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July 2022. (1 year anniversary of the KC)
1 Year Anniversary Interview
Mae Belle Contemplates a Sunset
Allen Crabtree Tells Ghost Stories with History and Humor
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I’ve had a lot of moons
Lighting my face,
Loving me, lately,
Including a “blue moon”.
At least that’s what,
What we “humans”
Call it, in English,
In the year 2015.
I wonder what our
On the other side
Of the universe call it?
I wonder what the
I wonder what all
The creatures we
Share the planet with
Perhaps they say nothing,
And it just
Something to gaze upon
If nobody looks up.
Where the First Galaxies Formed
We are dust made in stars,
but having a great summer, nonetheless.
All the Way from Essen, Germany!
Brooke , the Chronicle Baby, Turns 1 July 20
Black-eyed Susans and Fragrant Water Lilies
by Carol-lee Lane
It was sometime in the late 30’s that my grandfather, Herbert Worth, an immigrant from industrial England, bought his quarter acre of Eden. His coworker in Massachusetts knew of a fellow in Maine that had a couple camp lots on a lake to sell. Grandpa was a blue-collar Renaissance man; a machinist who collected miniature steam engines and elephant statuettes; who painted landscapes in oils, and took beautifully composed black and white photographs. When he came to Keewaydin to investigate the camp lots, he fell in love with the gentle dynamism of the silhouette of Albany mountain, with its bold vertical ledges exposing the structural bedrock beneath its lush, sloping forest curves. The mystical serenity of the mist rising above a perfect mirror image of the mountain and heavens extending infinitely into the still waters of the lake in the early morning light delighted and sustained him. He bought the lot with the best view of the mountain and had a one room cabin built. He worked all summer and fall at the machine shop in Massachusetts and drove six hours on Friday night and again on Sunday to spend his weekends at Keewaydin.
The season of Black-eyed Susans and Water-lilies has arrived. After this grueling spring of gluttonous caterpillars it is a relief to be able to focus on these two uplifting flowers, that so ably reflect both the mundane and transcendent aspects of our beautiful Keewaydin environment.
For those who aspire to a native garden, the golden, daisy-like roadside rudbeckia hirta makes a radiant, sweet-scented contribution to any flower bed or walkway. They are biennial plants whose dark purple-brown centers produce bountiful nectar for butterflies, bees and other insects that in turn support our woodland birds. It is a perfect choice for our climate zone, tolerating temperatures into the -30s. They prefer rich, moist yet well-draining soil, and plenty of sun. Black-eyed Susans set out root clusters to carry the plant into its second year, when the flowers appear. These root systems make them ideal plantings for containing soil erosion and embankments. Black-eyed Susans are not invasive, but seeds produced in one season will establish new plants that will blossom two summers later, renewing your bed with minimal effort. Picking or deadheading your first flush of blooms may win a second set of blossoms in the fall. In short, Black-eyed Susans are an easy, resilient native flower that can enrich your garden and our wildlife.
The Fragrant Water-lily, or Lily of the Water, (Nymphaea odorata) is a delicate contrast to the robust rudbeckia, seemingly beyond the reach of human cultivation but susceptible to human destruction. They are best seen in early morning when they open to the daylight and release their perfume. They demurely close during the heat of the afternoon but open again in the waning light of the afternoon, and close to seemingly rest through the night. They breathe through the upper surface of their lily pads, which provide a haven and home for many species of frogs, dragonflies and other insects. Fish and other animals rest in their shadows, and water birds eat their seeds. Shore dwelling animals from muskrats and beavers to moose and deer eat the fleshy underground rhizomes of Water-lilies. In short, they are a visual and literal feast for the surrounding community, human and wildlife alike. As a result, unlike my grandmother in her canoe, I do not think we should gather these beautiful, fragrant flowers. Our many water activities - boating, fishing, even swimming - limits the undisturbed shallow areas in which these fruitful plants can create such vital habitats for so many other species. Better to gently glide in on canoe or paddle board or kayak, cautiously and carefully paddling through the pads and stems to preserve and appreciate the bountiful and fragile beauty of the Fragrant Water-lily.
Reports of Rogue Loons on Surrounding Lakes
"Rogue" might give the wrong connotation. Historically, loons have always competed for survival and supremacy, and successful occupation of breeding territories. Aggressive encounters are common, and they can happen at any time during the breeding season. What I find interesting about this year is that up until recent chick hatchings, aggressive encounters have been quite low. Then in just a couple of days I learned of three separate cases of parents with chicks being attacked by intruding loons. These encounters lead to the demise of several chicks and at least one of the adults. 🙁 It's hard to witness, but it is nature (wildlife) at work, which often isn't warm and fuzzy, like we'd like it to be.
Loon Conservation Associates
NOTE: Perhaps that’s why they call it “wildlife” and not “warm and fuzzy life?”
If you see a loon do this… Back Away
Oxford County Blues.
This is a poem about a North Waterford character named Alton Rich. Enjoy.
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Sunset, July 1st 2022
July 4th Boat Regatta: Big Success
Give Peas a Chance
Bears on Win Brown Road
Feed me, Mama!!
Tree Swallow Photos by Ralph Fletcher
Ralph took these in Durham, NH.
note from bird watcher, Lucia Owen
Tree swallows have not been around this area for 5-8 years or more. I’d say more. We used to see flocks over the water here and on Norway Lake. Not in a very long time. Not sure what ME biologists or ME Audubon say.
My guess would be this is partly because the insect biomass issue discussed in last month’s chronicle.
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The Breakfast Has Landed
Welcome to the Good People of Camp Margaret who came all the way from New Mexico! That’s a long paddle!
photos by Brittany Owen
Summertime Fun with Brooke and Aunt Katie
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