A Winter's Night at Little Pond- Otisfield, Maine
When I look at this photo, I can tell that it's early in the winter at Little Pond. Come early March, expect several feet of snow to be piled up around the log home.
Arctic Chill- Little Pond Otisfield Maine
On this day, the mercury barely hit zero, with steady twenty mph winds racing across the pond, sculpting the fresh powdery snow.
Black-capped Chickadee- Little Pond, Otisfield, Maine
My father-in-law keeps the local chickadees well fed with several feeders of black-oil sunflower seeds. They are a common sight amongst the white pines and balsam fir of Little Pond.
Balsam Fir- Little Pond, Otisfield Maine
LIttle Pond lies just on the edge of a tension zone between the northern evergreen dominated forest and the mixed forests found closer to the coast. Here, balsam first grow in an even aged stand of low swampy ground.
Sculputured Snow- Little Pond, Otisfield, Maine
As high pressure sets in after a Maine snow, it usually brings with it cold and wind. As the open winds whip across the pond, it sculpts the once-smooth snow into intricate patterns. Without context, this snow might as well be sand.
Little Pond Outlet- Otisfield, Maine
Little Pond drains through a narrow channel that is constantly being dammed by beaver. Local trappers keep the population in check so the bog vegetation surrounding the lake does not become completely inundated. Here, they have turned the channel into a fairly significant frozen-over pool.
Night- Little Pond, Otisfield Maine
An almost-full moon coupled with fresh snow make for a brilliantly lit scene, despite the fact that the sun had dropped below the horizon several hours before this photograph was captured.
White Pine, Red Oak- Little Pond, Otisfield Maine
Saplings of white pine below the recliningg branches of red oak in late November, touched by a hint of snow.
Across the Pond- Little Pond, Otisfield Maine
A frost greets the conifers on the far side of the pond. The colors and textures are the result of at least four separate species in this scene- black spruce, white spruce, balsam fir, and white pine.
Black-capped Chickadee, White Pine- Little Pond, Otisfield Maine
Inspired by the State's license plate, a black-capped chickadee peers down, waiting for the next available place at the feeder.
Ephemeral Stream- Little Pond, Otisfield, Maine
Maine is known for its variable weather- Sometimes, cold wet summers last through July. When the forests see this much rain, rivulets form where there is usually no water, creating temporary cascades that last until the rains cease.
Painted Trillium- Little Pond, Otisfield Maine
Endangered and threatened with extipration in Ohio, painted trillium (Trillium undulatum) grows in sparse clumps on the floor mixed forests around Little Pond
Pink Lady's Slippers- Little Pond, Otisfield Maine
Often growing in colonies, these two lady slipper blooms mirror each other. These are scattered throughout the drier, acidic uplands.
Round-leaved Sundew- Little Pond, Otisfield Maine
Common only in bogs, the roud-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) uses stick-tipped glands to attract insects. Once captured, the plant wraps around the bug, capturing it and consuming it with extracted enzymes.
Song Sparrow, Maine