Botanicals on ice

by Cari Balbo


With the mild weather we've been having in Maine, there hasn't been much in the way of good ice skating conditions this winter. 

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Last week I thought I might be able to get out on the farm pond one cold and sunny afternoon but was disappointed to find its surface covered with a generous scattering of twigs, leaves and other tree castoffs, each herbaceous ornament perfectly embedded in the ice just enough to prevent being swept away, but not covered by a solid surface of ice. Lovely to look at, impossible to skate on. 

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Plans thwarted, I did the next best thing and took some photos of the botanicals on ice. Winter in Maine may not be easy much of the time but it sure is gloriously beautiful.

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Spring, finally!

by Cari Balbo


Although it snowed last week, it is finally spring here in Palermo, Maine. And it is glorious! Robins everywhere you look. Blue skies, warm sun. Snow melting before the eyes. Exactly what we needed.  

Previous owners planted tulips and daffodils. While we didn't live here last spring, we were here constantly working on renovations so I know these will all come up bright, cheery yellow. Can't wait! 

Previous owners planted tulips and daffodils. While we didn't live here last spring, we were here constantly working on renovations so I know these will all come up bright, cheery yellow. Can't wait! 

Sun rising behind our spruce tree. Still a couple months before I can harvest spruce tips.  

Sun rising behind our spruce tree. Still a couple months before I can harvest spruce tips.  

Dooryard birch.  

Dooryard birch.  

The cats are loving the sun. Fozzie's practically glowing.  

The cats are loving the sun. Fozzie's practically glowing.  

Angular shadows on the back of the barn.  

Angular shadows on the back of the barn.  

The Ridge Pond crane is reeling from its excitement at spring's arrival.  

The Ridge Pond crane is reeling from its excitement at spring's arrival.  

Harvesting fragrant pine needles for pine-infused honey.  

Harvesting fragrant pine needles for pine-infused honey.  

Grateful for big, blue skies.  

Grateful for big, blue skies.