Face to Face with Maine’s Wildlife…

       Recently my wife and I were on our daily walking venture for exercise and photo opportunities of our beautiful states surroundings. Having taken on the responsibility of becoming Mainers, we take it seriously. Our appreciation of this great state has only continued to grow with each day we live here. We not only have a vast expanse of territory to keep the open privacy alive, but from the sky on a plane you can most definitely see the wide open space that other states only dream of. People come from everywhere to see what is always available to us with just a little more than a stones throw away.

       Walking through the newer part of Mount Hope Cemetery by the pond, my wife spied a sudden splash in the water. Without hesitation, her camera was out and searching with such speed and agility, Dirty Harry would have been proud. The scuttle of sound led to a gathering of rocks by the water’s edge. And there it was. A long animal with rounded ears, poking its little head out to see who is trying to join its daily swim. Well, after a series of photos and our walk as well,  we returned home and right to the internet to identify this curious creature. As it turns out, it was a mink. Exercise turns out to be a nature walk for us with a wealth of discovery. We’ve seen (and photographed) ground hogs (which we’ve recently found out should be called woodchucks), wild turkeys, beautiful fox and her babies, porcupines, snakes, skunk, and have heard the call of the coyote. A daily treat of birds is always on the menu right outside, and on day trips have recorded on camera the many varieties of owls, falcons, red-tailed hawks, and the like with great enthusiasm. On a recent camping trip, not only did the coyotes sing us a nocturnal song, but the loons gave them more than a run for their money with their wild call. Later in the evening while in the tent, I heard the gruff panting of a bear wandering the night right outside. My wife and I now patiently await the chance to see the elusive moose.

       Love Maine and its wonderous surroundings, and always remember, while you’re watching, something may be watching you…