A painted butterfly (Vanessa Cardui) visiting a mammoth sunflower (Helianthus) in the garden during the early autumn in Maine. The painted butterfly is a common butterfly also known as a cosmopolitan or butterfly of thistle. The painted butterfly is one of the most widespread of butterflies and can be found throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, North […]
Nature & Wildlife
This category contains posts that are related to the nature and wildlife found where I live. I write about birds, insects, animals and the
beauty in nature that surrounds me.
The American toad (Anaxyrus americanus), is a species of toad found throughout the eastern United States and Canada. This species is Maine’s only toad. The American toad is a short and squat amphibian, varying in shades of brown and covered in warts. They are more terrestrial than aquatic. These toads are mainly nocturnal and will […]
A dragonfly (Odonata) sitting on a blooming dark pink phlox flowers (Polemoniaceae). A dragonfly holding onto a purple coneflower head (Echinacea purpurea). A close-up of a dragonfly. A side view of a dragonfly holding onto a purple coneflower. A dragonfly cleaning its face while sitting on the top of a purple coneflower. A dragonfly climbing […]
The information booth at the entrance of the Narrow Gauge Pathway in Carrabassett Valley near Sugarloaf in Western Maine. The Narrow Gauge Pathway entrance rules sign for using the pathway. The Narrow Gauge Pathway entrance sign near Sugarloaf. The Narrow Gauge Pathway bridge entrance over the Carrabassett River in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. The Narrow Gauge […]
A green grasshopper (Caelifera) sitting on a purple coneflower (Enchinacea purpurea). A grasshopper holding on to the Leaf of a purple coneflower in the flower garden. A grasshopper sitting on the leaf of a purple coneflower plant. A grasshopper holding on to the head of a purple coneflower. A grasshopper holding on to the stem […]
The Grasshopper is an insect in the suborder (Caelifera) with in the order (Orthoptera) which consists of jumping insects. Grasshoppers are found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, semi-arid regions and lowland tropical forests. Grasshopper colors can range from green to olive to brown and can also have red or yellow markings. A grasshopper […]
A juvenile American robin (Turdus migratorius) in the yard. A male yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) clinging to a tree in the backyard. A female red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) perching on a fence during the early summer in Maine. A male rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) perching on a fence in New England. A chipping sparrow (Spizella […]
A bumblebee (Bombus) feeding from a malva flower. A bumblebee on a pink rhododendron flower (Ericales). A late spring bumblebee feeding from a white wild celery flower (Apium graveolens). A bumblebee landing on a pink malva flower. A bumblebee feeding from a rhododendron flower. A bumblebee feeding from a purple clover (Trifolium).
Here are just a few photographs of one of my American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) visitors. A side view of an American red squirrel also referred to as pine squirrels, North American red squirrels, boomers and chickarees. A close-up of an American red squirrel in Maine during the winter. An American red squirrel a year-round […]
The following photographs are of just a few of the frequent avian visitors that come to the feeders on a daily basis. I provide these little guys with a variety of foods to keep them going through our harsh Maine winters. A mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) sitting on a wooden post in the falling snow. […]