Something growing on fallen conifer twig

October 21, 2014
Needles have stripes, look flat rather than round.

Needles have stripes, look flat rather than round.

Wet woods near vernal pool. Those look like bryophytes growing under the twig?

Amer. Robin Roque Bluffs Oct. 21, 2014

October 21, 2014
Cheery sight on an October morning at Cow Point.

Cheery sight on an October morning at Cow Point.

Brier Island Lodge

September 26, 2014

Brier Island Lodge is a family-run place. It is a little expensive, and it lacks a few of the usual motel-chain extras. There is no phone in the room and no wi-fi (there is wifi in the lounge). But there are a few extras that make up for everything else. The view from the dining room is great and includes most of the bay and the small island with lighthouse plus beautiful sunsets, if you eat at the proper time for that event. You can walk from your room straight across the island on a shrubby trail that ends on a rocky cove. Instead of noisy lawnmowers there is a small free-range flock of sheep and a goat. Staff is friendly and helpful. Here are some photos of things I liked.

LodgeFarmThe small farm is located right next to the Lodge office and the Restaurant.

The sheep, and the goat, are not penned, although there is a fenced field area next to the motel units.

The sheep, and the goat, are not penned, although there is a fenced field area next to the motel units.

Here are the sheep seen through the window of our room in the morning after our arrival.

Here are the sheep seen through the window of our room in the morning after our arrival.

Here are the sheep seen from the lounge, which has two walls of windows. I used the wi-fi in the lounge. It was a large sunny place with table and games and books, as well as the registration area.

Here are the sheep seen from the lounge, which has two walls of windows. I used the wi-fi in the lounge. It was a large sunny place with tables and games and books, and the registration area.

Lodge dining room included a small sitting area with a bright orange painted brick fireplace.

Lodge dining room included a small sitting area with a bright orange painted brick fireplace.

Teapots and Coffee pots in the dining room.  Breakfast and dinner are served here, there is a great view of the harbor and lighthouse (not to mention the sheep).

Teapots and Coffee pots in the dining room. Breakfast and dinner are served here, there is a great view of the harbor and lighthouse (not to mention the sheep).

You can dine in the restaurant even if you are not staying in the motel rooms.

The outdoor public phone. No phones in the rooms.

The outdoor public phone. No phones in the rooms.

I tried to get the spiders and webs on the phone and booth in a photo but was not very successful. I thought it was "quaint" but when I got home I saw as many cobwebs in my house.

I tried to get the spiders and webs on the phone and booth in a photo but was not very successful. I thought it was “quaint” but when I got home I saw as many cobwebs in my house.

We would stay here again; it was fun and convenient, and we liked the staff.

Hotel Lighting May, 2013

September 4, 2014

Oriental Hotel, Venice

Oriental Hotel, Venice

Prague

This (above) is Bohemian Glass, in the Prague hotel room.

Plitvice 2

Plitvice 2

Plitvice, Croatia

Plitvice, Croatia

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Yellow Warbler – Mt Desert Island May 25

May 25, 2014
at the marsh on Gilbert Farm Rd near Rte 102

at the marsh on Gilbert Farm Rd near Rte 102

Yellow

White-crowned Sparrow 21 May 2014 Bar Harbor

May 21, 2014
Under feeder in Town Hill backyard. We don't see this every spring.

Under feeder in Town Hill backyard. We don’t see this every spring.

Gilbert Farm Rd 06 May- Nashville Warbler and Grackles

May 7, 2014
Nashville Warbler, not singing

Nashville Warbler, not singing

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Sparrow- Bass Harbor Light, 02 MAY

May 3, 2014

 

 

 

 

ate wormsate worms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

took mud bath

took mud bath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hung out at bottom of bushes

hung out at bottom of bushes

several in immediate area

several in immediate area

looked like head dipped in greenish gold

looked like head dipped in greenish gold

Is this a Savannah?

Is this a Savannah?

 

Mt Desert Is. 26 April: E. Phoebe, Gr. Yellowlegs, Raven mobs Bald Eagle

April 26, 2014
at Hamilton Pond

at Hamilton Pond

on Thompson Island

on Thompson Island

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near causeway

near causeway

Canada Geese, Mallard and Common Merganser return to Frenchman’s Hill 24 April

April 24, 2014
April 24 Frenchman's Hill fire-pond.

April 24 Frenchman’s Hill fire-pond.

Pair of Common Merganser

Pair of Common Merganser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just the drake Mallard, I didn't see the female.

Just the drake Mallard, I didn’t see the female.

A pair of Canada Geese also arrived this afternoon but I wasn’t able to get a photo. Busy day on the pond!

 


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