Friday, May 31, 2013

Heading north ...

Summer is upon us, rather quickly I may add, with temps spiking up into the 90's yesterday and today.  But as of tomorrow, that heat will be behind us as The Professor and I head north for the summer.  Our daily views will be looking out at that harbor above.

Gotta love the internet age where work can be done from any location!  The downside for me will be saying goodbye to all my backyard critters for a couple of months.  Our place won't be totally vacant as my daughter and friend will keep things running smoothly and will enjoy having the place to themselves.  (That last comment was for any thieves who might want to scope the place out.  If you do, please start in our basement and take whatever you want!)


 I know I'm going to miss all that activity in the backyard.  
Although up in Maine, there is an osprey nest that will provide me
tons of entertainment throughout the summer as they
raise their young.


My regular visitors need not worry as my daughter will keep all the feeders full.
By the way, did I mention that my female red-bellied woodpecker
found herself a mate.  She lost her mate last year to a hawk.
This guy has been showing up.  He looks young.
I say "You go girl" getting yourself a younger mate!


And the best news of late
 is that two new visitors stopped by.  Ones that I have never seen before!

An Indigo Bunting.
And not just one, but two!

 Aren't they just gorgeous.  
The pics are a bit blurry due to their distance.  
They came by just one day and I haven't seen them since.  
But, oh so sweet to have seen them at least once!

 In addition to them, a Red-Winged Blackbird also made an appearance yesterday!
He was gorgeous as well!


I will miss all that action in my backyard.  
But it will be replaced with a different kind of viewing.
Every morning, lobster boats will leave our harbor 
and come back in the afternoons with their catch.

 Sailboats will come and go.  
And then there will be the hawks and the ospreys and the herons.
And sea glass on the beach.


Oh, how I'm looking forward to my summer in Maine.
And I'll look forward to sharing it with you.
Have a great weekend, my friends!


33 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

yay for indigos! glad your 'home' will be secure and well-tended, too. :)

eileeninmd said...

I am glad your birds will still be cared for, they might still miss you. Loved the photos and I will look forward to seeing some great summer shots!

AshTreeCottage said...

And I am looking forward to reading your posts this summer. Have a safe trip!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

bon bon said...

oww, that first pic sure says summer! too much rain here yet...love your beautiful buntings! hope they make a return!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

we had a ball in Maine recently. such a gorgeous state. ( :

Rose L said...

The photo of the dock and buildings looks like a painting! Cool!

Brian Miller said...

haha....start in the basement and take whatever you want...lol...wonderful color in your birds....travel light

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

Some bird feathers are incredibly colorful. It's astounding.

Liza said...

Ahhh, Maine! Good for you. Looking forward to living vicariously through your blog.

Tabor said...

So very envious that you have such an exotic life style where you can maintain your home and then enjoy the cooler climate elsewhere!! LUCKY YOU! We have the buntings here, but I do not feed during the summer, so that are tucked in the woods.

Barb said...

Safe trip, Reena - I always enjoy your water shots from ME!

Chris Rohrer said...

Have fun! Always love your photos and adventures! While you're heading north, I'll be heading south. Life is wonderful!:)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Have a safe trip back to ME! We are in the mountains of NC right now enjoying some much cooler weather. We saw one lone indigo bunting in FL before we left! Sweet hugs!

GailO said...

I've always wanted to see an Indigo Bunting! How fortunate you are:) I stopped feeding the birds for the summer but maybe I will have to rethink that...

Enjoy your time in Maine...I will be watching for your photos from there. We will be heading up there in August...can't wait!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Reena, how wonderful to be able to enjoy two worlds. I look forward to seeing your view from beautiful Maine. Safe travels to you and your feathered friends that will be left behind too!

christopher said...

I love Maine...spent much time there for a period...haven't been there for a while though.

Enjoy!

S. Etole said...

You find beauty wherever you go. Have a wonderful summer.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, how wonderful! I know you'll love it there. Please share all the happenings with us.

Evelyn S. said...

You lucky gal, you.... I know you enjoy your Maine summers. As for the birds...fabulous! I must say, however, that red-winged blackbird could be the harbinger of a flock! I am speaking from experience. I've cut back on filling my feeders, trying to discourage them, but it isn't working. ;-)

Dianne said...

I can see why you're heading north Reena ... travel safe and enjoy your pretty Summer season.

Country Girl said...

I am so glad for you ~ enjoy!

Daryl said...

the whole summer ... awesome ... see you soon

bailey-road.com said...

The last shot is beautiful, Reena.

jennyfreckles said...

How lovely to be able to decamp to where the weather is most perfect. I look forward to your photos of Maine - the coast there forms part of the tour I'm taking to New England in the Fall.

Claudia said...

Have a wonderful time! I don't think I've ever seen an indigo bunting around here! Gorgeous birds.

xo
Claudia

beth said...

tell me again where you maine you stay ?

Catherine said...

Gosh you have been getting some heat! I'm still waiting for ours. I like all your critters and especially the blue of those birds. So pretty!
xo Catherine

Betty Manousos said...

safe travels! have fun!

i thoroughly enjoyed your photos!

big hugs~

CherryPie said...

I always love to see your humming bird pictures :-)

Enjoy your summer ;-)

Linda R said...

I always love your photos my friend. I can't wait to see your photos from Maine..

Hugs~

Pat Tillett said...

This is the second time I saw an Indigo Bunting I've seen on a blog today. Great post and fantastic photos!

ladyfi said...

Enjoy your trip! These shots are lovely.

Kerri said...

WOW! These images are Gorgeous.... looks like a few you processed with distressedfx. If that's not the app, please share what it was .... you inspire me to try new ones :)

So glad the lady found her another mate too!!