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September 3, 2011

Take a Walk with Me

Filed under: Travel — Karma @ 8:26 pm
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I still haven’t finished sharing all the photos I’d like to share from my vacation in Maine, so in this blog post I’d like to take you on a special walk with me.  Those of you who were reading this blog last summer may remember that Becky and I vacationed around the corner from each other.  Although I’ve been vacationing for more years on Hills Beach than I can remember, Becky pointed out a great little place to take a walk that I never knew about before called East Point Sanctuary, which is maintained by the Audubon Society.  It was a wonderful place for a nature-ocean-walking lover like me!

After a short walk abutting a golf course (something else that I never realized was there) and into some quiet woods, the trail opens up in to beautiful vistas.


The morning had been a little hazy, but near the end of the point, I was able to get the closest view I’ve ever seen of the lighthouse I’ve looked at on my vacations since I was a child, Wood Island Light:

This is the lighthouse you usually see in many of my photos from this view:
Wood Island

In addition to the beautiful views, there was no lack of fun flora and fauna for me to photograph.




This had to be one of the chubbiest ducks I’ve ever seen – unfortunately it never turned its head in my direction.  Then I met another critter that wasn’t chubby at all:

A garter snake slithering along the warm, seaside rocks.  At first I thought it was a piece of discarded rubber, so I was quite surprised when it moved and started flicking its tongue

I was more fascinated than nervous though, and hung around long enough to get a closer-up portrait:

The butterfly, hill of green and big blue sky I showed you in my photo hunt post were also from this walk.


Well, I hope you enjoyed your little walk with me!  And thanks Becky, for bringing my attention to a new experience in a familiar place!


  1. Looks like an absolutely gorgeous and perfect vacation spot! How relaxing to walk along the beach, listening to the water…. 🙂 Now, if I had turned around and saw that snake slithering along, that would have been the end of me at the beach (at least for the day)! I still have a hard time sitting in my back yard after that garter snake visited us a few times! I know they’re harmless….. but still…… 😛 Wonderful photos!! 🙂

    Comment by Photo By Holly — September 3, 2011 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

    • Luckily that snake wasn’t on “our” beach; it was actually around the bend a little way – I had to get in the car to get there despite how close it was (or swim!)
      Thanks Holly!

      Comment by Karma — September 3, 2011 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

  2. Oooooh, how NICE to get an entirely new experience at a place you already (thought you) knew well! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — September 3, 2011 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

    • It was really nice Tracy. I went all by myself too, so no one was there to care while I stopped and took as many pictures as I liked!

      Comment by Karma — September 4, 2011 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  3. That was a nice little tour that you wrote. Great photos. Exceptionally good close-up of the garter snake. Sorry, I couldn’t ID your fat duck for you. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Karen.

    Comment by Bob Zeller — September 3, 2011 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much Bob! I don’t know if it would help with the duck ID or not, but if you look toward the lower left corner of the duck picture, there is another amongst the the seaweed whose face is visible. You can click on any of my pictures and see them larger on Flickr – maybe that could help with an ID?

      Comment by Karma — September 4, 2011 @ 9:10 am | Reply

  4. They’re beautiful! Well, except for the snake… eww! LOL
    I have some pictures of berries, too, from vacation (red and orange), not sure if they are the same as these. Any idea what they are?

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 4, 2011 @ 11:30 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. Nope, not a clue what those red berries are, but they were pretty! 🙂 My orange berry-like objects are beach rose hips.

      Comment by Karma — September 4, 2011 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  5. Well firstly, thanks for posting so many images, as with my wafty internet it’s just taken me 5 mins to load up… lol… Guess it was worth the wait though… Looks like a pretty amazing place Karen, and the perfect spot for a stroll… You certainly bagged some real nice shots.. 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — September 4, 2011 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

    • I did worry about putting so many shots in one post – I guess I could have cut a couple of the snake!
      Thanks Brian.

      Comment by Karma — September 4, 2011 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

      • LOL… You know I’m messing with you… Just cos my internet is cr*p is no reason for you to curtail your posting… 😉

        Comment by FS Photography — September 4, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

      • Oh, I know, but sometimes I have a hard time deciding when enough is enough!

        Comment by Karma — September 5, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

  6. I love rocky coasts! Thank you for inviting me along on your morning walk; even more enjoyable here in my comfy chair with cat on lap, dog snoring next to me and my coffee at hand.

    Comment by Carol — September 5, 2011 @ 10:28 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carol – your spot in your chair sounds perfect.

      Comment by Karma — September 5, 2011 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  7. Love your walk! Brings back great memories. 🙂

    Comment by Becky Sue — September 5, 2011 @ 11:30 am | Reply

    • Thanks Becky – thanks for mentioning it last year! It popped into my brain when vacation was almost over!

      Comment by Karma — September 5, 2011 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  8. I enjoyed it immensely. It looks like such a beautiful place. Fantastic capture on the snake. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — September 7, 2011 @ 8:40 am | Reply

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