Category Archives: Field Notes

Sneaking up on butterflies and other skills of macrophotography

Bright sunlight makes it easy to get small details.

Wildflowers are in bloom in Maine. Along roadsides, throughout meadows, and deep in the forest, their colors pop and demand attention. And as someone who enjoys wandering about in nature, I readily give them consideration — especially when I’m carrying my camera. But photographing flowers isn’t as easy as one might think. It’s called “macrophotography,” […]

What are these butterflies doing?


Scrolling through my Facebook feed last week, I came across a stunning photo of yellow butterflies, dozens of them, in a cluster on the ground. The photographer was Sandy Holt Snide of Parkman, someone who spends a great deal of time photographing a wide variety of Maine wildlife. So what were the butterflies doing? I had […]

Mainer’s woodpecker image makes National Audubon’s top 100 photos

Photo by Linda Cullivan
An adult male pileated woodpecker returned to his chicks in June of 2014 in the Ipswitch River Wildlife Sanctuary in Massachusetts. This is a small version of a photo taken by Linda Cullivan of Scarborough that recently made the National Aududon's top 100 photos.

Wildlife photographer Linda Cullivan of Scarborough was recently honored by the National Audubon when judges selected her photo of pileated woodpeckers — out of nearly 9,000 submissions — for the society’s top 100 photos list for 2015. More than 2,300 photographers entered the contest. They hailed from all 50 states, seven Canadian provinces and the District of Columbia. Linda […]

Piscataquis and Machias river races postponed to May

Photo by Gary Guisinger 
East Machias River

Both the Piscataquis and Machias river races have been postponed for a variety of reasons, according to Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization (MaCKRO). The 43rd Annual Kiwanis Piscataquis River Race, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25, was postponed due to “poor weather and high water,” Kiwanis states on their website. The race will now be running […]

What’s in your woods? There’s a new app for that

Courtesy of NEFA

A free new mobile app, About My Woods, is helping landowners and outdoor enthusiasts learn about local forests, according to a recent press release. Developed by the North East State Foresters Association, the app provides location-specific information about the natural world, from identifying wildflowers to watershed data. Designed with family forest owners in mind, the app contains […]

Chewonki offers teens adventure on Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail


Chewonki, an outdoor camp and school headquartered in Wiscasset, is offering teens the opportunity to explore the historic Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail by canoe this summer as a part of the Chewonki’s year-long centennial celebration. “This is a trip of a lifetime for anyone interested in understanding the importance of Maine’s environmental and cultural legacies while enjoying adventure […]