The wildlife at Scarborough Marsh apparently didn’t get the memo that summer has ended and it’s time to head south for the winter. There are still egrets and herons hanging out there despite twenty degree early morning temperatures. Can’t they read the signs along Route 1 and nearby Old Orchard Beach that (sadly) state “Closed For The Season – See You Next Spring”?
I imagine these birds won’t be inhabiting the marsh too much longer. Maine is bracing for a Nor’easter that’s barreling up the East Coast. It likely won’t bring snow to coastal parts of the state but inland areas may see some. Snow! Say it ain’t so – it’s not even Halloween yet.
Along the banks of Millbrook Pond in Old Orchard Beach
One thing the impending storm will do is knock a lot of the remaining leaves off the trees. Most of Southern Maine is now passed peak foliage but several colorful pockets can still be found. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the high winds forecasted won’t put a complete kibosh to a couple of fall photo locations I still have in mind.
The Great Egret in flight is the symbol of the National Audubon Society
I for one am not ready for winter. Even though I’ve already surpassed my 2018 goal of cycling at least 1,500 miles, I have no plans to put the bike away just yet. Rather, I’ve dug out the Smartwoool socks and fleece gloves and hit the road these recent chilly mornings. Several times I was humbled by other cyclists still riding in shorts while I was bundled up from head to toe but I can now rationalize that I’m a retired senior citizen and they are young studs with something to prove. At this stage of my life I’ll take being “warm” over looking “cool” any day.
Snow is inevitable so I might as well bite the bullet and embrace it. I recently saw a Facebook post that read “If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life but the same amount of snow”. Makes sense but it’s still a tough pill to swallow.
My snowshoes hang not far from my biking gear. I hope I don’t have to use them too often this winter, but if I do, I’ll try to find the joy in them.