Today's photo is of the pier at Old Orchard Beach in November. The beach was deserted, the entertainment was closed down and all that remained were seagulls, sand and the ocean. Although it was extremely windy and cold, I enjoyed my first visit to the beach. Quite frankly, I was happy to visit during the off season when I could enjoy the natural beauty of the place without the distractions of modern life.
Today's photo is a frozen dewdrop or raindrop. The perfect little sphere was frozen in time when the temperatures dropped here in Maine.
According to an ancient Arab legend, dewdrops filled with the light of the moon fell from heaven and landed in the sea where they were swallowed by oysters creating luminous pearls. I prefer to think of them as the jewels of fairies that hide among the flowers.
Today's photo is of raindrops on a blackberry vine. I love the beautiful fall colors in the background. This was taken a few weeks ago along the roadside where I live.
Today's photo is a young red squirrel. Two of them arrived as babies in my yard in the spring of 2016 and have remained ever since. This photo was taken last winter. Although they have grown, they still frequent my bird feeders and I'm sure will be the subject of many photos throughout the winter. According to the Adirondack Ecological Center the red squirrel's average lifespan ranges from 3 to 5 years, but some can live up to 10 years. Neither of these squirrels had babies this summer, but I am hopeful I will see new babies in the spring.
In my location red squirrels are rampart, but there are very few gray squirrels. According to some sources, even though they are much smaller than the gray squirrel, red squirrels are more aggressive and will chase gray squirrels out of their territory.
They can become a nuisance at bird feeders, but I prefer to feed the squirrels as I enjoy their antics in the yard.
Today's photo shows a male and female ruby throated hummingbird buzzing around a bouquet of wildflowers. These tiny birds summer in Maine, arriving the first week of May and heading south again sometime in September. They are a welcome sight in Maine gardens and backyards. While many Maine residents provide feeders to attract hummingbirds to the backyard, they can be found buzzing around flowerbeds or feeding on native flowers.
Today's photo was taken a few days ago along the little dirt road beside my home. It is lined with both maple and beech trees that make a good show of color in the fall. It also provides ample opportunities to photograph wildflowers and insects during the summer. In winter, whitetail deer can often be seen foraging for buds and twigs.
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Today's photo is a dandelion seed head from my backyard. These delightful flowers have been the subject of folklore and legend for hundreds of years. In my region children are taught that if you make a wish and then blow on the seed head, your wish will come true - but only if all the seeds are blown away.
Other beliefs include:
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Today's photo was taken last May with a vintage film camera macro lens on my DSLR using an adapter. This lens does an amazing job of capturing the sparkle in dewdrops and is great in good light. It doesn't match my 85mm Macro for all-around shooting, but if the conditions are right it can capture amazing shots. As an added bonus, the vintage lens creates a hexagonal bokeh; whereas, modern lenses create round bokeh.
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Today's selection is another 3D pop out photo created in Photoshop. I captured this inquisitive raccoon last summer when he came to check out my bird feeders. He was kind enough to stop and pose for me before he continued on his way.
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Today's photo selection was created in Photoshop to make the butterfly pop out of the photo. The butterfly is a Silvery Blue Butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus). It is similar to the Eastern Blue Tailed Butterfly. This tiny butterfly is a common sight in late spring and early summer. It can be found in backyards and along roadsides throughout Maine. I took the original photo this spring.
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