain lasted only for a few hours, but it was windy most of the day. We took in some of the lawn furniture so it wouldn’t blow away. Gale took advantage of the situation to get some very interesting shots of white caps, rollers and seagulls struggling to stay aloft.

Rainy Morning in Bernard, Maine
Rainy Morning

Up With the Birds

Just Before Sunrise at Seawall
Up With the Birds

For our Thursday we decided to try to get sunrise over the water. I didn’t want to stumble through the woods in the dark, so we agreed on Seawall. We were the first to arrive (in the dark) and picked our spot very carefully. Gale used her tripod and got some marvelous shots. This is one of my better shots, just before the sun came up; I managed to find a bird on his way to breakfast. There were several other decent pictures (of low clouds against the horizon and of early boats against the horizon), but I will save those for my gallery (which is part of the learning curve I hope to climb before we leave).

Just Another Day in Paradise

Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain
Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain

After our wonderful carriage ride, we decided to drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain. We had a perfect day for it and took quite a lot of pictures. I managed to get several pictures of a very large boat (or ferry) entering or leaving Bar Harbor. At one scenic turnout on the road to the top of the mountain, I greeted a cab driver who pulled in and he replied, very dryly, “Just another day in paradise.” Well, for him it may have been perfectly normal, but to us it was a real treat. And the clear sunny weather was an extra bonus.

Sunrise at Bass Harbor

After a whirlwind visit with Jerry and Bonnie, and before we visited with Rodney and Jill at their home in Manset, I had a few moments to savor the early morning light and decided to capture it (with my trusty SONY camera); I’m only an amateur, so some of the shots are not in focus and I don’t really know how to take advantage of all the bells and whistles, so these shots will never win any prizes. Hopefully, in spite of all those caveats, you will get some sense of how beautiful this little corner of the world can be early in the morning in October.

Update [1 Mar 2015]. The following part of the post applied to the original wordpress.org plugin (which does not work on this wordpress.com site); I am currently working on a wordpress.org companion site and will make this gallery available at some time in the future.

The pictures are displayed here with the NextGEN plugin. Toggle the link below to cycle between watching the slide show or viewing the pictures individually by clicking through them on your own schedule.

[nggallery id=1]

This is my first attempt to show pictures in a gallery with WordPress. The pictures were exported from iPhoto (giving me JPEG images less than 100KB each). I will need to continue working on my NextGEN plugin learning curve; there are ways to associate names and descriptions for the individual images, etc.

[published on 24 Oct 2010 and backdated to match the events and images]

Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim . . .

Dump Truck on Barge
Dump Truck Afloat

One of the benefits of visiting Rodney and Jill (aside from their local knowledge, guaranteed intelligent conversation and exquisite taste) is an opportunity to watch a busy Southwest Harbor at work. It was a fairly busy day on the water for the barges today and we were fortunate enough to capture this dump truck on its way to or from the island. Photo by Gale Davison.

Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Two Cats Coffee House
Great Place to Start a Vacation

We started our vacation with dinner at Testa’s (where we agreed to meet Jerry and Bonnie) in Bar Harbor, Maine. After dinner we headed for Bernard and unloaded the cars; in addition to riveting conversation, Jerry got us hooked on Angry Birds (you need to play this game to even begin to understand it). We stayed up late trying to get past a tricky level in the game! In the morning, we headed over to the 2 Cats Restaurant for breakfast.

The 45 minute wait was well worth it (and they provided us with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to keep us amused until our table was available). The food was excellent, the service was good and we had the pleasure of talking with a young man who managed entertainment for the cruise ships. Gale enjoyed the pancakes so much, we are planning to go there again once more before we leave.

Note: We had breakfast on the way home on Saturday morning (and the Ambrosia pancakes were every bit as good as her Cape Codder pancakes)!

Jerry and Bonnie
Jerry and Bonnie at 2 Cats

Relaxing is Good!

Clary Lake Bed and Breakfast
Clary Lake B&B

I just wanted to share with the world (actually just with the few persons who will be reading this blog) what a wonderful time we had at Clary Lake Bed and Breakfast this weekend. I have stayed in quite a few B and Bs over the years and this is definitely one of the best experiences I have ever had. Relaxing is not an overrated experience!

[moved from Blogger on 19 Oct 2010]