In Hancock County, Maine
October's touch turns historic trees into burning beacons and kindles the leaves in our woods into smoldering reds, yellows, and golds. Then, as if to prevent us from taking her beauty for granted, October storms out, scattering the leafy embers with her chilly winds.
Wonderful as she is, October leaves us with increasingly vague memories of what it was like to see roads lined with impenetrable walls of greenery and to walk in the shady woods under a rustling leaf canopy.
That’s why we’re sending you and ourselves October “postcards,” delivered via the link below. These are images that we’ll use later to bring back our memories of October’s special times. We hope to remember the following, among other experiences in the month:
>Being engulfed by the low afternoon light as it honey-coats the landscape;
>Finding macabre Halloween displays that would startle Maine's Stephen King;
>Exploring the mysteries of fungi with the Mushroom Maven, David Porter;
>Walking over blueberry fields as they blush a deep scarlet;
>Saying goodbye to the creatures that left us or went into hibernation during one of October’s changing moods – including our colony of wood ducks, dragonflies and butterflies, frogs, and toads;
>Saying hello to warblers from Canada on their way south and greeting new winter residents, including outrageously coiffed Hooded Mergansers;
>Saying hello to warblers from Canada on their way south and greeting new winter residents, including outrageously coiffed male Hooded Mergansers;
>Seeing many, but not all, "lobstermen" (male and female) haul up their traps and buoys for the season; and,
>Standing in a darkening field as atmospheric winds and the setting sun whip the clouds into strawberry gelato.
You can join us on the virtual version of Remembering October by clicking the link below to see the images, which can viewed in less than 60 seconds. We recommend that your initial screening of the images be a full-frame slideshow. (To make that happen, click on the SLIDESHOW button above the featured [largest] image on the gallery page to which the link will take you.) Here's the link:
Barbara and Dick