This is the view from the causeway of my driveway in Maine.
It’s a different sort of beautiful everyday. Enough to make one slow down and look.
But I’ve got things to slow down for besides admiring that sky. I’ve got to keep my eyes on the road. The snapping turtle crossing from the marsh on one side to the reservoir on the other, hustled when they saw my truck, but this painted turtle took their time. I got out, picked it up (gently by the edges, and held it well away from me while it peed) and set it down safely in the grass in the direction that it was going.
It’s not only the obvious creatures one has to slow down for.
Swallowtail butterflies drink in the puddles. I drive very slowly so that they have time to fly off.
They’re never in a rush. So I can’t be either.
(Just curious – most of my blog readers come to my page for the horse information. Are these Maine wildlife posts a welcome diversion or something you’d rather not see in your blog feed? Let me know and be honest!)
I love it all! Btw those are giant swallowtail butterflies not monarchs. Just as beautiful though!
Love the wildlife pictures!!
Great! I enjoy taking them, so thanks for giving me a reason to share.
I’m enjoying the wildlife posts. 🙂 I don’t have a horse, but I enjoy learning about horses and human/mammal interactions in general. I always appreciate insights into how animals think, and reading what truly kind-to-animals (and respectful-to-animals) people have to say.
I enjoy it all more when I pay attention to the interactions.
I love the nature photos and your comments.
Please continue !!
Good to know! I’ll keep at it 🙂
I love it all. Anything nature related intrigues me. Thanks for asking but please keep doing what you are doing. 🙂
Great! Wait until you see the insect photos…
I began following this blog when the one at HenCam closed, simply because I enjoy your writing style. While I am not a horsewoman I enjoy all of the topics you cover.
I appreciate your comment. It keeps me writing!
What a gift to be able to see these beauties! Keep the wildlife posts coming please!
Terry, you now live in an environment rich in wildlife, from birds to bugs to (probably) bears.
Do share pictures of all the species, down to insects, that you find interesting in your dramatic landscape!
Karen, you’re one step ahead of me. The next nature post will be about insects.
I started following your hen blog to learn more about our chickens, was thrilled when you moved on to horses as I am always looking for new techniques to strengthen my bond with my horses, and am loving the nature mixed in to see how the other side lives (quite literally – we are in California). Love it all. You are a women after my own heart!
Now we both live in bear country 🙂
Another vote for keeping the wildlife posts! I really enjoy your respectful, loving thoughts about all animals, even when they are peeing on you 🙂
Peeing *near* me 🙂
I love Nature and enjoy all of Her kingdoms. I do welcome your message whatever the topic you share, great photography and personal comments. It’s a great way to learn and sometimes broaden one’s view. Do continue to share all dimensions of your wonderful new life 🙂 Thanks so much !
You’re welcome 🙂
I love the Maine wildlife posts! They’ll be saved for re-reading, right along with your training posts. Thank you!
Thanks for letting me know!
So happy to read every kernel of your thoughts. Began the journey with the farm, then with Tonka and now your move to Maine. Please continue to share your move to Maine stories. When we moved from Michigan to the The Great Smoky Mountains it was so exciting to be living along with amazing wildlife, flora, and fauna. I live vicariously through your adventures. I too am learning so much about horses….never to old to learn something new. Enjoy your new paradise! Hugs & Pets to Scooter❣️
Despite all of the changes, Scooter has his favorite couch, his beds, and me. He’s doing great!
Ah, so good to be reminded to slow down and look at the butterflys and beautiful landscape. Thank you for that and all your posts. Very helpful.
Yes, I need to remind myself, too! Slow doesn’t mean less.
Love your musings. Horse or not.
Thanks for letting me know!
I love your wildlife posts!
Good, because there’s a lot more of it here to share 🙂
Oh, most definitely, I do want to see! I love glimpses of the wildlife around you. Please don’t stop. Lovely post.
Glimpses is the right word. I’m seeing so much, but know that it’s a very small view of the life all around me here.
I LOVE this post! What Beauty you live amongst…and how thoughtful of you to share it with us!
I’ll share more landscape photos. The view from the front of my house is special. Even the delivery guys get out of their trucks and enjoy it before putting down the packages!
Oh my Terry, I love all your stories of the flora and fauna, and the photographs are enchanting. (Today I learned that pigs chatter their teeth to say “no closer please” and the clouds in your driveway/causeway photo today are beautiful!) And I love hearing about Tonka and Scooter, even though I’ve never been around horses and and am down to one old “previously owned” cat – nonetheless…
I am glad to hear that you have a cat!
Ditto to all of the above comments! Thanks for sharing your joy in your new surroundings, Terry.
I recently saw a television show that had views of Cornwall. Your corner of the world is also gorgeous.
I count my blessings every day and one of them is that I was born, raised and was able to move back to live in the lovely part of the world that is Cornwall! 🙂
Welcome diversion, love the wildlife anecdotes!
I’m sure the stories will contain more drama. Steve almost walked into a family of skunks the other night. And there are bears. Which we haven’t seen. Yet.
Please don’t stop posting about your home, your cooking, and your fabulous views. I love all that you have to say. When I was young, I was into the Western riding scene, barrel racing, team roping, cutting. I love all the horse sports even though I don’t own horses today. I love to read about your relationship with Tonka. I have chickens because of your blog, The Hen Blog. I refer to it all the time any time I have a question about my girls. Please keep posting on all the subjects that are dear to you. Thank you for sharing with your readers. Mona, from sunny California
How nice to hear that you still refer to the HenBlog!
I absolutely love seeing posts about your new life in Maine! Keep ’em coming!
I love to see your wildlife posts, Terry – keep ’em coming!
I’ll need to learn a lot more about what I’m seeing here in order to share. I’ve already taken out a bunch of books from the library. This is a good excuse to delve into it.
I just like any observation from you – such a wonderful read….
Have been reading your posts for years and love them all, please keep them coming. Update on Jess, see has managed to get a flexi time job working at a local stud farm which she is enjoying and fits in with her exams 🙂
I enjoy ALL your posts! Aren’t horselovers ANIMALlovers???
We are, but we do tend to be quite obsessed about one in particular 🙂
I haven’t been on the back of a horse for nearly 20 years but I do love all your posts Terry….horse, nature or otherwise. You are an excellent writer and a pleasure to read. I must admit I still occasionally wonder how the “beast” and her minions are doing along with the goat boys. Please give that Scooter a nice pat from me.
I heard from the new owner of our house, and they are thoroughly enjoying the hens, the rabbit and the koi. The goats are near my home and are having much fun exploring their new farm and meeting all the new animals.
I love these diversions!! The pictures and your thoughts are always inspiring to me 🙂 Sometimes an unexpected but refreshing stop to look at the world around us is just enough to reset my mind after a tough day!!
It does help alleviate the stress when we stop and look and appreciate, doesn’t it? Sometimes it takes someone else (like me and my blog) to help you to remember to do it 🙂
I love hearing about what is going on with you and yours, not just about the horses, FYI. 🙂
Thanks for letting me know! 🙂
I love the flora and fauna stories and pics! This post reminds me that when I was small, mom told me when she was a girl there were fireflies in our home town of Los Angeles. She was born in 1917, so…a very long time ago. They were gone by the time I came along. Sorry to say, I’ve never seen one.
Fireflies would make you happy! You need a vacation to Maine in the summer 🙂