Maine Spring

IMG_0254When we set out on our trip, almost a year ago, I had visions of avoiding winter by following warm weather around the country.  I brought lots of hot weather clothes and flip flops, with a smattering of layers for occasional encounters with cold or rain.  I pictured continuously lounging in warm evening sunlight, drink in hand, tanned and relaxed.

We had a little of that.

Last June at Devil's Tower in Wyoming.

Last June at Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.

But not enough.  We enjoyed some sweet, sunny New England summer weather, but soon after we arrived in Georgia in November—the cold descended.  And it never really let up.  We stayed in Georgia for George’s shoulder surgery, but even if we had moved West as planned, we would have been dogged by unseasonably cold, wet weather.  And we were more susceptible than usual because we were living in a small travel trailer and a poorly insulated beach cottage.  To add insult to injury, while we were cold, shivering, and cold some more, Alaska had record high winter temperatures and little snow fall.  We had traveled to the wrong and ugly end of the polar express.

It did not take me long to break down and buy a variety of pants, long sleeved shirts and coats, while giving the stink eye to my summer clothes taunting me from the little trailer closet.  I needed all of those warm clothes when we left the South in early March and headed to Maine.  We had snow and temperatures in the twenties on our trip north.  Yuck.

It was still pretty cold when we arrived in Maine and we even had snow one night.

Harbor boats in their winter shrink wrap

Harbor boats in their winter shrink wrap

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Seals and gulls--they all look cold.

Seals and gulls–they all look cold.

Then spring—tentatively but surely—started to make its presence known.

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Skunk cabbage.

Skunk cabbage.

Clumps of frog eggs.

Clumps of frog eggs in a swamp.

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IMG_0018We are back in Massachusetts now for a week and it’s still quite cold, even though it’s late April.

I’m looking forward to summer warmth.  I hope it arrives.  One year it didn’t.  In 1816, after a large volcanic eruption in Indonesia, New England had the “Year Without a Summer,” with killing frosts and snow in June and July.  Summer took a vacation and left old man winter to house sit.  With our crazy current weather, who knows what summer will bring.IMG_9507IMG_0184IMG_0142IMG_9518IMG_0216

 

20 thoughts on “Maine Spring

  1. Great pics! The squirrel with a mouth stuffed with leaves made me laugh and that skunk cabbage looks very unusual. I’m assuming it stinks? The pic of you having a drink in the sun looks so relaxing. Great additions made to that Stop sign, too. Thanks!

    • The squirrel-like creature is actually a chipmunk, which is quite a bit smaller than a squirrel (but bigger than a mouse) and has stripes down its back. They can be pretty bold and, as you can see, are on the cute end of the rodent spectrum.

      Skunk cabbage smells if you break it and the flower apparently doesn’t smell very good, although I’ve never noticed it. Maybe because I’ve never gotten close and sniffed it! The weird thing about the skunk cabbage is that it emits its own heat so that it can grow up through icy conditions. It’s one of the first signs of spring in New England.

      • Oh, I am silly not recognising the chipmunk! I should know the difference between it and a squirrel, even though I live in Australia. I’ll use old age and dodgy eyes as an excuse. 😉 Very interesting about the skunk cabbage emitting its own heat. That seems to be a more animal like feature! Thanks.

    • Thanks Lucy. Spring is especially welcome when the winter has been a cold one. The New England spring is nice because it lasts awhile–there’s a gradual transition from winter to summer.

    • It was a “Devil’s Tower” beer, with a picture of the Tower on the label. Did you go to Devil’s Tower on your U.S. road trip? Gorgeous and fascinating place.

  2. It must be so good to see the signs of spring, I loved how you caught the iridescent shine on the duck’s neck and those beautiful crocuses sing of spring. Do hope old man winter doesn’t do any house sitting this year.. Good luck with the house search

    • Thanks. Spring is very welcome this year. That male mallard kept swimming in and out of the sunshine and when it hit his head he practically glowed green!

    • I can’t wait to do some gardening at our new house. I have really missed getting my hands in the soil when we’ve been on the road. Love the pics of your new place!

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