Category Archives: Wildlife

By Land and By Sea

Its baby Zoolander haha.

Mystery creature (probably a seal)

There are many, many blurry mystery creatures out there and I’m dreaming of those super extreme zoom lenses to see (and photograph) them in greater detail. Especially of course since we’ve seen whales out there! We have been able to identify some birds from a distance.

A horned grebe. Very proficient diver; watching it reminded me of a mini penguin. Their winter plumage is very different from their summer:

Horned Grebe (summer): Source of Image

She found a pearl!

On land, we have been enjoying the snow. Not pictured; downhill skiing at Shawnee Peak! The Spy has been having a great time with his school’s ski club.

hahaha

And now it is time for…

What is Your Spirit Animal?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock (5540469i)
Golden monkeys at Dalongtan Golden monkeys Research Center in Shennongjia, central China’s Hubei Province
Dalongtan Golden monkeys Research Center, Shennongjia, China – 13 Jan 2016

Hahaha!

A Maine Valentine ♥

Lobsters are red, the ocean is blue

This island looks pink.

How about this view?

Dexie ♥s rocks

Paddling in calm, and very clear, water.

We’ve learned some interesting things about the wildlife in these waters. One of the kids’ friends’ dad is a shark expert; featured on shark week! The most common sharks here are the blue shark (10+ feet), thresher (20+ feet!) and shortfin mako (10+ feet!). The basking shark (the second largest fish in the ocean!) cruise 100 yards off these beaches here eating plankton! They can grow up to 30 feet (with the record being 40 feet! caught in the Bay of Fundy which is due north of here). They also are known to breach. Sand tiger sharks and porbeagle are more rare.  Spiny dogfish are a smaller type of shark and finally, we all know about the great whites! In addition to minke whales and humpbacks, the rare North American right whale lives here as well as the second largest mammal on earth, the fin whale, which can grow up to 80 feet in length!

[Partial] Portrait with Lighthouse

Hardy azaleas

What appears to be a black lab-basset hound mix in formal wear

In Portland, since 1976, a valentine’s day bandit has been posting hearts around the city on the night before Valentine’s Day and the tradition continued today…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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: