Sunkhaze Meadows: Bugspray, Boots, and Binoculars

Sunkhaze Meadows NWR is a 2014 Maine Natural Heritage Hike. For more information, visit my Natural Heritage Hikes page.

On Friday, I began the trip that I had been waiting for all summer: Aroostook County, northernmost in Maine.

On my way there, I stopped at Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Reserve just outside of Orono, where I found the wildlife right away. Or rather, it found me.

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Art Camp!

I was a special guest today at Crazy Art Camp at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Augusta!

After watching me demonstrate drawing an antler using a plexiglass grid to get the scale right, the campers created their own leaf drawings using homemade dental floss-and-card stock grids.

Conserving land, one brushstroke at a time

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The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) has turned to artists to help them protect Howard Hill, the iconic forested backdrop to Maine’s state house in Augusta. In a series of short outings, artists are invited to create plein air paintings, drawings, and photographs inspired by the landscape. Many of them will be¬†for sale at the Harlow Gallery between October 12 and November 1, with proceeds supporting KLT’s acquisition of the land. Continue reading

Angel Falls

Angel Falls is a 2014 Maine Natural Heritage Hike. For more information, visit my Natural Heritage Hikes page.

An obstacle course of ripped out culverts and enormous potholes, the road that leads to Angel Falls is one of the roughest I’ve encountered. As we hiked in, Emily and I wondered aloud how this could possibly be one of the top five most popular trails in Maine, given how difficult it was to access. Surely Maine Trail Finder was mistaken. Continue reading

Borestone Mountain: The Great Oasis

 Borestone Mountain is a 2014 Maine Natural Heritage Hike. For more information, visit my Natural Heritage Hikes page.

Last Monday, I drove for an hour down a rutted, rocky dirt road only to find that it had washed out two miles before my destination. No cell signal. And I had a meeting in 15 minutes.

An hour and a half later, Alexandra, manager of Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, showed no sign of annoyance as she jumped up to greet me. The scene behind her was magnificent: Sunrise Pond in the foreground, Borestone Mountain looming just beyond. Over lunch, she explained what made this place special. Continue reading