Category Archives: Musings

Rhythms of Baseball and Outdoor Life Potent in Maine

Author’s Note: Partially in honor of opening day of the 2015 Major League Baseball season and partially in response to a winter that is having a hard time letting go, this piece is written to celebrate the traditions of baseball, … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Winter’s Song

Following a long, cold and snowy second half to winter here in Maine, there probably aren’t many people singing the praises of winter. Even I, an avowed winter lover, am ready for spring’s greenery and flowing waters. Still, and in … Continue reading

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Wild Country

The ice on the Kennebec River is forming in its now typical winter fashion – with an irregular surface reminiscent of a roughly frosted cake. It was not always this way. Before Edwards Dam was removed in 1999, the river … Continue reading

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The Snowy Season & Poetry

With fall transitioning into winter, Maine’s landscapes are becoming cloaked in white. Depending upon geography and elevation, varying amounts of snow sit in our woods and on our fields. Some waters are frozen over, though many are still open with … Continue reading

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Evolving Landscapes and Maine Poetry

I recently read a wonderful poem by Maine poet Tom Sexton at the Maine State Library’s webpage sharing weekly poems by Maine poets. The poet describes the significance of a now abandoned homestead’s granite stoop. This phenomenon of abandoned homesteads, … Continue reading

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Maine State Parks and Public Lands Full of Diverse Opportunties

This past month, work for me has led to places such as the remote forests around Moosehead Lake, Lily Bay State Park, Little Moose Public Lands, and Seboeis Lake in the Katahdin Region. On the other hand, family play has … Continue reading

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Upon Encountering the Moose Carcass

The image to the left shows a moose carcass encountered deep in the woods of #4 Mountain in Frenchtown, Maine. It was found while examining soils and hydrology along a possible trail location associated with the Moosehead Lake Region non-motorized … Continue reading

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Spring Now in Full Force in the Moosehead Lake Region

The woods are coming alive in Maine’s north country. While leading a Maine Conservation Corps trail crew leader on a preview of trail work for an upcoming project in the Moosehead Lake Region, I heard a number of great bird … Continue reading

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Forty to One – the Symbolism of Maple Sugaring

Though it’s been a long winter, the maple sap should be flowing – at least on the days above freezing. Maine Maple Sunday is near (March 23rd), and Maine and its northern forest neighbors are collectively celebrating the culture and … Continue reading

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