This book celebrates Acadia’s Centennial with stunning photos

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 Stunning. Inspiring. Astonishing. Well, I really don’t have adjectives sufficient to describe the photos by Tom Blagden, Jr. in a new book, Acadia National Park – A Centennial Celebration.

Tom has been a professional nature photographer for 35 years, concentrating on Maine, South Carolina, and Costa Rica. I have honestly never seen photos this stunning. From gorgeous sunsets to an amazing photo of a herring gull chasing an osprey that has an alewife in its claws, I spent a lot of time savoring each photo.

Linda and I now have the book on the coffee table in our living room, where we flip the page each day to enjoy a different photograph. All of the photos were taken in and around Acadia National Park, and the book was published as part of the park’s 100th anniversary.

Bradford Camps are a state treasure

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I’m sitting in the living room of the lodge at Bradford Camps, on Musgungun Lake in the north woods, staring at a mount of a big bull moose and the pelt of a bear. To my left a fire is blazing in a beautiful stone fireplace, above which is a salmon mount done by the amazingly talented David Footer. In addition to mounting the fish, Dave painted a beautiful scene on the board holding the fish.

In the dining room is what must be one of the most beautiful pieces Dave ever did, a very colorful brook trout mounted on a gorgeous painting of two guys fishing in a canoe.

Can you get rid of those nasty geese? Not hardly!

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 An adult goose poops 8 times a day, depositing ½ to 1 pound of droppings, leaving a disgusting unhealthy mess. If you are plagued by a group of geese, you know what I’m saying. In a week, they can leave an astonishing amount of poop on your lawn.

Third “Wildlife on the Move” kids’ book is exceptional

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Summer Get-a-ways

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                Linda is working full time in her hoop house, raised beds, and other gardens, so I agreed to write a column about some of our favorite summer get-a-ways. Let’s begin on the coast, which for us means way down east. And we’ll focus on small inns and B&Bs in beautiful places.

                Deer Isle is a real gem. The Pilgrim’s Inn offers great rooms and some apartments and includes a wonderful restaurant. Nearby in Stonington, we enjoyed perhaps the best meal of our five years of travel writing – the tasting menu at Stonington’s Aragosta restaurant. We enjoyed both the visit to the Inn, in 2014, and the dinner at Aragosta, in 2015, with our friends Rusty and Sue Atwood, who recommended both places.

Now we know why folks love Ogunquit.

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                Our beach escape began with a picnic at Laudholm Farm in Wells, a federal reserve with 7 miles of trails, one of which takes you to a lovely beach. Then it was on to The Meadowmere resort in Ogunquit, a town that wins many awards as a tourist destination.

                The Inn offers many amenities which keep people coming back year after year. At the outside hot tub, we met three related couples from various states who have gathered here twice each year for more than twenty years. They raved about the inn and Jonathon’s restaurant next door – making us very glad we had a reservation for dinner there that night.

Roger AuClair: a renowned and revered fisheries biologist

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 Roger AuClair should never be forgotten. I especially appreciated his relentless advocacy for our native brook trout. Along with fisheries biologist Forrest Bonney, Roger helped me to understand how important Maine’s native and wild brook trout are, and inspired me to work to protect and enhance them.

With leadership from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, especially SAM’s Fisheries Initiative Committee, we were able to convince the legislature to designate brook trout as our state’s Heritage Fish and to protect them in waters that have never been stocked.

But Roger AuClair was way ahead of us on this. Here’s something he once said, “I have never agreed to using live fish as bait, which is a danger because it can result in unwanted introductions and cause all sorts of problems. But it’s so well entrenched world-wide, you can’t even talk about it. It’s all about business.”

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