The days of March are now a precious few, and feel quite wintery. I've had some interesting outings that have taken me off the Phippsburg peninsula. I can't remember when I last was at Reid State Park, but a gathering in remembrance of the passing of a first cousin drew me over to Georgetown. After visiting with family and old friends, I decided to check out the park since it had been so long since I'd been there. It was a fitting end to an emotional day, with bright skies and sparkling waters. Reid State Park has some interesting characteristics that make it quite different from Popham, though both have views of Seguin lighthouse. As you drive into the park, there are bodies of fresh water where I spotted a beaver lodge visible from the road. There are trails once you get to the parking lot, leading along the shoreline and down to an inlet safer for swimming on warmer days. You can climb rocks on one end and view the expanse of ocean beach and east to a lovely inlet and small tidal islands. I was entranced by the scene and vowed then and there to return. Of course, these areas are most beautiful when there aren't crowds of people. I might have seen five people while there, despite its being a beautiful weekend day.

The picture taken to the left shows the scene at Reid State Park looking west toward the mouth of the Kennebec. The photo on the opening page was taken at the park, as I crossed a tidal bridge to reach the parking area. I couldn't resist stopping to record the scene.

Let's see, we are now into April and just had another snowstorm of all things. It won't last long since the temperatures are supposed to get back into the upper forties. Since my trip to Georgetown, I've had a couple of local outings. Chris Sewall is tapping trees and will be making Maple Syrup despite the snow. He told me he has 40 gallons of sap to evaporate! I also trekked out to Small Point before the snow. There, the most remarkable sighting was that of several hundred seals basking on the rocks in what is known as Seal Cove. I was along on the outing and wondered if I was hallucinating! The seals were too far away to record accurately their presence with my camera, but binoculars helped in convincing me that was what they were. I may get someone out there in a boat, or with a better zoom lens to share with you the scene. Don't hold your breath, however. Chunks of ice have been making their way out of coves and down the rivers to the ocean as seen in the picture to the right. I also wanted to share a creature that made an appearance at a talk on Nocturnal Mammals. Any idea what this is? It is an albino Porcupine of all things, but does give you a chance to see the animal up close and personal....note those fingernails! 4/2/11 Ronnie, entranced by a Porky.