I'll start with this beautiful Columbine that was growing in weeds adjacent to the nearby church. Whoever designed this flower had a vivid imagination and feeling for color. It stopped me in my tracks! When you look at it closely, it is like a double flower.....first five rounded petals, then six pointed ones. Come to think of it, the pointed petals may be sepals.

Turtles continue to move toward egg laying sites. I was privileged to observe such efforts over at the campground on Friday. The rain had stopped and the sun emerged to brighten the scene. I strolled around the Lily Pond, causing frogs to jump for cover. I made my way over to the site that gives a clear view of the now abandoned Beaver Lodge. As I surveyed the scene, I noticed something moving under water causing the exposed plants to bend and sway. It wasn't as it they were being chewed, just bumped into, I decided. I was thinking muskrat activity, but changed my mind when I spotted a turtle climbing the hill on the western edge of the pond. I noticed it because its smooth shell shined in the sunlight. I made my way over to that area and soon found the Painted Turtle, presumably climbing to secure an egg laying site. I gave it some help getting up the hill and placed it in a groove where it pulled inside its shell. I went to get some sand from a nearby empty campsite where turtles had laid eggs before. I placed the sand on and around the turtle hoping it would be inspired to lay its eggs. It just sat there. I finally left and placed some branches over the site for protection. The last time eggs were laid in that area, some animal - probably a fox or raccoon - may have dug and eaten the eggs. I will go back soon to see what happened. I am still amazed how the reptile was able to climb a rather steep hill in its pursuit of an egg laying site. To the left is a picture of the animal pulled inside its shell. I guess those toenails are helpful in climbing and digging.

This past weekend, I was introduced to Bath by way of a House and Garden tour. I recommend these tours as a way of seeing more of that beautiful town. Gardens along the Kennebec as well as homes on Washington Street were open to the public. There was also an exhibit of Hooked and Braided rugs in one of the local churches. I thought this one of a turtle was eye catching. I loved the selection of color which rivals those on the Painted Turtle! The photo only shows a portion of the rug which even had some words woven into the fabric. How could anyone walk on such a work of art?

The campground was full of activity over the weekend, including a wedding in the kelp shed! Campers were sunbathing, and playing joyfully on the warm sands. The Rugosa Roses are now in full bloom along the shoreline, adding bright pink color. The bees are busy buzzing and dining on those flowers. I understand the petals are edible, but I couldn't get myself to taste and destroy the beauty. So between floral beauty and turtles on the move, Maine supplies an active and beautiful life. 6/14/09 Ronnie, shell-less, but envious.
PS I went back to the Hermit on Sunday in the rain to check on the turtle. There was no turtle, and no eggs, so I guess the turtle has a mind of its own.