Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cape Split Maine: Inspiring Natural Beauty

Cape Split, in Addison, Maine was the home and artistic inspiration for famous American Artist John Marin. 

John Marin's home and studio are still there and can be visited during Addison's Meet the Artist Day each summer.
Here is one of his paintings done on 1937

Colby College, in Waterville, Maine has a wonderful collection of John's work

As it looks today....much the same as when Marin painted here.

This part of the Maine Coast is protected by several land trusts.

Common Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum)

Rockweed closeup...note air bladders.

Green Sea Urchin (Stronglycentrotus drobachiensis)

Granite with inclusions.  Lots of glacial deposits along the Maine Coast.

Sea Lettuce (Ulva lactuca)

Japanese Rose Hip (Rosa rugosa).  Makes great tea with lots of vitamin C.

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

White Rosa rugosa

Garden Orb Weaver (Areneus sp)

Phlox sp?

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Getting some inspiration.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge: The Hollingsworth Trail

Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge in Steuben, Maine is one of our favorite hikes.  We especially like the Holligsworth Trail....lots of wildflowers, lichens and great views across Dyer Bay toward Bois Bupert Island.

Rocky coastline and beautiful landscapes.  Here is a link to a great blog

The view toward  Pigeon HIll....a great trail with a panoramic view on top.  Part of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

The Petit Manan Lighthouse

The Hollingsworth Trail dedication plaque.

Interesting Lichens

Lots of wildflowers in late summer.

?Wolf Spider web?  (Lycosidae?)

Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) foraging

Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis)

Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Granite Pebble Beach

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Liv with her trusty Nikon D40

Steve shooting with a Nikon D3000 with 55-200mm zoom