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Like a Hot Dog in the Sun

Flowers in a vibrant green around the sand. (Jul 4 11:51 a.m.)

The year’s gone by too fast.  It’s already well in to summer.  So on top of the year feeling like it’s gone by too fast, the days are getting shorter again.

Dandies. (Jul 4 12:11 p.m.)

Before summer came, the trees were sprouting, and seedlings fell from the trees.  Once summer hit, hard winds and rain began to knock leaves from the trees— and it can be harsh, some days.  But there always seems to be some kind of flower patch somewhere throughout the seasons.

(Jul 3 11:34 a.m.)

And when the flowers shrivel up, the stems just continue to rise.  Plants will take whatever they can, and adapt however they can.

(Jun 20 5:40 p.m.)

Humans, however, don’t even like being out in the rain.  (Okay, some do sometimes.)

Continue reading Like a Hot Dog in the Sun

Mid-autumn update

(Oct 25 1:47 p.m.)
Broken branch ahead was dangling in the trees until I took it down. (Oct 28 3:10 p.m.)

The trees have shed, and the oranges and browns are setting in.

It’s the last day of October.  And on some calendars, this marks the end of harvest season.  In Celtic tradition, this end is celebrated with the festival of Samhain; tomorrow on the Gregorian calendar is the beginning of winter on their calendar.  In the U.S., however, we recognize … Hallowe’en.

(Oct 28 7:37 p.m.)

This is about as All-Hallows’-Eve as it gets around here.  (A crude face has since been drawn on this pumpkin.)  Fun fact: before pumpkins were used for jack-o’-lanterns, turnips were used.

This year, analysts say consumers will spend some $9 billion on Halloween candy and costumes in total.

(Oct 25 3:58 p.m.)

But I’d rather look at the leaves.  The reds, in particular, come and go fast.

(Oct 23 1:05 p.m.)

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest.  And free.

Back Cove. (Oct 23 11:50 a.m.)

The tidal waves can be mesmerizing.

Fall colors. (Oct 23 1:08 p.m.)

And as far as weather goes, there have been strong rains…

Uprooted. (Oct 25 4:29 p.m.)

And there have been strong winds.

Another uprooted tree. (Oct 25 4:30 p.m.)

And soon enough, maybe as early as this Sunday, there will be the white stuff where I live.  It’s already snowed north of here; on the 24th, cars slipped off the road in Bangor due to early snow fall.  In Canada, snow fell almost as soon as fall began.

(Oct 23 1:15 p.m.)

There always seems to be grass at Crescent Beach.

Dog season. (Oct 23 1:15 p.m.)

And with signs taken down, at least one person hasn’t picked up after his/her dog.

(Oct 23 1:18 p.m.)

…Nevertheless…

(Oct 25 3:59 p.m.)

You gotta take in the sights before they’re gone.

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Some flowers and berries remain.

(Oct 29 2:36 p.m.)

Imagine seeing a double rainbow behind the supermarket right after you parked.  I don’t remember see the fainter rainbow, above, until I reviewed the photos.  I take it that the camera picked it up because digital cameras are more ISO-specific sensitive than the human eye when it comes to direct light, whereas we see a high range mixture of ISO somewhere between 25 to over a thousand.  Our HDR vision enables us to see texture on the moon versus a typical ISO blur with the iPhone, but it can make it more difficult to see some fainter light sources.

Anyway.  It turns out this may have been the double rainbow over Old Orchard Beach, in the distance.  It’s certainly not the first one of the year over there.  Within a few minutes, this double rainbow began to disappear with the clouds.

(Oct 29 11:46 a.m.)

It was a downpour earlier in the day, Monday.  Saco Island Deli helped lift my spirits a bit.  (At least until I fell asleep in the car because I hadn’t gotten enough rest before the day began.)  I tried their Mainah-as-panini special: romaine, Cabot cheddar, pan-seared chicken, uncured bacon and their famous maple aioli.  And I gotta say, they make quality sandwiches!

Downpour. (Oct 29 11:51 a.m.)

The good news is I’ve finally seen a dentist.  The bad news: three cavities, and an eye-popping bill.  Cross my fingers that I’ll get any kind of insurance this year…

At home, the mice have returned.  Sometimes, they’ll brave running around in the house… lil’ bastards.

Big rock. (Oct 25 4:09 p.m.)

Well, that’s it for now.  I hope your Halloween night is a good one! 🙂

Until next time…

(Oct 25 3:54 p.m.)

Summer update

(Aug 12 1:47 p.m.)

So I’ve been falling behind on the blogging front again.  I attribute it to the national news, the negativity and lack of confidence in my voice even though I have enough I’d like to say.

Gotta post some day, so here goes.

Last Saturday wasn’t particularly eventful… in Maine, I mean.  I was invited to a BBQ, but declined because it entailed more sitting around doing nothing.  It’s kind of funny because, despite not going, I saw tiki torches— something you’d see at barbecues— anyway, with the news.  (Not much was funny about what happened in Virginia.)

Participation or no, I needed to get out of the house.  And it goes without saying: most of the opportunities in life are not going to be online.

(Aug 12 1:47 p.m.)

First stop… and without much choice (because I can’t drive): timely photos of Crescent Beach, and with the better camera.  As you can see, the beach was populated.  (With people.)

(Aug 12 2:08 p.m.)

A park ranger at the entryway toll booth asked whether I was native to the state.  Maine gets a fair amount of tourism.

Chipmunk! (Aug 12 1:33 p.m.)

I saw a few animals before I even put my feet onto pavement.  (As always, click to enlarge a photo. …And sorry for the traces of bird poop on the windows.) Continue reading Summer update

Slow summer days

(Jul 29 8:22 a.m.)

Well, it’s one of those weekends.  I got up early Saturday, and walked in the morning.  My body said, maybe it’s best you go back to sleep.  But I didn’t.  I offered my support as someone to talk to… on twitter… and then the day went by, and I became the one who needed social engagement.  I’m thinking about signing up on Reddit, but can’t think of a new screen name.  There really isn’t anything I can do locally.

So.  I might as well get into what happened Tuesday.

(Jul 25 1:01 p.m.)

The day’s notes and events included fallen branches in the driveway… and the Senate’s first day trying to “skinny-repeal” the Affordable Care Act.  (I’ll note that the law, what many on the right call “socialism” is the conservative version of legislation that has been taken to the floor for decades to finally pass.  The proposed healthcare reforms under Nixon was more “liberal.”  But I digress.)

Tuesday was a day scheduled to see the counselor.  We went over the report aimed at enabling access to services regarding my disabilities, and the fun paperwork that entails.  However, I didn’t tell him how I felt that morning.  He knows about my sleeplessness, my isolation, but he doesn’t quite know how I’ve changed.

The day began with a bit of a breakdown.  There’s a big difference between “this sucks, I need to do something” (where I tend to fall back into complacency), and… “I am broken.”  Crying entered the conversation this week with N., my practitioner friend; she said she cries almost every day, to cleanse the heart and reset the emotional state.  I did, briefly.  I got only one more hour of sleep before departing.

(Not my bike.) (Jul 25 2:09 p.m.)

About half of 3 p.m., my mother pulled into the parking lot for Crescent Beach.  Troubles of the day aside, before me was the opportunity to get some summer photos.

(Jul 25 3:06 p.m.)

Continue reading Slow summer days

Another day at the beach (Part II)

Just a taste of the mile-long arc of the beach, bordering on the Atlantic Ocean. (May 13 1:04 p.m.)

Last Saturday, for sake of mental health, I left the house.  It didn’t matter much where I went.  I landed in Crescent Beach that day, and twice returned.  Each time presented the opportunity to think about where things stand in life… and take newer, better photos.  Long story short, I still have some sand in my shoes.

(May 13 1:37 p.m.)

The conditions of the sky turned the color of the visible sun a little bluish.  It wasn’t cold, but an expression, “cold sun” came to mind. Continue reading Another day at the beach (Part II)

Another day at the beach (Part I)

Anjon’s fountain is up and running (some hours). (May 13 12:31 p.m.)

I needed to get away from the house.  Being housebound does not a healthy mind make.  The destination, I guess, didn’t matter considering I geared for the library but wound up at the beach, and didn’t mind.  Twice in three days… I did mind that.  It was a day of playing random music with the iPhone… and again wondering why the heck Bob Dylan made “Ring Them Bells”.

(May 13 12:15 p.m.)

I noticed the purple flowers are (or were) in style— as seen outside some businesses and neighborhoods, on the way to the beach, and even in our own town.  The above appear to be garden phlox… but I’m not sure.

Taraxacum officinale. (May 13 12:57 p.m.)

Dandelions were everywhere near the parking lot.

(May 13 1:02 p.m.)

Continue reading Another day at the beach (Part I)

The leaves, they are a-changin’

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Portland. (Oct 17 4:08 p.m.)

As suspected, the leaves have already changed color in Deering Oaks park.

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Scarborough. (Oct 17 12:59 p.m.)

All over the state (and country), of course.  Approaching one month into the season, plenty of pine cones are still up (or were), as you can see:

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Deering Oaks park. (Oct 17 4:10 p.m.)
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And the berries…

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(Oct 17 4:23 p.m.)
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Crescent Beach park. (Oct 20 2:31 p.m.)

Yeah, some have begun to shrivel up… Continue reading The leaves, they are a-changin’

A day at Crescent Beach (Part II)

Before I continue, I probably should say a little something about the delay of posting today: I made a promise to get the photos up soon.  And I had most of them up in the library already.  I had the tab open, in an early stage of developing the post… I revisited a few things of last year…of other blogs… and I was cut off. The limited data plan broke my promise. …Or forced me to stretch the meaning of the word ‘soon.’  Either way, I’m here now.  At least there are 31 days in May.

…Now. Back to the 14th.

(May 14 3:43 p.m.)

I took another little walk on the beach…
Continue reading A day at Crescent Beach (Part II)

A day at Crescent Beach (Part I)

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Beach sands. (May 14 3:39 p.m.)

In the middle of May, I took the opportunity to snap photos of Crescent Beach state park. My mother visits the park with some frequency during warmer times of the year, and she’d asked me a few times before to come with. It was a good idea— the sights, the air, the walks that are, say longer than one would think.

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Walkway. (May 14 3:48 p.m.)

Continue reading A day at Crescent Beach (Part I)