Monday, June 25, 2012

Kayaks and ospreys

The Professor and I are spending some time up in Maine.  He, of course, will be doing research(y) kind of work while I manage some construction we are having done.  Sunday ended up being a beautiful day and we had the opportunity to try out our new kayaks.  It was awesome!





We paddled far out into the bay and I captured this shot of Mount Battie.  I only had my little point-and-shoot.  Just not confident enough yet to drag my 35mm out there on the water!

Edna St. Vincent Millay, who was a resident of the area, 
 immortalized the view from Mount Battie in her 1912 poem "Renascence":
 "All I could see from where I stood 
was three long mountains and a wood. 
I turned and looked the other way 
and saw three islands in a bay."

: : : 

Of course, I've got to include a bird story.
Out in the harbor, there is a stand for the Osprey's to nest.
They apparently come back every year, mate and raise their young.
When we were here in April,
they both had arrived and were doing some repairs
on their nest.

It was delightful to watch them carry large sticks and arrange and rearrange 
until they had each one just right.

Of course, in between some of that work, they had to make time
 for some other activities.





And then it was off again, to find more timber.


 Well, here we are late June, and below is the little fella that is a result of their industrious work.
He has been so noisey, calling out for them to 
bring him food in between his lengthy practice flights.





And speaking of practice, I hope to get a lot more kayaking in.
And maybe even figure out how to safely take my 35mm out with me!


Hope your week is getting off to a great start.
I'm off to shop for toilets ... how much fun is that!!!
Not.

Later, my friends,
 

41 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

good luck w/ the re-do construction! yucko!

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous place, terrific captures! I love the water and such a fun way to spend a day! Beautiful birds! Hope the construction goes well and good luck with the toilet shopping!! What a way to start the week! I love it!

Sylvia

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I *really* like the coast shot (#1), kayaking there looks fun!!

It never ceases to amaze me just how many ways we can reinvent a toilet and how much money one can spend.

grammie g said...

Hi Reena...It was a lovely day yesterday here in wonderful Maine wasn't it..love those clear blue skies and puffy clouds!!
I want a kayak...but I would feel the same about having a good camera with me ...you do take in some water..at least when I have been in one...maybe it is just me..: }
I do and have been hearing the rumble of thunder for sometime now, and hoping it stays away !! Seems it might be a good time to look for toilets!! ; } Rain is in the forecast!!
Gorgeous pik's with the point and shoot ...those Osprey are amazing ..so BIG!!!
Grace

ds said...

Thought you'd finished with renovations...NOT ; )
Love Maine, love Ospreys, love Millay...love this post. Thank you.

ladyfi said...

Shopping for toilets? Don't get all flushed... (Sorry for the bad pun!)

Great pics - as always.

Madi and Mom said...

Reena...I don't know what you did early on in your life but oh my gosh you have found your calling in life.
Your photography is National Geographic worthy. I love the first two....just for the relaxing that invite.
Hugs C

Florida Farm Girl said...

Glad you're spending some time up north. I've never been brave enough to attmpt a kayak, cause I'm not a wonderful swimmer. Went canoeing one time and that was enough. Sometimes I do envy those who seem at home on the water. Have fun.

My Journey With Candida said...

Hahahah... just read Ladyfi's comment. She is the funny one. Great pictures of the Osprey and .... I want a kayak.

EG CameraGirl said...

Maine is definitely one of my favourite places! The kayaks look like tons of fun.

Brian Miller said...

nice...gorgeous views...and great as well to see the ospreys building the next....i love to kayak!

CherryPie said...

Lovey views and like the brightness of the kayaks against the blue :-)

Dianne said...

You live such an adventurous life Reena ... wonderful to see the world through your eyes.

S. Etole said...

That top photo looks like a painting. Such a beautiful state.

Country Girl said...

So jealous! I love your new kayaks. And the osprey shots. Enjoy!!

Kathy said...

Ospreys make the neatest nests! Maybe you can incorporate the old toilet into your bird feeding area. Well, maybe not!

Mark said...

Beautiful area for sure, love the nest activity, you always capture the coolest stuff.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

How fun to learn kayaking. Enjoyed the ospreys photos with their nest-building and other activities. Delightful. :)

GailO said...

Such a gorgeous weekend all up and down the coast!

We have lots of ospreys where we keep our little sailboat and they are always fun to watch catching fish and nesting...one year they decorated the nest with colorful pieces of fabric...but not this year:(

Love your kayaks! I can't seem to talk my husband into that...

Pat said...

Terrific shots, Reena!

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful photos Reena. Osprey are so beautiful, I love to watch them fish.

rainfield61 said...

You have a lot of fun while proffesor is working so hard.

Not fair to him, my friend.

Daryl Edelstein said...

the only difference between the P&S and the 35mm (aside from $$) is the zoom ... back from my get-away and struggling to catch up .. hey!!!

islandwonder said...

Now that the nest was almost complete, they needed to get some babies on the scene. :)

Suldog said...

I love watching a bird build a nest. There's something very relaxing about it. Perhaps it's the idea of me not having to do the work :-)

Jennifer Richardson said...

what an amazing opportunity!
those photos are pure joy!
cameras and kayaks...happy shiver:)
-Jennifer

beth said...

that looks like sooooo much fun !!!

Kamana said...

it looks so peaceful

Bob Bushell said...

The Osprey are beautiful, good that you caught them when doing your trip kayaking.

Rosemary Aubut said...

You always tell such an interesting story with your photos! Well done beautiful scenery!

Ivanhoe said...

I would not dare to bring my "good" camera on the water either. Too precious to loose it :)
Have fun kayaking!

Ross said...

What great shots! Looks like your really enjoying those new kayaks! It looks really beautiful there. A lot like my cabin on Vancouver Island. Enjoy your time there.Only another couple of days before we move out to our lake for the summer!

Vagabonde said...

I found your blog by chance and stopped to look at your beautiful photos. You must have a big telephoto to take such close-ups of birds. When we were in Long Island I saw an osprey nest but it was far away so I enjoyed looking at yours. I noticed you wrote a post on Istanbul so I’ll come back to read more. My father was born in Istanbul and I went there for 4 months when I was a child but I don’t remember much.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful place and wonderful views of mountains and birds. hope you get to enjoy your kayak between that reno work.

Linda R said...

New Kayaks how fun. I love to kayak. and I have to say I don't like to take my good camera out there on the water either. Love your shots.

Hugs~

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

two of my favorite things, kayaking and ospreys ~ I visit a osprey nest almost daily but haven't been out in the kayaks lately. maybe this week

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Pat Tillett said...

Great photos of a beautiful place! The first grouping would have been great with just blue skies, but with those awesome clouds, they are beautiful!

RedWillow ~ Beauty Seeker said...

I love the photos. The first took my breath away.

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful place, the scenery is gorgeous. Love the osprey too. Great captures.

Liz said...

Beautiful images! I love the dramatic sky in the second.