It’s super nice today up here in Maine. It seems like for everyone else in the U.S., snow is the thing of the past. We Mainers still have over two feet in certain areas. I just took a nice walk through our property and fell through the more stable top layer in certain places. I quickly found out that the depth of snow is still well up to my thighs. Strange because in other locations, I can see the ground. We say that we live in a vortex on our road because we’ve got the most snow by far. Everyone else’s is melting off quickly.
Anyway, it’s about 40° and sunny today, so I thought I’d head back in the woods to see of the brook is flowing. The stream that runs down our property has breaks in places, but is mostly still covered with a substantial layer of snow. Since the brook is larger, I was curious to see if that was covered as well. Also, I wanted to take a look at the property as a whole. Since I only began exploring it in this past December, I’m not sure what it actually looks like without snow cover. I figured it was a good excuse to get out there to take some photos. Nature photos. I love this type of photography.
Let’s start off with some nice Black Cherry tree bark that sits right at the edge of my back yard, next to the pond. This is a good example of what the burnt chip thing is that everyone talks about when they describe the bark of Cherry trees.
And here’s a dried up Beech tree leaf that’s left over from last year.
Further into the woods, I grabbed a shot of some White Spruce tree bark. We have a few different types of softwoods on the property, Black Spruce, White Spruce, Balsam Fir and Hemlock. We also have lots of White Pine and I’m sure I’m forgetting something else.
We’ve been watching a local American Woodcock nest that’s been sitting on the ground for a while now. We heard the bird chirping (or squeaking) a few days back and then stumbled across this nest as we were walking around. We’ve been very careful not to disturb it and to use our long lenses to take photos of it. It’s still fluffy and nicely put together after the storm we had the other day, so I think it’s still in use.
There are going to be some eggs in there soon. I just know it.
This is the corner of a homemade camping bench we made out of logs during a previous winter camping excursion. That’s some great firewood right there.
We’ve got a stone wall that runs along one boundary of our property and acts as the property line, so I’ve been eager to get a glimpse of the entire thing without any snow covering it. It’s just now emerging from its slumber.
As I was hiking around back there, I found a very tall dead pine tree that had no bark attached to it at all. There were some pretty cool designs across the surface of the interior wood that looked like some sort of an ancient language.
This is a nice shot straight up the entire pine tree. I love these kinds of shots.
This is a final photo of the tree. I took many more, but had to limit them to three. Enough is enough. I do enjoy practicing my Aperture Priority though.
By this point, I was almost at the brook. I noticed some interesting holes that were pecked in a few dead trees from some birds. Or maybe just one bird. I’m not sure. I liked what I saw though.
Ah, there it is. This is a photo of a small stream that feeds the primary brook. We’ve got water all over the place around here.
I was glad to see things were flowing and not still a block of ice.
On my way to the water, I was distracted once more by a nice little Hemlock tree pine cone.
For this photo, I was standing on the most western point of our property. I’m facing north, taking a shot of where the brook and the stream meet.
I’d say things are thawing and flowing nicely.
Okay, before I go on. In the above photo, do you see the pile of snow that’s almost directly in the center of the photo, but to the left a bit? For these next few brook photos, that’s where I’ll be standing. I hiked over there and fell through the snow a few times. I can tell you that it’s still very deep. Past my knees.
There are just some pictures of the water flowing. We’d like to start walking around to see if there are any fish in this brook.
Here I am, pointing the camera back at the point in which I was standing a few shots ago.
There are actually some deeper areas of this brook. I was surprised by that. I’d say some sections would be up to my waist if I was standing in there. Other parts would be up to my ankles, but at least it’s diverse.
This is probably the deepest part I saw. It’s got to be over three feet.
This was my best shot of the day. If you told me ten years ago that I would own this piece of classic Maine wilderness, I wouldn’t have believed you. Beautiful, isn’t it?
The stone wall property line appears to stop at the brook. Upon closer inspection though, I can see how it continues on southward for about 50-100 feet, where it crosses over and continues on across the water. Here are two shots of that. This first one is from afar and the second one is closer up.
I’m a stickler for property lines. That’s why I’m so interested in this.
As I was crossing back over the stream that feeds into the brook, I saw an area of ice that looked interesting. It was crystalized, so I took a picture of it.
And finally, for my last picture, I have some of the stones from that rock wall crumbling into the water. At least I know it was once a rock wall.
I hope you enjoyed my little photo walk. Trust me, there’s more to come. Here’s a short video for you in the meantime.