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July 10, 2013

A Peek at Peaks

This past weekend, my sister invited me to spend a couple days with her on Peaks Island in Maine. Peaks is a small island in Casco Bay, about 15 minutes from mainland Portland by ferry. Her husband’s family has been vacationing on Peaks for many years. I’ve been to visit a few times in the past, but my most recent trip prior to this past weekend was about 5 years ago, so I decided to take Jennifer up on her offer.

During the ferry ride, I had a view of the iconic Portland Headlight:
Portland Headlight from Casco Bay

Approach to Peaks Island:
Approach to Peak's Island

Each morning I was there, Jennifer and I and her cute little cavachon, Ozzie
happy Ozzie
took an around-the-island walk of about 4.5 miles.

I saw many beautiful flowers in bloom:
black-eyed susan





This cottage had gorgeous climbing flowers (roses? not sure!)
climbing roses on cottage

Probably of no surprise to anyone who reads this blog, sea birds also caught my camera’s attention.

A blue heron:
blue heron

and I’m not sure what kind of duck this is:
Black and white duck? Any id ideas?
I’ve spent some time on my bird identification site and I’ve been unable to come up with an exact match. Any thoughts?

I also got to photograph a new-to-me bird, a cedar waxwing:
cedar waxwing(1)
Isn’t it pretty? It turned around and appeared to be looking right at me:
cedar waxwing(2)

Here’s a sight you don’t see everyday when you are out for a walk:
mailbox sculpture
Don’t ask me, I really don’t know! 😉

Peaks almost always has a lovely sunset to round out your day:
Peak's Island sunset(1)

Peak's Island sunset(2)

I hope you enjoyed your little tour around Peaks Island!

P.S. Scott has a new photo assignment! Pop on over and check it out!


  1. Thank you for the shout out and for sharing these lovely photos.

    Not sure about the duck either. Almost looks like it was changing his plumage from breeding colors or molting. Tough angle to get enough identification markers.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 10, 2013 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

    • I’m having a tough time with that duck! It looks a little bit like a couple different kinds of ducks but doesn’t seem to match any of them exactly.
      Thanks Scott.

      Comment by Karma — July 10, 2013 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  2. Loved the visit to the island. I checked both Peterson and iBird Plus and had no luck with your duck.

    Comment by Carol — July 10, 2013 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

    • It’s an unlucky ducky isn’t it, Carol? 😉
      Thank you!

      Comment by Karma — July 10, 2013 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

  3. these are beautiful shots, “karma”! dontcha love cedar waxwings? i saw my first ones this spring, and fell in love with them. they’re just so clean and tidy looking. : )

    Comment by Kate — July 10, 2013 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much Kate! Yes, I really loved the cedar waxwings. I have no idea if I will ever see them again since I don’t know if they hang out in Massachusetts or not.

      Comment by Karma — July 10, 2013 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  4. Wonderful images. What a great visit you have had. Don’t know about the bird. Sorry.

    Comment by sybil — July 10, 2013 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil – yes, it seems as though my island visit was a little easier reached than yours was! 😉

      Comment by Karma — July 10, 2013 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  5. Love that picture of Ozzie! You got some really nice shots of the birds, glad you found out what that pointy headed one was. I’m going with a scoter duck, look it up. 🙂
    (p.s. It’s actually “Peaks”, not “Peak’s” – sorry if you got that off some random locator thingie that came up on Facebook on my photos.)

    Comment by Jennifer Weldon Adams — July 10, 2013 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

    • Ozzie just happened to turn and look at me at that moment. I thought he looked nice in that light!
      Believe me, I have looked at scoter ducks. There are 3 or 4 different kinds of scoters, and my picture doesn’t seem to match any of them exactly. The shape of the head definitely seems right for a scoter, but the markings don’t match any of the breeds. I’ve even found a website you can send a picture of a bird to and they will try to identify it. I haven’t heard back.
      I fixed all of my “Peaks” mistakes! Thanks!

      Comment by Karma — July 10, 2013 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  6. Gorgeous pics, Karen! The hubby and I will be vacationing in Portland next month. It’s supposed to be a “romantic” vacation trip, but I’m equally as anxious to take some pictures in New England! Thanks for the “taste” of what’s to come!

    Comment by Tamara Eckstadt — July 11, 2013 @ 10:08 am | Reply

    • Thank you Tamara. Enjoy your visit to Maine!

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2013 @ 8:24 am | Reply

  7. Karen…your pictures are gorgeous! The flowers are so pretty and as you know Portland Headlight is one of my favorites that I haven’t seen for a while. Looks like my girls had a very relaxing time on the island.

    Comment by trish49 — July 12, 2013 @ 7:03 am | Reply

  8. Beautiful! Brilliantly captured. For a minute, I wished living in that cottage. Fresh and Lively. Nice island it seems. I love the sunset. Thank you very much, Karen.

    Comment by sonali — July 15, 2013 @ 12:09 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Sonali, for your kind comments.

      Comment by Karma — July 15, 2013 @ 7:59 am | Reply

  9. A peak experience all the way around… A visit to an island in Maine sounds like heaven!

    Comment by Kathy — July 15, 2013 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

    • How clever you are with words, Kathy! 😉 Thank you.

      Comment by Karma — July 16, 2013 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  10. Loved the trip to Peaks Island! Looks really lovely there!

    Comment by Dawn — July 17, 2013 @ 7:01 am | Reply

  11. Wonderful series of images, Karma. Looks like the Cedar Waxwings are cooperative this year. That sculpture cracked me up! 🙂

    Comment by Robin — July 20, 2013 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin! I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a Cedar Waxwing before this year, never mind photographed one. My sister says that the person part of the sculpture is a new addition while the bicycle part had been there for a long time.

      Comment by Karma — July 21, 2013 @ 9:10 am | Reply

  12. Magnifiques photos d’un beau séjour au bord de l’océan! J’adore les vues de la mer, des fleurs, de ce joli pavillon dans les roses blanches. Merci de nous avoir fait partager tes découvertes. Bon weekend.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — July 20, 2013 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

    • Merci beaucoup, Isa. Tu ecrive toujours des commentaires très gentil et attentionné!

      Comment by Karma — July 21, 2013 @ 9:12 am | Reply

  13. […] my sister for a few days on her vacation on Peaks Island in Maine. I’ve been there before and shared it with you. It was a lovely two days of salt air breezes, walks around the island, relaxing on the quiet beach […]

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