The Maine
An artful dialogue about the wonders of the state.

Tag: natural history

Rainbows, September 4, 2012

photographs and text by Jennifer Steen Booher Editor’s note: This week a year ago… Our family had gathered to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday when we were distracted by the drama unfolding in the sky. First a fragment of rainbow began to spring upward from Ironbound Island. Then a second rainbow shot off at a funny […]

The Sound Of Spring

video, photograph, and text by Polly Saltonstall Hear the sound here Some people think frost heaves are the first sign of spring in Maine. I think spring starts much sooner, when the maple sap runs. There’s nothing quite like the first little rush of cold, sparkly liquid out of a freshly installed spile, and the […]


photographs and text by Jennifer Steen Booher There was some very peculiar frost on my car’s spare tire this morning. It looked like tiny feathers, or petals, standing up at a 45º angle. Kind of like ruffled fish scales? It must have a name. Everything has a name, if you ask the right person. The […]

Advent, Day 20: Seeking Sunlight, We Went Looking For Caves

Dear readers, Join The Maine for an adventure a day, each day of this advent season — big or small, by land or sea, with friends or solo, in image or word, exuberant or contemplative, real or conceptual. We live in a state of wonder, its wide open spaces anticipating our hope and joy. Karen Zimmerman is the […]

Cobra Plant: Belle of the Bog

text by Kyrill Schabert phototgraphs by Tony Oppersdorff

Red-bellied Woodpecker

text and haiku by Kristen Lindquist A poet friend writes, “Haiku is the art of meaning what you don’t say.” My flaw as a haiku poet is I’m too narrative-minded. My impulse as a writer is to tell stories, make the connections between what I’m experiencing and what I’m feeling so the reader can be […]

Just Squidding Around

photographs and text by Karen Zimmerman Sydney’s dad shows the soft skin and colors of a squid  Pale and luminous, the squid drift in a group towards our lures, and then scatter. Their movement is smooth, so different from fish that swim with tail flicks and fins. They slide. Propelled by sucking water and then […]

The Belted Kingfisher

text by Tony Oppersdorff photographs as noted Female eastern belted kingfisher, wet from a dive. (photo by David White)  Sexual Dimorphism: Vive la Différence  Sexual dimorphism is a tidy phrase that means males and females of a species can be distinguished by their size, color, shape, or structure. Such phenotypic differences are familiar: male African […]

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