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Monday February 8, 2016
  • No, this isn’t a charcoal painting or a black and white photo. Scott G. McMullin of Scarborough captured this image of Plummers Island, with sea smoke rising from the Nonesuch River and Scarborough Marsh.
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    No, this isn’t a charcoal painting or a black and white photo. Scott G. McMullin of Scarborough captured this image of Plummers Island, with sea smoke rising from the Nonesuch River and Scarborough Marsh.

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  • Moments after watching a flock of about 20 mallards waddle across a road, Erik Bartlett of Casco caught a few of them in flight.
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    Moments after watching a flock of about 20 mallards waddle across a road, Erik Bartlett of Casco caught a few of them in flight.

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  • Like a plane lowering its landing gear, this dark-eyed junco gets ready to land on a feeder, and Tony Scarapelli was fortunate enough to capture the image.
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    Like a plane lowering its landing gear, this dark-eyed junco gets ready to land on a feeder, and Tony Scarapelli was fortunate enough to capture the image.

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  • This eagle was cruising above a field in Casco, perhaps looking for a meal, when Francis Baldwin got this photo.
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    This eagle was cruising above a field in Casco, perhaps looking for a meal, when Francis Baldwin got this photo.

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  • Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk spotted this seal relaxing on the marsh grass in Wells Harbor.
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    Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk spotted this seal relaxing on the marsh grass in Wells Harbor.

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  • A cardinal and a goldfinch were among the visitors recently at Carroll Gautreau’s bird feeder in Scarborough.
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    A cardinal and a goldfinch were among the visitors recently at Carroll Gautreau’s bird feeder in Scarborough.

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  • Frequent Your Turn contributor Kelly Mull of Scarborough submitted this photo of the calm after a storm.
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    Frequent Your Turn contributor Kelly Mull of Scarborough submitted this photo of the calm after a storm.

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  • A downy woodpecker, top, and a cardinal hang out at Erik Bartlett’s home during a recent snowstorm in Casco. Bartlett said the cardinal was about to go to the seed feeder, and the woodpecker headed to the suet.
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    A downy woodpecker, top, and a cardinal hang out at Erik Bartlett’s home during a recent snowstorm in Casco. Bartlett said the cardinal was about to go to the seed feeder, and the woodpecker headed to the suet.

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  • After an unseasonably mild December, winter has arrived in southern and central Maine, and Dmitry Pepper of Whitefield captured the beauty of the season after a recent storm.
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    After an unseasonably mild December, winter has arrived in southern and central Maine, and Dmitry Pepper of Whitefield captured the beauty of the season after a recent storm.

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  • Lee Ann Kinens of New Limerick snapped this shot of a blue jay getting ready to enjoy a snack.
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    Lee Ann Kinens of New Limerick snapped this shot of a blue jay getting ready to enjoy a snack.

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  • Could be prospective nestmates in Kelly Mull’s Scarborough yard, the bright red male cardinal and the paler female that seem to be eying each other as romantic interests. One thing for sure: They both are beautiful in the freshly fallen snow.
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    Could be prospective nestmates in Kelly Mull’s Scarborough yard, the bright red male cardinal and the paler female that seem to be eying each other as romantic interests. One thing for sure: They both are beautiful in the freshly fallen snow.

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  • The dawning of another day on  Forest Lake, where Paula Curcio of Gray was up to greet the sun.
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    The dawning of another day on Forest Lake, where Paula Curcio of Gray was up to greet the sun.

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  • Like water off a duck’s back, frigid Perkins Cove doesn’t faze the many harlequins that gather in the Ogunquit inlet on a sunny but chilly January day while Denise Johnson of Cape Neddick observes from above.
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    Like water off a duck’s back, frigid Perkins Cove doesn’t faze the many harlequins that gather in the Ogunquit inlet on a sunny but chilly January day while Denise Johnson of Cape Neddick observes from above.

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  • Freezing temps nothwithstanding, blue jays don’t fly south. “Bring it on,” this one seems to tell the thermometer in George Kostovick’s Harrison yard.
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    Freezing temps nothwithstanding, blue jays don’t fly south. “Bring it on,” this one seems to tell the thermometer in George Kostovick’s Harrison yard.

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  • The red-tailed hawk hovers with minimal wing-flapping because of the strong southerly wind coming up the York Bluffs on Nubble Road, where Denise Johnson of Cape Neddick was looking up.
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    The red-tailed hawk hovers with minimal wing-flapping because of the strong southerly wind coming up the York Bluffs on Nubble Road, where Denise Johnson of Cape Neddick was looking up.

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  • Joy Page finds similarities between this Ocean Park wading bird and Donald Trump, and upon further review, there may be some resemblance. And those talons, Page reports, have proven fine for snagging bait fish.
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    Joy Page finds similarities between this Ocean Park wading bird and Donald Trump, and upon further review, there may be some resemblance. And those talons, Page reports, have proven fine for snagging bait fish.

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  • David and Sandy Cleveland say this pileated woodpecker is a frequent visitor in their Raymond yard, and has been getting closer and closer to their house.
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    David and Sandy Cleveland say this pileated woodpecker is a frequent visitor in their Raymond yard, and has been getting closer and closer to their house.

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  • Black and white imagery says it all, as branches remain surrendered to the weight of snow near the Scarborough marshlands. Come spring they’ll again be vertical and green, but in the meantime Kelly Mull will have ample opportunties to hone her impressive photo skills with more images of winter wonderlands.
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    Black and white imagery says it all, as branches remain surrendered to the weight of snow near the Scarborough marshlands. Come spring they’ll again be vertical and green, but in the meantime Kelly Mull will have ample opportunties to hone her impressive photo skills with more images of winter wonderlands.

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  • Nothing like the snow in Kelly Mull’s yard in Scarborough to make this young blue jay stand out as it takes a break from foraging for seeds.
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    Nothing like the snow in Kelly Mull’s yard in Scarborough to make this young blue jay stand out as it takes a break from foraging for seeds.

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  • Clouds that hung over the White Mountains lifted just before sunset, when Mary Heroux of Center Lovell was there to witness the heavenly drama.
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    Clouds that hung over the White Mountains lifted just before sunset, when Mary Heroux of Center Lovell was there to witness the heavenly drama.

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  • A northern goshawk scans the terrain in Buxton for anything small, furry and edible, while Dave Sjulander silently approached the raptor for this impressive shot.
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    A northern goshawk scans the terrain in Buxton for anything small, furry and edible, while Dave Sjulander silently approached the raptor for this impressive shot.

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  • All was calm, all was bright as a Christmas Eve sunset turned the skies a dramatic hue over Mt. Misery and Ingalls Pond, where Colin Smith of Portland was able to capture it from Route 113 in Baldwin.
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    All was calm, all was bright as a Christmas Eve sunset turned the skies a dramatic hue over Mt. Misery and Ingalls Pond, where Colin Smith of Portland was able to capture it from Route 113 in Baldwin.

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  • Hunting season might be over, but one can’t fault this deer for taking no chances by lingering near Erik Bartlett’s Casco home where it’s safe and welcome and has plenty to feed upon.
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    Hunting season might be over, but one can’t fault this deer for taking no chances by lingering near Erik Bartlett’s Casco home where it’s safe and welcome and has plenty to feed upon.

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  • Hanging ice makes this log look like a great alligator waiting to snatch something from the river beneath the A-1 Diner in Gardiner. By Drew Masterman of Portland.
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    Hanging ice makes this log look like a great alligator waiting to snatch something from the river beneath the A-1 Diner in Gardiner. By Drew Masterman of Portland.

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  • Foggy bottom, Falmouth style, as captured by resident Sheila Mayberry while driving on Winn Road on a mild morning last week. But it can’t be too far down the line when Mayberry will able to capture an equally vivid image of a wintry landscape.
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    Foggy bottom, Falmouth style, as captured by resident Sheila Mayberry while driving on Winn Road on a mild morning last week. But it can’t be too far down the line when Mayberry will able to capture an equally vivid image of a wintry landscape.

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  • Sure beats pecking a tree for insects, although when Bob Keithley hung a suet feeder in his Saco yard, he probably wasn’t expecting a hairy woodpecker.
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    Sure beats pecking a tree for insects, although when Bob Keithley hung a suet feeder in his Saco yard, he probably wasn’t expecting a hairy woodpecker.

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  • The blue heron fishing in a tidal pond on Scarborough’s Eastern Trail only looks like it’s caught a fish. It’s really a leaf, says resident Nancy Rose. Better luck next time, wader.
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    The blue heron fishing in a tidal pond on Scarborough’s Eastern Trail only looks like it’s caught a fish. It’s really a leaf, says resident Nancy Rose. Better luck next time, wader.

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  • Thompson Lake in Otisfield has never looked so dramatic in her nearly 20 years of shorefront living, says Robin Sayre of Casco, and this photo makes it hard to contest her statement.
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    Thompson Lake in Otisfield has never looked so dramatic in her nearly 20 years of shorefront living, says Robin Sayre of Casco, and this photo makes it hard to contest her statement.

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  • Almost looks like John Belushi just prior to a memorable albeit disgusting scene from “Animal House.” But this little fellow was merely stocking up for the winter. Nothing in those stuffed cheeks went to waste, says Jamason Mui of Wells.
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    Almost looks like John Belushi just prior to a memorable albeit disgusting scene from “Animal House.” But this little fellow was merely stocking up for the winter. Nothing in those stuffed cheeks went to waste, says Jamason Mui of Wells.

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  • Cathy Wilkie Conley says five baby raccoons were born near her Alfred house, and these must be the late bloomers as the others have since moved on, perhaps finding the garbage cans and bird feeders greener elsewhere.
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    Cathy Wilkie Conley says five baby raccoons were born near her Alfred house, and these must be the late bloomers as the others have since moved on, perhaps finding the garbage cans and bird feeders greener elsewhere.

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  • The mild autumn may have delayed these geese from their southbound flight, but they were flying with a purpose at sunset Nov. 25 when 9-year-old Michael Malia took this dramatic photo just above eye level atop Jockey Cap in Fryeburg. Minutes later, the Beaver Moon rose over Mt. Tom, said Malia’s dad, Peter.
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    The mild autumn may have delayed these geese from their southbound flight, but they were flying with a purpose at sunset Nov. 25 when 9-year-old Michael Malia took this dramatic photo just above eye level atop Jockey Cap in Fryeburg. Minutes later, the Beaver Moon rose over Mt. Tom, said Malia’s dad, Peter.

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  • Yes, deer, it’s safe to come out. Hunting season is over in Weld, where Jim Knox got closer to this fine animal than most bowhunters could hope to do.
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    Yes, deer, it’s safe to come out. Hunting season is over in Weld, where Jim Knox got closer to this fine animal than most bowhunters could hope to do.

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  • Turns out herons don’t just eat fish – something the chipmunk learned too late while Rick Hendrick of Falmouth was careful not to disturb nature’s food chain in operation, no matter how unappealing it at times may seem.
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    Turns out herons don’t just eat fish – something the chipmunk learned too late while Rick Hendrick of Falmouth was careful not to disturb nature’s food chain in operation, no matter how unappealing it at times may seem.

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  • No reason for the tufted titmouse to fly south. They can deal with winter, especially when Joy Page keeps her feeder full with suet.
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    No reason for the tufted titmouse to fly south. They can deal with winter, especially when Joy Page keeps her feeder full with suet.

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  • A full moon marks the dimming of another day, and that means the Rams Island Ledge and Portland Head lighthouses are shining while Brian Lovering of New Gloucester takes another fine photo of Maine’s magic.
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    A full moon marks the dimming of another day, and that means the Rams Island Ledge and Portland Head lighthouses are shining while Brian Lovering of New Gloucester takes another fine photo of Maine’s magic.

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  • Seals aren’t really social animals, but a sunny resting spot such as this one at Drakes Island in Wells will attract any number of them. By Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk.
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    Seals aren’t really social animals, but a sunny resting spot such as this one at Drakes Island in Wells will attract any number of them. By Kristen Holmberg of Kennebunk.

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  • This wild turkey might never know how lucky it was to survive Thanksgiving in Maine, where lots of folks would rather hunt than buy a bird. Now if its luck can only continue until after Christmas, it’ll indeed have reason to be thankful. So far it’s only been shot by Casco  resident Erik Bartlett’s camera.
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    This wild turkey might never know how lucky it was to survive Thanksgiving in Maine, where lots of folks would rather hunt than buy a bird. Now if its luck can only continue until after Christmas, it’ll indeed have reason to be thankful. So far it’s only been shot by Casco resident Erik Bartlett’s camera.

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  • The feeder at Bob Wilson’s South Portland home is crowded, but freeloading critters – including a blue jay, a cheeky chipmunk and a squirrel can always find room.
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    The feeder at Bob Wilson’s South Portland home is crowded, but freeloading critters – including a blue jay, a cheeky chipmunk and a squirrel can always find room.

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  • The reflection of a long thin cloud at sunset over Clark Pond in South Portland gives an arrow-like image that Brian K. Lovering of North Yarmouth captured before dusk.
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    The reflection of a long thin cloud at sunset over Clark Pond in South Portland gives an arrow-like image that Brian K. Lovering of North Yarmouth captured before dusk.

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  • Ann Blanchard considers herself lucky that she never was stung over the summer by the denizens of this huge hornet nest that only recently became visible after the leaves fell off the maple tree in her Scarborough yard. And somewhere in that structure, there’s a fertiized queen about to sustain the species come next year.
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    Ann Blanchard considers herself lucky that she never was stung over the summer by the denizens of this huge hornet nest that only recently became visible after the leaves fell off the maple tree in her Scarborough yard. And somewhere in that structure, there’s a fertiized queen about to sustain the species come next year.

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  • That’s one stubborn flower retaining its glory in Kelly Mull’s frosty garden in Scarborough ...
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    That’s one stubborn flower retaining its glory in Kelly Mull’s frosty garden in Scarborough ...

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  • ... and the fact that Kelly feeds the birds year-round might be incentive enough for this handsome fellow to stick around despite dropping temps.
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    ... and the fact that Kelly feeds the birds year-round might be incentive enough for this handsome fellow to stick around despite dropping temps.

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  • Either the big guy is looking for a mate or avoiding hunters – or both – as it visits Clyde Ricker’s yard in Standish. Whatever the reason, he’s a welcome guest.
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    Either the big guy is looking for a mate or avoiding hunters – or both – as it visits Clyde Ricker’s yard in Standish. Whatever the reason, he’s a welcome guest.

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  • With ice forming in a shallow tributary of Sebago Lake, this great blue heron had better be looking at other fishing holes. By Bruce Small of Raymond.
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    With ice forming in a shallow tributary of Sebago Lake, this great blue heron had better be looking at other fishing holes. By Bruce Small of Raymond.

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  • Put a red scarf on this blue heron, and it just might look like an ornament atop a Christmas tree. Whatever the reason for the big bird to perch in the tallest pine in Emily MacKenzie’s South Bristol yard, it had her dog barking like crazy. “I’ve seen plenty of herons along the shore but had never seen one at the top of a very tall tree,” says MacKenzie.
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    Put a red scarf on this blue heron, and it just might look like an ornament atop a Christmas tree. Whatever the reason for the big bird to perch in the tallest pine in Emily MacKenzie’s South Bristol yard, it had her dog barking like crazy. “I’ve seen plenty of herons along the shore but had never seen one at the top of a very tall tree,” says MacKenzie.

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  • Until Forest Lake is covered with ice – which could be in around a month – it’ll be ideal for reflecting on the glories of another Maine autumn. By Anita Taylor, of nearby Windham.
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    Until Forest Lake is covered with ice – which could be in around a month – it’ll be ideal for reflecting on the glories of another Maine autumn. By Anita Taylor, of nearby Windham.

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  • Got to be some birdseed under those decaying leaves that soon will be lining the chipmunk’s home somewhere in  Brian Lovering’s North Yarmouth yard.
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    Got to be some birdseed under those decaying leaves that soon will be lining the chipmunk’s home somewhere in Brian Lovering’s North Yarmouth yard.

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  • If this cardinal looks brilliant now, just think how much more he’ll stand out once  the Alfred yard of Cathy Wilkie Conley is covered in snow.
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    If this cardinal looks brilliant now, just think how much more he’ll stand out once the Alfred yard of Cathy Wilkie Conley is covered in snow.

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  • Erik Bartlett captured this election day morning image of Thomas Pond in South Casco. In the still water, the clouds, rather than looking reflected, almost seem like pieces of cotton suspended in the water.
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    Erik Bartlett captured this election day morning image of Thomas Pond in South Casco. In the still water, the clouds, rather than looking reflected, almost seem like pieces of cotton suspended in the water.

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  • “Excuse me, I’m fishin’ here,” the eagle seems to be telling Jim Knox of Wilton as he explores the grounds around Wilson Stream.
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    “Excuse me, I’m fishin’ here,” the eagle seems to be telling Jim Knox of Wilton as he explores the grounds around Wilson Stream.

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  • This late-pollinating, heavily laden, honey bee found the Michaelmas Daisy in Roger Marchand’s backyard in Gorham.
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    This late-pollinating, heavily laden, honey bee found the Michaelmas Daisy in Roger Marchand’s backyard in Gorham.

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  • Better soak in the 70-degree days while they last, especially if you’re a musk turtle – sometimes referred to as a stinkpot – that soon will be seeking winter refuge in the mud of Bridgton’s lake country. By Bill Preis, whose photos often grace these pages.
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    Better soak in the 70-degree days while they last, especially if you’re a musk turtle – sometimes referred to as a stinkpot – that soon will be seeking winter refuge in the mud of Bridgton’s lake country. By Bill Preis, whose photos often grace these pages.

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  • Call her Cactus, this porcupine that’s been grazing in the backyard of Brunswick resident Pat Morin, who fearlessly approached the critter and departed with nary a quill.
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    Call her Cactus, this porcupine that’s been grazing in the backyard of Brunswick resident Pat Morin, who fearlessly approached the critter and departed with nary a quill.

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  • Unlike their domesticated cousins, these wild turkeys don’t have to worry about there being just 18 chopping days before Thanksgiving. But they must be on the fence about something near Claire Unsinn’s yard in Kennebunk.
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    Unlike their domesticated cousins, these wild turkeys don’t have to worry about there being just 18 chopping days before Thanksgiving. But they must be on the fence about something near Claire Unsinn’s yard in Kennebunk.

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  • You’re not making a coat out of me, this little mink seems to be telling Brad Woodward of Old Orchard Beach, who spotted the critter while photographing birds along Goosefare Brook.
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    You’re not making a coat out of me, this little mink seems to be telling Brad Woodward of Old Orchard Beach, who spotted the critter while photographing birds along Goosefare Brook.

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  • Morning has broken with a frosty sunrise on Gloucester Hill Road in New Gloucester, where early riser Brian Lovering of Yarmouth savors and shares the moment.
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    Morning has broken with a frosty sunrise on Gloucester Hill Road in New Gloucester, where early riser Brian Lovering of Yarmouth savors and shares the moment.

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  • Rodents, take notice ... this coyote is asserting itself on the higher rungs of nature’s food chain as it patrols a field in Casco, where Bruce Small of Raymond – a frequent contributor to this section – notes that judging from its handsome coat, this is one wily predator.
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    Rodents, take notice ... this coyote is asserting itself on the higher rungs of nature’s food chain as it patrols a field in Casco, where Bruce Small of Raymond – a frequent contributor to this section – notes that judging from its handsome coat, this is one wily predator.

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  • Perhaps this moose was making fun of Rangeley’s Jim Knox, or maybe he just didn’t want his picture taken.
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    Perhaps this moose was making fun of Rangeley’s Jim Knox, or maybe he just didn’t want his picture taken.

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