Stop the Car!

A few weeks ago, Hannah and I went for a walk on the beach. Heading home, we were crossing the bridge when Hannah began yelling, “Stop the car! Stop the car! Get your camera!” When I didn’t stop fast enough (there was NO place to pull over) she hollered again, pointing to the water.

I stopped the car in the middle of the road and whipped out my camera, quickly trying to focus on the spot at which she was pointing. “It’s a whale, it’s a whale!” she screamed. With excitement, I zoomed in, focused, and began laughing.

Hannah’s whale was a large rock sitting just below the water line. Sure enough, the waves gently lapping over the rock did resemble a whale surfacing. Does this remind you a bit of my owl sighting?

Fast forward to this evening. We picked up Mexican takeout at Vazquez and were bringing it home to enjoy. Just as we hit the river and turned into our road Hannah began yelling, “Stop the car! Get your camera! There’s something in the water!”

“What? What?” I asked. “It’s a bird!” she said. “What kind of bird?” I asked. “A different bird!” she said.

great blue heron

She had no clue what she was looking at, but she was right. I think it’s the first time I’ve spied heron in our river.

great blue heron

I think I’m rubbing off on her. She’s developing quite the photographer’s eye!

great blue heron in maine



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Summer Solstice

On this Summer Solstice, I went in search of Lupins. The tall spired flowers are my favorite thing about June. Seas of purply blossoms fill the landscape, brightening fields, providing surprising pops of color at every turn.

Hannah was my pilot for our evening drive. We found glorious color in all the familiar spots.

Then we went in search of new views. Surprisingly, we found few stands of Lupins as we made our way to Beals Island. On our return home, this is what we discovered…

Two families of Canada Geese – four adults and 13 goslings swimming in the fading light.

We slowed the car and stalked this gaggle as they meandered along the coast.

The babies were goofy and ungainly on land, adorably sweet. Other cars paused to see what we were studying and before long there was a line of cars and people snapping pics with their cell phones.

We spend the better part of an hour enjoying the sight before heading home. What a wonderful experience.

Happy Summer!

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