Whale-y Wonderful Mid-September 2018

The water is still very warm (~62); warm by Maine standards anyways. So plenty more swimming in our future. Especially with the wetsuits!

Now that the tourists are gone the beach has become a dog paradise.

These Irish wolfhounds are so cool!

Haha

One Saturday we arrived to the beach and it was foggy… and I got in the water and was swimming around in the waves looking at the horizon…and SAW A HUMPBACK WHALE FULLY BREACH.

!!!

My reaction was quite enthusiastic. Since I don’t have a photo to document my reaction I decided to try my hand at photorealism and draw the moment.

You’ll notice I’m making the international signal for “Wowowow I just saw a whale fully leap out of the water.” I ran to Smoochie breathlessly shouting whilst making these very grand gestures (my son said “you looked like you had just won the Olympics” haha). I also inadvertently got the attention of every person at the beach and everyone was scanning the sea.

Wait for it…

Thar she blows

The fog cleared and we spotted the whales a dozen more times that day!

It wasn’t until editing these pictures that we realized the whales also had babies with them!!
See the baby flukes on the left of the above picture?

And it is blurry but in the above picture to the left of the adult is a little baby whale tail! It was awesome. My daughter and I were taking a walk, looked out and got to see their tails with the cool white markings come up about 4 times. She said “Their tails are humongous!” We also saw them making big puffs of mist with their blowholes.

Boogie boarding

He slept through most of the excitement haha

Whale-y good nap

Beach a la Rothko

Some other scenic pictures looking very painterly:

The kids set up their own scenic photo shoot in our yard:

Haha! Pretty good, right? These are our favorite type of toy; they are Schleich brand and we enjoy collecting them (great gift idea for kids of all ages). The kids play with them but I also borrow them to display at times (see moose in cabinet below).

Baby admiring the curiosities

Don’t touch!

Enjoyed meeting this beautiful parrot (and even got a pile of awesome feathers to take home!!)

Blueberry sharks

Love this rockstar bird drawing!

Very 70s

Football season is in full swing and the Trojans have two more wins under their belts. #33 <3

Football fan/cheerleader in training

Little football fan

She also enjoys playing with this ADORABLE puppy at the games:


10 thoughts on “Whale-y Wonderful Mid-September 2018

  1. Mominthegarden

    O.K., that was pretty amazing! How cool to see the whales!!! I really liked your drawing, too. Funny, my daughter was visiting family in Florida, and while swimming in the Gulf some wild dolphins swam with them. The excitement in her voice when she told me about it was so neat to hear. So I told her to draw a picture of the experience (since no camera was around) and, well, she didn’t like that idea… But your drawing is a perfect capture of the moment! :-)

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  2. Eliza Waters

    Whales so close – so exciting! Wetsuits are a smart investment given those cold Maine waters. And look at that baby boy– standing on his own, cutting teeth & growing like a weed! Everyone looks happy, Spy is a football hero already. :) Happy autumn!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Yes the whales were a highlight; I am still replaying the moment where I just happened to look out and saw one fully breach it was just unbelievably awesome. The baby is definitely growing fast. The Spy landed on a really great team with amazing players, he is in football heaven :). Happy autumn to you, this is such a great time of year! Thanks for commenting!

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