Category Archives: Winter

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!