Early July 2017
|july 6th bird walk - focused on the nelson's sharp-tailed sparrow|
A Bunch of Thanks - Big thanks to Carol Thompson for just being so awesome. Way to be consistently awesome, Carol!
|smooth green snakes fade to a bluish|
color when roadkill - or woods kill
Seriously though – this is the kind of comment we are looking for – so contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with sightings, photos, and comments and critiques and recommendations that you’d like to share with us.
|sundews don't get their due in the VSR|
|female blue dasher in full flight|
as opposed to partial flight which is
another term for crash
So there – for some reason I feel compelled to show how I am open to cutting edge new ideas like “cropping” photos, instagram (big thanks to VSR reader and best friend on the mainland Kristen Lindquist for that idea (of which I pooh-poohed almost immediately as well)) and maybe not putting too many gross pictures of “runned-over” animals in the VSR. Not sure how long this will last, but I am at a moment where I am very open to ideas – so send them in! What would make the VSR better in your mind – no comments about beards will be accepted! Pre-emptive “Pooh-pooh” on that one!
|alewives in traditional habitat - water|
|alewives are easy to catch when flushed out|
of their non-traditional habitat-
tanker truck or tank on a truck
While we are at it … a slight push for the VLT annual meeting – looks like a cool topic….
|the catching is good|
VLT Annual Meeting: A Focus on the Health of Penobscot Bay
Join us at Skoog Park on Friday July 28th at 4 p.m. for this year's annual meeting. We hope you will come catch up with board members, staff, and friends while learning about how to secure the future of fishing in Penobscot Bay.
The title of this year's talk is "Wild Fisheries and Alewives: Their Loss, Potential Recovery, and Resilience of Coastal Communities." Vinalhaven native, fisherman, and historical fisheries ecologist Ted Ames will team up with Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries' Executive Director, Robin Alden, to talk about Penobscot Bay’s past fisheries, current alewife recovery efforts, and the hopeful resiliency of fishing communities like Vinalhaven in the face of climate change.
|the releasing is good too|
|Labrador tea was also in bloom recently|
|"like a lady slipper in july"|
|rose pagonia like this can be seen with binos|
from the beaver dam at Folly Pond
|now is the time to look for |
|look at all these bladderworts - like really take a look|
|widow skimmer - backyard dragonfly|
Wow! That is an impressive sentence, and quite literally more information about plants than anywhere else in their great book “Wildflowers in the field and forest” local review of said book – “thumbs up” from Javier Penalosa, yes the Javier Penalosa.
|twelve-spotted skimmer - backyard dragonfly|
Fragrant water lilies – paddling in the marsh by our house in St George loads of these beauties, including some hot pink and even crimsony pink (I am not an artist) ones that even I could tell were easy on the eyes…take a look…
|two days before|
|just getting going - indian pipes in the basin|
and more flowers to come as these young indian pipes show!
Amanita flavoconia – the number one Amanita on Vinalhaven for at least the last 13 years has been the Yellow Patches. Pushing through in the middle of the trail seems to be a characteristic of these little dudes. These shots are mostly from the Basin…
Amanita rubescens – The Blusher – classic Amanita of Vinalhaven. Lately I’ve been seeing them pushing through up in the Pitch Pine and Red Spruce ledgey spots in the Basin…
|nice sac! - tawny grissette -|
and amanita with style
Amanita fulva– my personal favorite mushroom, and has been for at least 4 years now , so I think its sticking! Tawny Grissettes in the basin is the call!
After a bit I asked her why she liked Russulas so much, and she said that she really didn’t care one way or the other about them, but that it was her husband who loved them. He was back on the cruise ship she had sailed in on – she was another cruise ship client that basically screamed “get me off that boat and in the woods” when she joined the group. Apparently he had developed MS and could not make the hike and was pretty limited in what he could do outside in general. Her eyes teared up as she told me this, and my eyes teared up as well. And then I realized why I learned so much about mushrooms all those years ago.
|fireflies having sex on a king bolete|
Boletus badius – Bay-brown bolete – I like this mushroom, it’s kind of quaint in its own way. But I think the common name doesn’t tap into the potential that a species name like “badius” has to offer. I am afraid to say this but I think “badius bolete” or some crasser version of this
|dye-makers polypore has been fruiting on most preserves as of late|
|slightly older specimen|
|fresh wolf's milk slime in the basin|
And they are so cool to watch as they change so dramatically over such a short period of time as we mentioned in the previous VSR with the Chocolate Tube slime series of photos. I went back to the Wolf’s Milk patch two days later and got this shot – they have gone to spore and look very puffball like! Just another reason to walk the same trails over and over again – because they are not the same trails ever.
Here’s a few of Leif – kayaking in the marsh….
…king of the abandoned beaver lodge!
And at a seadogs game with me and mom. It was an exciting game with two home runs and afterword we got to camp out with the cub scouts on Hadlock field. How cool is that…
|they showed a baseball movie that had|
john candy in it
|I think john candy died in 1994|
leif ended up chasing around with other scouts
|and as the grim reaper in front of our new place|
here's the backyard ....
and a view of the sunset in the marsh
|we'll take it|
…more soon enough, and this is long enough, or at least I think so….
Thanks for reading and we’ll see you out there!