September 29, 2019 Twin Mountain, New Hampshire

Boats, Blueberry Barrens, and New Hampshire Foliage

Since I woke up at 3 AM this morning, I sorted through some more of the images from my stay in the Jonesport, Maine area. As you can see from the image immediately above, my search for foliage in New Hampshire began as soon as it got light.

Still fascinated by the bright colors of the lobstermen’s wharves on Beal Island.

Interesting what I discover when working on these images on the computer.

I certainly didn’t notice him at the time I took the shot, but sitting way up there in the top of a tree on the small island is a bald eagle.

Can’y say it actually adds anything to the image, I just found it interesting to discover it when processing the image.

More from the blueberry barrens in Cherryfield, Maine.

Still am fascinated and love the colors …

… and the patterns out here.

On to New Hampshire

Around 6 AM there was enough light to start out on my hunt for foliage.

These first several images were taken in near darkness as I waited for the fog and/or light cloud cover to move out.

By 9 o’clock the sun made it’s appearance.

After reading the foliage reports, I wasn’t sure what I would find today and was pleasantly surprised to find as much color as I did.

Color at the higher elevations is probably close to peak right now while at the lower elevations, it still has a ways to go.

I might make note of the fact that a Sunday morning, with blue skies and areas of great foliage brings with it some serious traffic! And everyone is either cruising slowly rubbernecking for foliage or blowing by people at 80 mph, making for some very dangerous driving.

I plan on heading back out and retracing my path from this morning after watching the Patriots/Bills game. By duplicating my trip, I will get to see what the light from the West reveals as opposed to this morning’s light from the East.

September 28, 2019 Addison, Maine

Last Chance at Jonesport Boats

Late yesterday afternoon I headed down to Jonesport to take my final shots of the lobster boats moored in the various harbors there and on Beal Island.

The setting sun provided some very nice lighting as I stumbled over the Jersey Barriers at the bridge construction site in order to get out to a point where I could get these shots of the Jonesport boats.

Then it was over the bridge to Beal Island.

The backdrop for a lot of the shots from Beal Island are the buildings in Jonesport.

 

Finally, as the sun set, I hurried out to the end of the road on the island to get a last shot of these colorful boats.

I stumbled off the wharf here in near darkness. And so ends my stay in the Jonesport area, still my favorite spot on the Maine coast, far enough up and out of the way to avoid the crowds of tourists and an old seaport town that still supports a large fishing/lobster fleet.

September 26, 2019 Addison, Maine

 Downeast Shots

I was up and out at the crack of dawn today as the clear skies at the campground promised me a chance to get some early morning boat shots. Only 6 miles later, as I turned into Jonesport and waited to cross the bridge to Beal Island, in came the fog.

As always, right clicking on a photo will open a larger image in a separate window or tab.

I was a little disheartened by the sudden loss of good light, but proceeded across the bridge anyhow to at least check out the lobstermen’s wharves and I am so glad I did. Ended up getting some nice moody, fog shots before the skies cleared.

Just had to go back to the blueberry barrens to see if the color there had intensified any after a week.

Again, I was just amazed at the colors.

I had planned to leave here Saturday morning and head to the White Mountains to see if there was any color there yet, but I am torn since I am enjoying myself so much here in Addison.

I meant to take pictures of my amazing lobster dinner here at the campground the other night, but instead just sat down and dug in when the two pound and three quarter lobsters were delivered to my door. For $6.50 a pound, my hosts here at the Pleasant River RV Park, will let you pick out your own lobster (s) from their onsite lobster pound, then cook it (them) and deliver it (them) to your door. How can you beat that? You can’t even buy fresh lobster for $6.50/lb, much less have it cooked and delivered to you. The campground owner catches these lobsters himself, so you know they are fresh … and they also were delicious!

June 28, 2018 Port Townsend, Washington

Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins

Fawns, Flowers, and Whale Watching

Lounging Blacktail Bucks
Lounging Blacktail Bucks

Port Townsend has a large intown resident deer population, and some would say, a large intown deer problem. Click here and here for local news articles on these urban deer.

Blacktail Buck
Blacktail Buck

It is difficult to drive anywhere in the residential part of town without encountering these beautiful animals.

Backyard Grazing
Backyard Grazing

As a person that formerly maintained a large collection of perennials in gardens around my home and business, I can’t imagine what the folks here in Port Townsend have to put up with in trying to maintain their gorgeous landscaping.

Blacktail Mom and Twins
Blacktail Mom and Twins
Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins

As a tourist here, I enjoy being able to see and photograph these youngsters, there really are few animals as cute as these guys.

Blacktail Fawn
Blacktail Fawn
Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins

To the many serious gardeners here in Port Townsend, I am sure it’s a different story.

Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins
Blacktail Twins

These youngsters obviously can’t read that they are not supposed to be here.

Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers

And here is the reason the inner city is so popular with all these deer, just an unlimited buffet of delectable gourmet deer food.

Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers

Many gardeners in town have erected deer fencing in an effort to keep the deer out. Local ordinances limit the height of any fences to six feet, not an unsurmountable height for for some of these deer.

Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers

A drive around town reveals some very impressive landscaping. I envy the ability to grow such a wide diversity of plants in this environment. The difference in available plant selection in Zone 4 where I gardened and here in Zone 8 is huge. Don’t envy them the challenge of growing some of these flowers amongst the deer herds though.

Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers

Some wonderful dogwoods in bloom right now.

Port Townsend Flowers
Port Townsend Flowers
Tree Bark
Tree Bark

Even the bark of some of the trees is photo worthy.

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Whale Watching Trip on the Redhead

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

A four hour whale watching trip out of Port Townsend was a wonderful way to enjoy a beautiful calm and sunny day ( the only one here so far ).

Orcas
Orcas

The whale watching part of the trip was actually kind of disappointing …

Orcas
Orcas

… spotting only one lone Humpback Whale and one small pod of transient Orcas or Killer Whales.

Orcas
Orcas

Regulations require all boats to remain at least 200 yards from the Orcas and 100 yards from other whales and our captain certainly didn’t come close to violating those rules. I would say we never got within 500 yards of the Orcas, thats over a quarter of a mile away, meaning you could barely discern their large dorsal fins poking out of the water and certainly could not get any kind of decent images of their activity.

Container Ship
Container Ship

But spending four hours on the calm waters of Puget Sound on a nice day was a welcome change of pace for me and there were other interesting sights to see out on the water.

Sea Lions
Sea Lions
Fort Worden Lighthouse
Fort Worden Lighthouse

The Fort Worden Lighthouse is much more scenic from the water than it is from land.

I hope to remain here in Port Townsend through the 4th of July week and then will venture farther out onto the Olympic Peninsula after the holiday week, hoping I might then be able to find a place to stay.

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