NOVEMBER MARVELS AND A NOD TO HODDING!
It's November all right, but not the usual. Last year we had snow about this time, but this year we have rain. I walked in the fog today, and looked far and wide for color. The red leaves of the Huckleberry have blown asunder, as have the yellow foliage of the Rugosa Rose. For color, I was well satisfied with the petite leaves of Potentilla tridentata. These are the lovely rock clinging plants that send up a white flower in spring. At this time of year, its foliage is turning red, and only the dry stalk of the flowers blows in the breezes. Here it is accompanied by Reindeer Lichen, moss and red stems of Huckleberry.

Not far from the shoreline, were other colorful plants that provide an edible berry suited for a November feast. Yes, you can pick your own Cranberries these days if you know where to look. I found these on Joe's Head in a wet pocket. They are tart but choice edibles, and I may just pick a few for a Thanksgiving treat.

How many of you remember the name Hodding Carter? Those of you who watched and followed the building of the Viking Ship in Rob Stevens' boat house may recall the man that spearheaded the building of this boat (called a knarr), a replica of Leif Ericksson's viking ship that sailed from Greenland to Newfoundland back in the early days of navigation. Hodding secured the funds for the project, but also was a member of the crew that successfully crossed those frigid waters 1000 years after the original voyage. Now, it seems, this fellow is not only a sailor but a swimmer of note! We swam together in a recent meet at the Bath YMCA. Hodding, at 43 years, won his events in excellent times: 50Free 23.07, and 100Free 51.84. He also touched out one of Maine's premier swimmers in the 50Fly, but I didn't get his time for that one. Seeing Hodding again, after those exciting sailing adventures, was heart warming. Incidentally, the viking voyage was described in detail in a book he wrote, VIKING VOYAGE, In Which an Unlikely Crew of Adventurers Attempts an Epic Journey to the New World. The picture to the left shows Hodding in front of the viking ship being built on Hermit Island. Next time, I will take my camera to show what he looks like these days. For one, I can tell you his hair is shorter!

 I've been enjoying some beautiful and colorful sunsets these days. Remember when the sun set between 8 and 8:30PM last summer? Now, it is setting closer to 4:15PM. For those of you who picked a rock to settle down and watch the show in warmer weather, now the sun is setting farther south. In fact, it seemed to be dropping down behind East Brown Cow island. Here is a picture I took near the Kelp Shed as the sun set below Joe's Head.

Enjoy these November days as Thanksgiving approaches quietly. 11/18/05 Thankful Ronnie.