Jul 25, 2009 by Janine
Last week I went to Maine for work stuff. It was my first time visiting the state, and the farthest north in the U.S. I have ever been. At one point we were 15 miles from the Canadian border! I took pictures as often as I could, usually from a moving vehicle, but I am getting accustomed to that method of photography.

We arrived Monday to sunshine and temperatures in the 70's, a welcome relief from the 90+ we have been having in Florida. Some shots as we drove north from the airport, through the mountains:

A sign of things to come

We stopped at one point to enjoy a scenic overlook and saw this tangle of garter snakes forming a "breeding ball." I have never seen this behavior before so it was a treat for me.

Shots of the river:

After a delicious salmon dinner, we went driving up and down on very dark winding mountain roads in search of foraging moose. I am used to doing this type of thing at home, but normally my eyes are on the road looking for snakes, turtles, or other smaller animals. I saw several mice and chipmunks run across the road. So it was pretty shocking when a large moose walked out in front of us:

I couldn't believe it! I was so amazed. Further along the road we saw this mother and baby munching on new shoots at the roadside.

Stay tuned for some more Maine shots from the southern part of the state.


Jul 27, 2009, 13:26:35 pete wrote:

lovely pics Janine. only 15 miles from civilization eh!

Jul 27, 2009, 17:51:57 Tricia wrote:

Stunning views and great pictures J. Well done on finding the Moose - or did they find you?

Jul 27, 2009, 20:26:54 Janine. wrote:

Thanks all. Ha ha Pete.
T, we went searching for the moose after dinner. It was a rather long day, having been up at 4am to catch an early flight, and then out moose hunting till 11pm!

Jul 30, 2009, 04:41:47 oldcrow wrote:

ha, ha, good one Pete. What lovely scenery. So glad you saw some moose. That's a fine circle of stones in the first picture.

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