Chipper with an acorn

Chipmunk, Old Falls on the Mousam River, W. Kennebunk Maine

I like Chipmunks. They are cute and industrious and not much bother in the yard…and they are especially cute when caught in the field and forest. This one was on the banks of the Mousam River at Old Falls when I visited over the weekend to check the fall foliage. Old Falls is one of my favorite places to photograph in the fall. The chipper was a consolation prize as the leaves have just started to turn along the river. 

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 1000. (And that is pretty good image quality at ISO 1000!) Processed in Polarr. 

Spotted Sandpiper swimming…

Spotted Sandpiper, Old Falls, W. Kennebunk Maine

I took my ebike out to Old Falls on the Mousam River, just checking the fall color. Not yet. But while there I was watching this Spotted Sandpiper dance along the rocks at the top of the falls when, suddenly, it dove into the water below the rock, and proceeded to swim in the churning eddy for a minute or more before taking off to a sunny rock on the far shore…where it resumed “normal” Spotted Sandpiper behavior. I have never seen the like. I did not know Spotted Sandpipers could swim…let alone did swim. If you know Spotted Sandpipers and have seen this behavior (or have read about it somewhere) please let me know in the comments. 🙂

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr.

Good morning light…

Bedroom, the house, Kennebunk Maine

I never do this kind of thing…well, almost never by the evidence. 🙂 I glanced down at the head of the bed half way through my qi gong exersizes this morning and could not resist the light and the color. Three minutes for three shots at various angles and distances, and back to my routine. It is the purple, the green, the textures of the fabric, I guess, and what the light is doing to it all.

Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/30th @ ISO 500 @ f2.4. Processed in Polarr. 

Kingfisher hovering…

Belted Kingfisher, the beach, Kennebunk Maine

I took a run down to the beach yesterday to see what kinds of waves Jose was kicking up in Maine. The tide had gone out from full so the waves were not all that impressive, but there was a Belted Kingfisher hunting the pools were the marsh had flooded relatively close to the road. It kept alternating between a bush on my side, more or less, of the pond and a post on the other, and it spent long enough hovering in front of me so that I could get some shots. The collage is made in FrameMagic’s blended mode. 
Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. 1/1000th second (set in Minimum Shutter Speed ISO). f4. Processed in Polarr and FrameMagic. 

Spillway in Autumn

Fernald Brook, Kennebunk Maine

Autumn is coming fast in Maine…though we have not had a frost yet. This is the spillway of a small pond along Rt. 9 in Kennebunk Maine. Just a kind of random still life…if not for the flowing water. 🙂

Sony Rx10iii at 70mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (some out of focus grass in the foreground). 

Tiny little mushrooms in a bunch…

Mushrooms, Old Falls Pond, W. Kennebunk Maine

Lots of tiny mushrooms growing in the moss on a fallen tree near Old Falls and Old Falls Pond on the Mousam River in West Kennebunk Maine. I don’t know why but this image makes me smile. 🙂

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 1600. Processed in Polarr. 

Two tall birds…

Great Blue Heron and Greater Yellowlegs, Back Creek, Kennebunk Maine

I think of the Greater Yellowlegs as a smallish shorebird and the Great Blue Heron as a big wader. When they crossed paths yesterday in the day-long gloom before Jose passes by, it surprised me to see how big the Yellowlegs is in comparison. The Heron looks like the Yellowlegs might have tweeted its tail on the way by. 

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode, -.3EV. 1/250th @ ISO 125 @ f4. Processed in Polarr. 

Birches in fall…

White Birch, Eastern Trail, Kennebunk Maine

Well, coming on toward fall anyway. We have not had a frost yet, and probably won’t for at least a couple of weeks yet, but leaves are beginning to turn. This stand of same age birch trees along the Eastern Trail caught my eye. 

Sony Rx10iii at 106mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/200th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr. 


Great Blue Heron, the beach, Kennebunk Maine

I am not sure what it is about September, but there are more Great Blue Herons along the Mousam than I have seen all summer. You can see 3 on an average day, just in one mile stretch of river. That does not sound like much, but in June, July, and August you could go weeks without seeing any at all. This specimen was just off the beach access road in the waters of Back Creek where it flows under the road. I watched it fish for a half hour, and it kept getting closer, so I have way too many pics. 🙂

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode, -.3EV. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr. 

Green-striped Darner

Green-striped Darner, Kennebunk Bridle Path, Kennebunk ME

I did the loop on my electric bike that includes the Kennebunk Bridle Path between Rt. 9 and Summer Street in Kennebunk the other day, and stopped, as always, at the fresh-water pools beside the tidal stream that flows under the Path and into the Mousam just off Rt. 9. There are always dragonflies there…well, almost always. On this visit there were two large darners patrolling the pools, one on each side of the stream…though they crossed over on occasion for some ariel combat. The Green-striped Darner, in my experience, is one of the more cooperative of the darners to catch in flight, since it hovers in place frequently. That gives me time to prefocus and let the camera’s auto focus catch on. This panel shows several views.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. My special Birds in Flight and Action mode…using the large movable spot focus and manual focus to pre-focus. 1/1000th @ 4.5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic.