Posts in Category: Laudholm Farm

New England Aster

New England Aster, Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine — Sometimes things just work out…right place, right time, and ready…and you bring back a satisfying image from one of your photoprowls. This is pretty simple, just the single flower head in Maine September afternoon light, against a dark background…but the effect, at least to my eye, is memorable. Sony Rx10iv at 513mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Wild forest chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee, Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — Okay so it is really only a standard Black-capped Chickadee, but it is not one of the tame chickadees that come to our feeder a hundred times a day. On the other hand, it paid no more attention to me there taking it’s photo out in the middle of the woods at Laudholm Farms than one of our yard birds would have, so maybe “wild” is a word that just can not be applied to any chickadee. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Big Tom

Wild Turkey, Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — Yesterday it was completely overcast all day, so I did not take my “real camera” with me when I went out for a purely exercise bike ride…and, of course, I saw over 40 Wild Turkeys in 4 different flocks…two flocks of Hens and Janes and chicks, and two flocks of Toms and Jakes. This is one of two mature Toms strutting their stuff along the road in to the Laudholm Farms (Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve). Taken with my “back-up travel camera”, a Panasonic Lumix ZS-60, at about 400mm equivalent. Program mode: ISO 125 @ f6 @ 1/100th. -.3 EV. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Coy

I enjoy the symmetry and the flow of the pattern on this resting chipmunk’s back. And the rich browns in contrast to the blue green and grey wood. And I suppose the contrast in textures, wood and fur. And that’s it. That is all there is to this photo. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Taken at Laudholm Farms in Wells, Maine.

Laudholm Chipper

The chipmunks are everywhere abundant this year. We see them every day around the yard. They have made repeated attempts to undermine our rose bush. They like to play hide and seek among the marigolds in the planters on the back deck. Carol rescued one from drowning in a water bucket yesterday, and I suspect, from the nighttime noises in the walls, that they have gotten into the house. This one was on the boardwalk at Laudholm Farms, and let me walk right up to it. The shot is cropped only on the long axis, full frame otherwise…so I as close indeed. I have to admit, I have a lot more time for chipmunks than for squirrels, which this year, is a good thing. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Another shot of the Jakes

Wild Turkey, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — As further evidence of the strangeness of turkeys. 🙂 Nice light though! Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Turkeys are so strange!

Wild Turkey, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — At the risk of offending turkey lovers everywhere I am going to come right out and say it: Turkeys are so strange! This is one of a small rafter of jake turkeys (“rafter” is one of two collective nouns for Wild Turkeys, the other being “gang”, and a “jake” is young “Tom”…or male turkey. If it was a female it would not have the chest beard, and, if young, would be called a “jenny”…if an adult, a “hen”. I say again, Turkeys are so strange, or maybe it is just that they bring out the strangeness in us). I saw this rafter of jakes along the entrance road at Laudholm and they were not really all that bothered when I got off my bike to take some pictures. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Turkeys at the bath…

Dust bath that is. Turkeys like their dust baths. This flock of hens and poults, near Laudholm Farms in Wells, Maine, had found a sandy spot at the edge of a corn patch and were having a grand old time covering their feathers in dust to fight feather mites. Even the poults were enjoying it. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Tom in repose

When I went out for my ebike ride yesterday, I came across the Laudholm flock of Wild Turkeys grazing on the lawns and in the corn patch on Laudholm Farm Road. Of course I had to stop for a few photos. The Laudholm flock is used to being looked at, as they are often along the road there, so they pretty much just left me to do my camera thing while they very slowly moved off. This is, I think, a Tom, by the beard and the intensity of the color on the head…as well as the sheen to the feathers. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Wild Rose with Snout Beatles

The wild roses are in bloom at Laudholm Farms (Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve) just down the road from us…well, actually, they are in bloom all though southern Maine right now…but I photographed this one at Laudholm Farms. It has some pesky visitors, known to gardeners (and everyone else) as the Red-snout Beatles. They are not welcome in most people’s gardens, as they damage the plants, but I guess, out here in nature, they are to be expected where the flowers are in bloom. Sony Rx10iv at 512mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.