Category Archives: outdoors

Details on the Shore, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

The rock formations along the shore of Maine continue to fascinate me.  This spring I looked more closely and found nature details everywhere.  Violets and ground ivy tucked in around the rocks, or on the edge of flower beds nurtured … Continue reading

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A walk in Porter Preserve, Boothbay, Maine

I went to Maine this Spring just before warm weather burst on the scene and buds broke fully open.  The land was green with recent moisture and seemed full of anticipation of real Spring.  Porter Preserve, Boothbay Region, Land Trust is … Continue reading

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Good News for Hedgehogs

Photo Credit: Gaudete Hedgehogs were a familiar sight as I was growing up in Southern Ireland. We used to put out food for them at dusk. Our house was close to woods and soon a hedgehog would venture out and tuck … Continue reading

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The Glories of Autumn in Ireland: Part 3

Several insects and other small invertebrates came indoors as the weather turned colder.  The cottage is in the middle of the woods and close to the lake and wildlife finds a way to come inside.  Below are pictures of some … Continue reading

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Glories of Nature: Autumn in Ireland Part 2

The rich harvest of wild berries in the Irish hedgerows is a signature sign of Autumn.  Blackberries and rose hips from wild Dog Roses, Hawthorn hips and Blackthorn berries better known as Sloes.

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To see the glories of nature you have to look carefully. Autumn in Ireland part one.

As Spring approaches in 2017 I look back to October 2016 in Tipperary, Ireland on the shores of Lough Derg.  It was a typical ripe Autumn bursting with berries and dying leaves rich with color.   I found wildflowers before Winter and battered … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Encounter With a Water Owl: Cuvier’s Beaked Whale

Several hundred years ago there was said to be a strange and fierce sea creature that attacked ships.  The Water-Owl or Ziphius had the body of a fish and a head of an owl with huge eyes and a beak-like … Continue reading

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