---Hadas' Edible Plants---


August 11 - 20, 2012


To start out with it:.

Yes, we did see Moose (in various forms, but also in its original form (see below)


from top left clockwise: the plastic kind at a road side station, the stuffed kind (the famous 'Maine Locked Moose' courtesy of L.L. Bean) , the chocolate kind (Lenny, 1,700 lbs at Len Libby Chocolatier), the captive kind (at Maine Wild Animal Park at Gray, ME) . 



Baxter State Park


and here's our own real Moose cow at Nesowadnehunk Field in Baxter Sate Park,

early morning August 13. We saw that individual again a few days alter at daybreak, on approach she quietly retreated into the brush.



Our canceled trip to China gave us some time to do something that was new for us in the crazy years of 2011 and 2012: to go somewhere new and exiting without using an airplane.


Here is a chronologically mostly correct account of our trip (almost to Canada) to Maine .



August 12, 2012


Much more observable was the group of Snowshoe Hares (Lepus americanus) that frequented the grass of the campground. We saw up to 8 feeding on grass and - like our unconcerned, private campsite one

 - on raspberry leaves. 




Nesowadnehunk (river), pronounced "saw-da-hunk"



                                                  The Guardian

Ruffed Grouse: luckily 2 of them crossed the road in front of us and scurried thorough the underbrush. Agreed,  a lousy  hoto, but a diagnostic one (note the ruff).




Hike up Mount Katahdin (Baxter Peak) August 13



Schlepping myself up the mountain (photo by Hadas)


Hunt trail up to Baxter Peak: from 1,079 ft to 5,267 ft. and 5.2 mi.




The strange and famous fir waves of Mount Katahdin


see Kirk's early work:

Moloney, K. A. (1986) Wave and nonwave regeneration processes in a subalpine Abies balsamea forest Canadian Journal of Botany, 1986, 64(2): 341-349.


An investigation was conducted on Whiteface Mountain, New York, to determine if the dynamics of the dominant tree species, Abies balsamea, were similar among two wave areas and one nonwave area of subalpine fir forest. Associated understory populations of vascular and bryophyte species were also studied to determine their response to changes in the organization of the Abies balsamea canopy. The regeneration cycles of the wave and nonwave areas exhibited strong parallels. However, some differences were noted, particularly with respect to the transition between generations of trees. Changes in understory populations were associated with changes in the organization of the Abies balsamea population, but to differing degrees dependent upon location. It is suggested that fir wave formation is the result of the interaction between an underlying demographic process common to both wave and nonwave regions (the Abies balsamea regeneration cycle) and a directional stress imposed on the canopy by prevailing winds. This implies that wave formation does not result from a major reorganization of the demographic structure of the Abies balsamea population, but from a reorganization of the spatial distribution of regeneration stages.



The alpine-tundra of the Tableland at 4,600 ft.


Ledum groenlandicum (Labrador tea) and Vaccinium cespitosum (dwarf bilberry)


The alpine-tundra of the Tableland at 4,600 ft.



The terminus of the Appalachian Trail (photo by Hadas)


Rhizocarpon cf. geographica (map lichen)


Dark-eyed Junco youngster and dad on the summit. Hadas saw one American Pipit (a sociality up there - one of two nesting sites in New England)


Baxter Peak,  5,267 ft.(photo by Hadas)


View down into the Great Basin with Chimney Pond, a glacial tarn (photo by Hadas)


Way down, the rock maze of the Hunt Spur.


August 14, 2012 Easy Day


Ledge Falls fun


Our lean-to at Nesowadnehunk Field Camp (photo by Hadas)


view to Katahdin near Daicey Pond



Pretty fungus, pretty good name:

Fuligo septica, the dog vomit slime mold.



The yoodler of the North: (un)Common(ly handsome) Loon at Daisey Pond


Daicey Pond



American Toad, even they are prettier here


Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum)


August 15, still an easy day


Good boreal find: Spruce Grouse 


Boreal birding essential: Boreal Chickadee


Red Squirrel doing something untypical: sitting still


Balancing rock at the Appalachian trail south of Daicey Pond


Cornus canadesis



Young Bull Frog



August 16, again harder and much more rain



Chimney Pond in the rain, almost all the way up and down it rained very hard.







August 17, Downeast


East Quoddy Head


Carrying Place Bog: Rubus chameamorus in the center


Cedar Waxwing



Coast of East Quoddy Head (with the  lighthouse  peeking above the trees)


Easternmost point of the US (photo Hadas Parag)



Sailrock at East Quoddy Head. After the rain storm the day before this was quite good for sea birds (tens of Northern Gannets,  a few Kittiwakes, Black Guillemots  and a close inshore Greater Shearwater!)


LBMs (Little brown mushrooms)




August 18, Bold Coast



at out campsite  at Cobscook Bay State Park





Cutler Coast Trail (Bold Coast Trail)





I hiked that amazing trail (northern loop) back in June 2001 with my sister Karin.



Solidago sempervirens


Great Northern Diver!



Black Guillemot



Red Squirrel doing what it likes to do most: eating the cones of the black spruce


drawing by Lloyd Sandford in Hamilton W.J. (1939) American Mammals.

Their Lives, Habits, and Economic Relations.

 McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York


Fungus family: Hadas will tell me what species thisis


Northern Leopard Frog



Lubec, a former fishing town and home of the easternmost  tavern (Water Street Tavern) where we ate) .



artist Karen Anne Baldauski


artwork in the Tavern


Fish processing sheds



August 19, Moosehorn NWR & Reversing Falls, Pembroke



beaver ponds at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge



Cobscook Bay




Reversing Falls, Pembroke 



The tides (21 feet range = 6.5 m) need to rush 4 times daily over rocks through a 330 yard gap. Flow speed is 10-14 knots (with reports of 25). Information provided by Benjamin G. Beaudoin. 

This is another place I visited in June 2001 with Karin.


the reversing falls on Google Earth



the two adults from the local Bald Eagle family





August 20


Maine Wildlife Park, Gray



Baby Turtle (Eastern Painted Turtle?)



Eastern Chipmunk


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