Nature

  • Nature: Either eiders or orchids, both are interesting sights

    Nature: Either eiders or orchids, both are interesting sights

    The flowers in July are overwhelming! Orchids are in bloom and well worth searching for. Since they grow in bogs, you may get your feet wet or need to be in a canoe or kayak. Friends have sent me nice photos of Calopogon, also called grass pink. You usually can find it in the bogs on this island in June, July and August.  The blossoms of Calopogon look as if they

  • Nature: Unusual bird spotted on the island 

    Nature: Unusual bird spotted on the island 

    ‘Summertime, and the living is easy…’ so goes a favorite song of mine, and so it should be, although this year ‘of the virus’ may be an exception. Wildlife is busy, however, and flowers bloom right on schedule, adding beauty everywhere. Although orchids do not come to mind when you first think of Maine, we have several

  • Nature: Summer ‘springs the world anew’ 

    Nature: Summer ‘springs the world anew’ 

    ‘Sumer is icumen in…’ So says an anonymous English poet, in an 800-year-old song, thought to be one of the oldest songs ever written. All around us, it is easy to tell that we have shifted from spring to summer. Wildlife families are busy raising their young. Sounds of birds are nice to hear these days, and just this last week, snapping turtles laying eggs have been seen all over

  • Nature: When in balance, it all works fine

    Nature: When in balance, it all works fine

    Nature happenings this month are many, for it is the time for plants and animals to reproduce in the many different forms nature has given them to do so. Birds are especially vocal now as the males sing their love songs to their lady loves, and frogs and toads trill, croak or do whatever nature has provided them in declaring their love. As a wonderful

  • Nature: Ducks create flap on Jordan Pond

    Nature: Ducks create flap on Jordan Pond

    Wildflowers are appearing in woods and fields all over our island. In just a walk up my long driveway in Bass Harbor, bordered by woods and a few small vernal pools, I noted blue–eyed grass, star flower, yellow pond lilies (spadderdock), white violets, wild strawberries and several ferns. Those of you on the Bar Harbor side of MDI see wildflowers and blooming shrubs about a week or more ahead

  • Nature: Keep bears in mind

    Nature: Keep bears in mind

    A bear stepped into the spotlight in Bass Harbor this week. As of this writing I do not have any information about it, but the video posted on Facebook from a home owner not far from me showed a big black bear on the lawn on the May 22. I’ll be sure to make lots of noise

  • Nature: Slippery as an eel

    Nature: Slippery as an eel

    ‘Slippery as an eel ‘ is an expression often used. How many of us really know what that means? Have you ever grabbed on and tried to hold on? This is the month for eels. All winter long, eels have burrowed under the mud. All eels started in the Sargasso Sea, and that is where the females