Tag Archives: Deering Oaks

Entering the Castle…

On Monday, I finally visited the Tiqa Café & Bakery… you know, the little castle in Deering Oaks that became a little restaurant?

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(Oct 17 4:42 p.m.)

The previous time my mother and I visited the park, the place was closed for some reason.  This time, we were only late for the hot sandwiches.

Here is some proof of the experience.

(Oct 17 4:41 p.m.)
Bakery items… and adult beverage list. (Oct 17 4:41 p.m.)

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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.)
(Oct 17 4:23 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’

April showers bring May…snow

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(Apr 26 12:18 p.m.)

Aww… the grass was just beginning to rise…

The skies were mostly blue Monday.  Tuesdays, temperatures dipped low enough that the in-coming precipitation turned into a blend of rain and snow.  The gutters were still dripping (water) during my walk.  I got snow on the sides of my hair despite wearing a cap.

The weather’s returned to spring today. Three sunny days in a row, according to the Accuweather forecast. …But there is still snow on the ground around the house… So… how about some new photos to remind us of what spring is supposed to look like, alright? All right.

The birds were out…

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Two geese joined in with the seagulls and ducks.  (Deering Oaks park.) (Apr 23 4:33 p.m.)
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These ducks were on the walkway.  Nevertheless, I scared them off. (Apr 23 4:31 p.m.)

Flowers on… trees?

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USM Portland parking lot. (Apr 23 2:08 p.m.)

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The insects called it… too early

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Wishcamper Center building, USM. (Mar 17 5:00 p.m.)

Just three days before spring officially kicked off in the U.S., the flies were out.  On day two of spring…

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(Mar 21 10:09 a.m.)

It snowed.  And again, on Thursday.

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(Mar 22 6:23 p.m.)

Only so much snow can melt in one day.  In fact, some white was still on the pines Friday after a ‘dusting,’ with varying precipitation thereafter.

Now, instead of boring you, dear reader, with more pictures of snow, I’ll go back to that day where the flies were out too early.  (Who knows how many died.)  …I may have sprained my right foot skipping to/fro the car…

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USM Portland garage and parking lot. (Mar 17 5:02 p.m.)

This scene, of course, was brighter than what the photos may imply… but I can only adjust the gamma so much without revealing just how washed-out the colors can be (gray pine needles) due to the smartphone camera.

A quarter-hour after leaving USM Portland, my mother and I went to Deering Oaks park, where you could say it looked like spring already— no ice on the pond, the squirrels and ducks out in somewhat larger numbers…

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Ducks Swimmin’ Away from me(!) (Mar 17 5:26 p.m.)

Compare that to March 3rd; the very same pond was partially frozen…

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Another two ducks swimming away… (Click on an image to see the full resolution.) (Mar 3 5:11 p.m.)

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…Yup, still winter

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(Mar 7 4:05 p.m.)

The temperature may have gotten into the 60s Wednesday—60s into the night (walked outside without a jacket well after sunset), but it snowed again twice prior.  The latest dusting took a few days to clear up.  (To see the most recent photo, click here.)  But the big picture of winter, 2015-16, wouldn’t be complete without the effects of the rain, the melting snow, and the dirt…

Mud.
(Feb 22 5:41 p.m.)

Mud season.  Toward the end of February was a whole day of rain, some Wednesday snow, and then some more blanking rain into Thursday morning… with lightning.  (Yay, a thunderstorm! 🙂 )  Even lost power for a moment.

It was worse in other areas on the East coast, with tornadoes and blizzard conditions. …While India had a full-blown water shortage… which isn’t new for the country.  Sometimes it can appear as if we’re getting water that California and India need…

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(Feb 25 2:00 p.m.)

The water in the above image in no way compares to the driveway lakes we sometimes get.  The rain may have cleared the snow, but… mud.  (Squish, squish.)
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