Posts in Category: Wells

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.

One more mushroom

Mushrooms will happen! It is amazing (to me) how powerful they are…pushing up through a layer of matted leaves…and not just a little pointy thing like a plant shoot…no, a whole platter lifting a big chunk of the forest floor. 🙂 At Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iv at about 290mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

More mushrooms…

One of the things I like about mushrooms is the variety of shapes and colors and forms. This cluster of small mushrooms, probably in a symbiotic relationship with the tree, is a case in point. Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Headquarters trail, Wells, Maine. Sony Rx10iv at 211mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Mushroom time…

Of course there are mushrooms all summer, but September seems to be an abundant month for them in the woods of Southern Maine. These are bursting out along the trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Wells, Maine. The biggest one is just smaller than a dinner plate, and as you can see from the second photo, they are massive mushrooms. There will be lots more as the leaves begin to turn in a few weeks. Sony Rx10iv at

135mm equivalent ISO 800 @ f4 @ 1/320th
47mm equivalent ISO 200 @ f3.2 @ 1/100th

Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Getting close to tom…

Wild Turkey, Wells, Maine, USA — I find the shattered glass structure of the turkey’s feathers fascinating. And then the range of textures, from the hair like chest beard to the glossy regularity of the shoulder feathers…the subtle iridescent highlights playing over the rich brown of the body…all set against the improbable skin of the head…it makes quite a study. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Turkey time all over

Wild Turkey, Wells, Maine, USA — I don’t ever remember seeing so many turkeys as we are seeing this year. There are several large flocks that are out and about daily between my home at the south edge of Kennebunk and the north edge of Wells. And they seem particularly fearless this year…foraging in yards and along side the road…not paying much attention to passing humans. I stopped for three of these birds I saw on one side of the road, and then just stood and waited for the rest of the flock to come to me and cross the road close enough to where I was standing so that I could not get the whole turkey in a 600mm frame. Of course they are big turkeys…all big Toms in this particular flock. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Handsome Heron

Great Blue Heron: Wells, Maine, USA — I would not call a Great Blue Heron beautiful…though I recognize its beauty. I think “handsome” is a better word. This handsome Heron was hunting frogs around a drainage pond on the Senior Condos complex behind US1 just over the Wells line. I got off my bike to look for dragonflies and might have missed the heron if it had not moved. I was certainly not looking for it and it was way down the other end of the pond. It was not bothered by me there, and allowed me to walk down quite close to it, in relative terms. I might have been able to get closer, but I did not want to flush it. There are a lot of frogs in that pond, and I wished the heron all the success it deserved. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. This is a portrait exposure, so pretty much full frame. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk, Wells, Maine, USA — I suppose one of the reasons I like Eastern Pondhawks is that they perch so nicely for photos. 🙂 But I do like the colors, and the name. Okay, so what is not to like about the Eastern Pondhawk. You get my point? This was taken at small drainage pond on the grounds of a senior citizen housing complex (really upscale semi-attached condos) just behind Route 1 south of Kennebunk and north of Wells. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.