Weekly Notes – June 2, 2013

Shagbark Hickory Bud

Art in Nature

The above photo is of a Shagbark Hickory that is leafing out.  The leaves are compound alternate with 5 leaflets with serrated edges.  These trees favor moist, well-drained soil in the southern part of the state.  As shown in the pictures below, they have upturned branches that when the buds expand give it a unique chandelier appearance.  The bark separates into long vertical plates with ends that curve away from the trunk.

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

This unlucky male Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker had flown into a window in Skowhegan, Dma&g map 21.  These members of the Woodpecker family are summer visitors to Sapsucker Holes AppleTreeour state.  If you find a neat and orderly row of horizontal Wild Apple Blossomsholes in a decaying tree such as this apple tree shown, you will know that a sapsucker has been there.  I have heard that Hummingbirds will use these holes to collect sap and small insects but have never seen this myself.

Once again the weather in Maine gives us all something to talk about.  Where else can there be both frost and record high temps in the low 90’s within a few days?  The weather forecast is predicting a change so don’t put away those wool sweaters just yet.  This picture of Katahdin was taken from Abol on Tuesday, Dma&g map 50.

Memorial Snow Katahdin

Summer solstice happens this month and Bernie has some challenge exercises for us to better understand the lengthening of days using shadows.   Click here for the Astronomy Report for June…..

Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park are open for the season.  Both are beautiful places to visit to explore Maine Nature.  This picture below is of Pockwockomus Rock on the way into Baxter State Park.  To learn more about the painted rock, Click for the article in the Bangor Daily….

Pockwockamus Rock

This past week I spent some time in the woods at T3 R11 Dma&g map 50.  I’m an adventurous sort and was determined to put the Bye Bye Black Fly deet-free insect repellent to the test.  Maine girls are known for enjoying a challenge and testing a bottle of this delicious lilac smelling spray was to be my next adventure.  I would describe the Black Fly index as moderate for the location I was at so I went into the woods to take a few pictures and did some gardening around the camp just to stir things up and entice a few bites.

I absolutely recommend using Bye Bye Black Fly deet-free insect repellent.  I came MeBlkFlyrptaway from the experience with minimal bites and only because I had intentionally gone hours without reapplying any spray.  Order some today by clicking on the link at the top left of the page and stop doing the Black Fly dance!  Meanwhile, read this week’s Black Fly Report here …..