Saturday, March 31, 2007

Mast Landing Sanctuary & Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

This morning I went to Mast Landing Sanctuary and Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park. Before going out, I played around with my camera for about 10 minutes, and finally figured out which settings were which. I marked with a silver uniball pen 4 settings so I'd at least know a few of the common settings I liked using, and could still use despite the lack of display.

I started with Mast Landing Sanctuary since it was on the way to Wolfe's Neck. There was nothing too exciting for the most part, but two things caught my eye. One place was a little off the was a waterfall, which may have only been accessible due to snow and ice covering the water that led up to it. I didn't get any really good pictures out of it, but I'll share a picture anyway. The other thing that caught my eye, was an animal. From a distance I thought it may be a dog, but as I watched it move, I realized it wasn't a dog. I couldn't quite figure out what it was until I decided to follow it. There was a stone wall nearby, so it seemed a very safe vantage point. As I finally reached the wall and looked over, I saw it below and ahead. I walked carefully until I knew I was close to it and peaked over the top. After I "hunted" it for a few minutes, snapping a few pictures and following it's path along the wall, I finally realized it was a porcupine. Now I was glad I was up watching from a safe point. I guess I learned a lesson about following wild animals..unless it's safe, or a safe animal (like a duck!), just don't do it, you never know what you'll run into. I was very excited to have come across it though. I didn't get any great pictures, but I'll share the one I took that came out OK. I'll have to say, Mast Landing Sanctuary was very peaceful. There was only one other car there, and I only ran into one person at one point during the trip. I very much enjoyed that time alone.

It was the last free day to go to Wolfe's Neck, so I thought I'd check it out to see what it was all about. Though Wolfe's Neck was pretty crowded, it was still nice. There were a few very nice spots along the rocky shore.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Falmouth Nature Preserve

These were taken at Falmouth Nature Preserve in Falmouth, ME. It was a hard place to find, luckily I had a friend along to direct me. It ended up being this VERY tiny dirt road which I never would've seen. The preserve would most likely look better in the summer, so I'll have to return to check it out. The water was muddy, and looked more like a sewer.. the colors were, bleh. It's the time of year though mostly. It's a great time to work on figuring out my camera now that it's broken though! I failed in knowing what setting it was on the whole time I was out, and somehow it magically changed to an even worse setting. I found out only after returning home and looking at what I had taken. Lesson time before I go out, I'll check to make sure it's on the right setting.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Willard Beach

I was getting ready to go out, and was about to charge my battery, when I somehow managed to drop my camera. It is now broken, but still functional. Unfortunately the display is completely broken, and that is the only way I can use many features, and even see what setting my camera is on. The dial to tell which setting it's on is so old that the actual indicators have been rubbed off.. So..I went out to test the camera to see if it was still working. Here is the only photo I took at Willard Beach in South Portland, that I thought was worth sharing! Unfortunately I'll have a hard time with the macro function, which I love. I can't afford my new camera yet, but I'm hoping I'll have enough saved by June! Don't want to miss out on the summer..and I'm going to Alaska in late August-September, so I absolutely need a camera for that!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Presumpscott River Trail

These were taken at Presumpscott River Trail in Windham, ME.