THURSDAY’S SPECIAL – Pick a Word-August Y2

NAUTICAL This could be the life saving boat patrolling Nathan Beach in North Shore, MA. The image was taken during our visit in the last Sunday of July.



SETTING This was a shot of the sun setting over a swamp in Atkinson, ME on our way home after an afternoon of gallivanting in Bangor.
GROWTH I was thrilled to see this logful of little mushrooms when I meandered in the woods to look for mushrooms. Lately, I have been quite interested about mushrooms that I braved to meander in the woods around my in-laws’ place in ME. I did find a lot of mushroom varieties but I did get lost, too. I never got too far from the house but I could not figure out which way to turn to go back. Everything looked the same to me. I have not ventured too far out since then. ūüôā
MOTLEY This was a scene during PAX East’s Game Convention last March held at the World Trade Convention Center in Boston, MA. Thousands of people of all sorts – kids, adults, geeks and not-so-geeks, etc., attended the convention to check out the latest games, buy some toys, play, and in my case, ogle. I did not enjoy the crowds and the long walks to go from one place to the next. My family was quite a fan of the convention and they got me curious. Having satisfied my curiosity, I can say that I prefer smaller scale game conventions.


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The bird who lives here will, for sure, always know which is home. This birdhouse hangs on a tree in front of the main office of Borderland State Park, Easton, MA.
This mailbox belongs to an abandoned house in Sebec, ME.
The House at Four Corners, Sebec, ME.

For Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Anything with Numbers on It.




From the parking lot, we climbed up a hill to go to the forest. The scene below was a welcome sight and promised a great time for adventure and exploration.

in early June, my husband and I had the chance to explore the Rolland F. ¬†Perry City Forest, a.k.a. Bangor City Forest. ¬†It is tucked right in the city of Bangor, Maine. ¬†According to the City Website –¬†

“Rolland F. Perry City Forest encompasses more than 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest in Bangor, Maine, and features more than 4 miles of access roads and more than 9 miles of trails for running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. It is owned by the city of Bangor and open throughout the year.”

In the forest , one can follow the narrower and rougher trails that were named after some forest animals. I honestly thought that if I followed the Moose Trail, I would see a moose, or a deer in the deer trail, or, in a grouse, in a grouse trail. Silly me. The only wild animal I saw was a skittering chipmunk under some evergreens.

My husband hails from Maine but has not heard of this place until we looked for a place to belatedly celebrate our wedding anniversary.

The forest is mostly evergreens. Maine is the Pine State after all. I am just amazed that the trees seemed to have been planted in lines and rows, instead of randomly growing in the woods. Also, the canopy was so thick that the sun hardly reached the forest floor. Because of the lack of light, the floor did not have much growth on it.

I was surprised and not too surprised.

It rained a lot during the days prior to our visit. The swamps were full and dark and buzzing with mosquitoes.

Outside of the bigger cities,  Maine is wild and forested.  In fact, our Maine family home was built in a place that was carved out of the woods.  Everywhere I looked, I would see nothing but woods.  And that may be why my deary husband did not find the need to go looking for woods elsewhere.

The City Forest is a working forest. This sign provides logging instructions.

On my part, I never expected to see a forest in the city.  I just took it for granted that Bangor would naturally have plenty of trees because that is just the way all of Maine is.  I guess I can say that the City Forest is hidden in plain sight.

Like any northeast woods, the forest had plenty of wildflowers, like the bunchberries in the picture, starflowers, lady slippers, among others.

We spent hours walking around this place (and the Orono Boardwalk nearby which will be the subject of a future separate post).  Because we visited during a working day during working hours, not too many people were around.  But there were a some mothers and children, and families who took advantage of the first sunny day in a week of rains.

One could take a walking break on one of the benches tucked on the sides of the trails.

We had so much fun walking (like a young couple), the sun was already setting when we headed out.  What lucky Bangor people to have this kind of place right on their doorstep.

When one gets tired of the rough trails, one can always use the dirt roads that go around the woods. I do not think it would be as much fun though.


DUTCH GOES THE PHOTO’S Tuesday Photo Challenge – Woods



When i thought of things or activities that give (me) satisfaction, gardening was among the first to come to mind.  Every aspect of it Рfrom preparing the soil, to digging, to choosing the plants, even weeding, give me immense pleasure.

Our zucchini plants are starting to produce and sometimes, we have more than we can eat.

Perhaps the joy comes primarily from   the expectation that something good will come out of my labor.  To some extent, I compare the joyful expectancy to a mother expecting to see the baby in her womb, or to see her children grow into beautiful, mature persons.  I find myself visiting the garden everyday to see how much the plants have grown; be sad when pests eat the leaf; rejoice when I see the flowers or the first fruits.  How fulfilling it is to pick the mature fruits.  They make all the effort worth it.

To vary the way we serve zucchini at home, we tried making zucchini bread. This recipe – – turned out to be excellent, notwithstanding the use of nutmeg, a spice I am quite wary of. My zucchini-averse children loved it.

I can only think of one thing more satisfying than harvesting the fruits, and that is, eating them.



P.S.  РShameless plug

In my photo-poetry page, MY WALL, I write about the satisfaction that comes from beholding a wildflower. ūüôā


What is a rose without its fragrance? Just another flower Рwith thorns! Рperhaps.  I cannot think of a rose separated from its  distinctive scent.  That was why, when I had the chance to have a little flower garden and to indulge my dream of having a rose garden (still a dream!),  scent was a big consideration in my choice.


I think that there are about 16 rose plants in the garden, all in varying degree of health. ¬†I humor myself by blaming our heavy clay soil for the roses’ poor performance. ¬† While all of the roses are beautiful, some of them simply stand out because they have a head turning fragrance. ¬†Here are five of the most fragrant roses in our garden:

5.  Oklahoma Rose

Oklahoma Rose

4.   Tamora Rose

Tamora Rose

3. Peace Roses

Peace Roses

I cannot decide between the next two, so I declare it a tie –

2-1. Velvet Fragrance

Velvet Fragrance Rose

Frederic Mistral

Frederic Mistral Rose

I can assure you, that all of the roses, especially ¬†Velvet Fragrance and Frederic Mistral, will stand a smell test anywhere. ¬†Their sweet perfume will stand out anywhere. ¬†As for the yellow rose above, it is Golden Celebration. It is milder than the five mentioned above but is very especial for being yellow. ūüôā


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