The Latest: (2011)
Irene on the way
Despite some rain......
August Adventures
End of July!
Caterpillars and a naked hermit!
It's July already!
More June events!
June Happenings....
Turtles and clam stories...
Yelling about yellow!
June is busting out all over!
End of May
Butterflies, Newts and more!
A tadpole, a snake & much more!
It's May!
Spring excitement
Easter Greetings!
April awakenings.......
April foolishness?
Marching toward spring....
Signs of Spring?
Clam fun........
A Popham Outing!
Ice fishing 101
Snow outings........
Too much snow!
Morse Mountain in the snow..
More snow........
New Year findings...
Snowy hikes........

(2010)
Happy New Year!
Christmas Eve!
Mid December happenings...
December discoveries...
Things to be thankful for...
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Catching up.....
A Vole for dinner?
Autumn artistry.....
Fall colors......
Frost on the punkin!

Fall in the making
September Delights
A Mix of wonderments...
Hurricane Earl..
Lobsters and Monarchs!
Really low tides......
Sea Stars on the move.....
Invasive crabs and more.....
Low tide outings.....
Stars of the show.....
Holiday activities....
Summer adventures....
Turtle Travels.....
A Hike to Denny Reed Trail...
An Amazing Woodpecker....
Luscious Lupine
Sunrise....
Moons, of sorts......
Fawn Lily and friends...
Alewives, no less.........
The Stars of the Spring Show!
Blue skies and Bluets!
Spring things.....
The big drain.....
Spring marches in......
Has spring sprung?
Maine in March
Monarchs in Mexico!
A wild adventure....
February jaunts....
Anyone for lobsters?
Winter fishing.....
It's February, already!
It's still winter......
Snow scenes....
January changes.....
Up on the mountain....
Blue skies smiling at me.....
A new decade!
(2009)
Christmas is past....
December winds down..
The goose is getting fat...
Winter outings......
Hello December!
Reds and Greens

Fun with fungi.....
End of an era.....
Hello November!
End of October...
October magic.....
Mussels and Monarchs....
Birds and beasts of the season..
Mid September already!
Animal encounter!
The last days of summer.....
Hurricane Bill......
The Calm before the Storm..
Hermits.....
Seawall Beach at last!
Starfish cave......
Sun for a change....
July marches on.....
July 4th happenings....
Goodbye to June
June takes flight....
Turtles on the move.....
Bright spots on the shoreline...
Beauty in Springtime.....
Insect Extravaganza!
Spring Awakenings!
Beetle Mania......
Spring emergences...
Here comes the Fog!
May is here!
Another toad episode.....
A Spring Tonic!
Mid April discoveries.....
Signs of spring.....
New kid on the block!
Strange encounter....
Sap and porcupiines...
Signs of spring?
Blue skies, smiling at me.....
March marvels

Winter contrasts
The demise of a statue...
The Sanddollars of winter.....
Blue skies, smiling at me!
Snow adventures
January beauty...
Tracks to follow
January jaunts.....
More on the dolphin!
New Kid on the block!

(2008)
A New Year!
A Rendez-vous with a Porcupine!
And now ice.....
Our first snow
Something unusual....
Clamming again.....
November sealife..
Another lighthouse....
Hello November!
You never know what's out there
Stormy seas.....
The party's over!
Small sensations.....
Whale tale.....
Polyphemus, oh boy!
Mud and bones......
Poetry on the rocks....
After Labor Day...
A mountain and a lighthouse...
Caterpillar hunting and raising..
More amazements!
An amazing moth.....
Caterpillar and insectivorous plants
Butterfly visits
Holiday celebrations.......
Goodbye June!
The walks begin!
More June discoveries
Joe's Head discoveries....
About that whale!
Near the end of May!
Awakenings.....
Transitions.....
Periwinkling....!
Signs of spring?
Back to nature......
Let the show begin!
Owl encounter!
A winter's hike......
More snow.....
Ice fishing and a porky!
Full moon and lots of discoveries!
Back on the trails..
Owl intrigue......
A snowy outing.....
Happy New Year in the snow!

(2007)
Merry Christmas to you!
First snow of the season
Hello December!
Still lobstering..
Baseball anyone?
October's end.....
Fallen beauty.......
Hello October!
In a caterpillar mode
Insect intricacies..
Did I hear Squid???
Something fishy.....
"Star Gazing" and more..
A berry good year.....
All hale the Monarch!
Hello July!
Milkweed visitors......
A coming out party!
Double delight!
A puzzle and a pulpit!
In the pink......
Stars of the spring show..
Season openings....
Almost 100 dollars!
An unusual encounter......
More spring in Maine
Calm after the storm
The Big Drain!
Spring has sprung?
Where's the green?
Morning has broken...
March madness?
A Beaver on the move..
March wanderings....
Tracking and diving...
Lobsters by the pound!
February wanderings..
Shrimp boats are a coming....
Winter wandering
Anyone for fishing?
Pure Maine!
Hello January

THE STRAND LINE -
August
Wanderings in Maine


From the shores of salty Maine, you are invited to walk, pause and absorb the marvels of nature. From Moon Snails to Opossums, Beach Peas to Skunk Cabbage, we run the gamut through the seasons. Come, share these moments with a Naturalist that finds every excuse to climb the rocks and hit the trails to see how the tide - or night time ramblings - have changed the face of nature. Share your experiences or respond to what is written, drawn or photographed from these walks. Let us walk the tender earth and shoreline to learn and understand the wonders before us. Every new occurance is a question that seeks an answer. Each encounter is a chance to learn. Together we will absorb powerful secrets out in the world of nature. Let us find ourselves, as we forget ourselves.


On the following pages, let us walk together, at a snail's pace, probing the environment with snail-like tentacles.

Climbing the rocks from Starfish Cave!
Ronnie, your editor, is a biologist by training with varied interests and expertise. Why the title for this page? The "Strand Line" is a line of deposits left at the high tide mark. It's there that you will find stranded animals and plants, plus all the flotsam and jetsam that washes up with the tide. In the section of Maine from which these words flow, the tide rises 9 to 12 feet twice a day. When low, or "out", the secret lives of shoreline animals are exposed. The clues are written in the sand. Rocky crevices hold a microcosm of life forms. So, come walk the Strand Line and discover the mysteries.

My winter home was in the hills of Northwestern Connecticut, now I am a full time Mainer. The tides still flow and leave tracings of animals, but on snow and mud are written the stories of their meanderings. We learn to read the "signs" to discover stategies for survival. Plant life tells us stories of seasonal changes. We even take wildflower walks in the cold of winter! Put your boots on and join us! Of course when Spring comes, we shed our caps and mittens to catch the excitement of emerging buds and the renewed activity of animals here on the Maine shoreline.

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2002
A Sanddollar and a Scapula
Nest Clues
Monarch Butterflies
Sea Urchins
On Being Led
Foxfire
A Snake and an Octopus
2003
Caterpillars, Whales & Stars..
Butterflies & Toad babies...
Metamorphosis & more
Orchids, Bones & Dragonflies
Iris Eyes are smiling..
Monarchs and a whale demise
Caterpillars, a turtle & an odd crab
2004
Shrimp interlude
December contrasts
Beach walks & falcons?
October Finale
Mysterious Sand Trail
Splash of color...
Fall findings..
The wonder of it all...
Fishing 101 in Maine
A squid encounter!
Male happenings...
Amazings...
Butterflies, Clams & Sea Slugs
Clam & Chiton stories...
Butterflies, Beaver & a Turtle..
More amazing happenings..
Alone on the Hermit
Back again in Maine...
2005
Seasons Greetings
Not over yet!
Still in Maine..
Thanksgiving
A Nod to Hodding....
Monarchs in November?
October farewell...
Finally October...
September happenings..
Labor Day..
Monarchs and spiders...
More miracles in nature..
Two characters..
Extreme tides...
Seguin swim & snorkeling...
Back in the nature business...
So long for a while...
Following a porky..
2006
Happy New Year!
Christmas in Maine...
A face on the beach..
Winter arrives!
December already!
Thankfulness......
Beaver at last!
In like a lamb
Out like a lion..
Still October
Turtle demise?
October happenings..
A skunk encounter...
Death and survival...
More color and Ernesto
It's the little things that count..
Color in Nature....
Shipwreck & naked Hermits..
Amazing happenings...
Monarch meal plus....
Moonsnail meal..
Eyecatching flowers and stars!
Fresh water interlude
More July happenings..
Egg-citing news!
After the holiday
Happy 4th!
Moth magic
First beachcombing outing..
The business of clamming..
Early Season Delights
Back in Maine!