The Maine
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Tag: butterfly

So Many Monarchs

photographs and text by Brian Willson Scrambled around this morning to make sure to get to the boat on time. Made it! And within the hour, daughter and I were setting foot on Monhegan Island. A more magical place I’m not sure I’ve ever been to. The usual fall-migration birding hasn’t really taken off yet, […]


haiku by Kristen Lindquist Milkweed blooming now, but no Monarchs here yet. Not yet.

Dodging Swallowtails

haiku and text by Kristen Lindquist Route 52 was a corridor of butterflies today–all along Megunticook Lake, swallowtails rose up before my car, then fluttered away in my wake. My car felt like a large, unwieldy instrument of destruction around such fragile bits of life. Between lake, mountain I try to dodge butterflies in my […]

We All Have Our Reasons: #225

Recent status update: Sailed Frolic from Camden to North Haven in my annual ritual. Glorious out there on the water, alone in the boat but not in the bay. A monarch butterfly making the same trip in the opposite direction visited me and rested briefly, a minke whale surfaced and sank back under, giving me […]

Sweet Routine

text and photographs by Brian Willson In conversation with a friend today, I was reminded that I tend to be a man of routine. I’ve had the same breakfast pretty much every day for years. I’ve ridden my bicycle pretty much every dry day for the last two-three seasons. I’ve hiked Beech Hill with my […]

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