Three years ago and entering our eighties, we decided to move closer to family in Freeport. Our house is outside of town but important Portland resources are less than thirty minutes away. A major worry for me was that bird photography opportunities might be less accessible than they had been in the midcoast. That concern fortunately turned out to be unnecessary as you will see in the slideshow above.
Our new neighborhood is surrounded by major wooded areas and a large farm. As soon as we got here, we began to create and encourage more bird habitat around our house. We left a substantial part of our two and a half acres in a natural meadow and planted wildflowers, hoping to attract more birds and butterflies.
Unexpectedly, during the following spring and ever since, the birds have come to us. They have come in great profusion, with more species than we imagined. We also began to observe a surprising number of other living things including many beautiful butterflies, insects, and a number of wild animals.
Several neighbors have become interested in what we're doing and have alerted me to visitors in their back yards including a Barred Owl, an active fox den, and accessible nests.
I hope you will enjoy seeing all of this. It has made us more aware of the interdependence of wild creatures on each other and on us humans living in close proximity to them.
|Address||4 Bishop Farm Road
Freeport, ME 04032
|Daytime phone||(207) 869-5777|
In 2009, I began taking photographs of the birds around our house in Maine and soon realized how much I had been missing. I needed a better camera with a longer lens. Even more important though, was developing an awareness of what was going on around me and where to point that lens. I have really just begun to learn about the natural world.
I've been privileged to see both ends of some amazing long distance migratory flights in Maritime Canada, the southern U.S. and Costa Rica. My close friend Keith Carver and I have spent time with the Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and many other species in New Mexico. We've visited the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Texas Gulf, both coasts of Florida as well as Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada.
WHAT'S NEW IN 2021
Please take a look at my new featured gallery titled "In Greater Detail" to see what I've been doing lately. In the last few months, I've been learning to use a camera with more pixels. A longer zoom lens has helped me choose an appropriate focal length for capturing as much detail as possible under the changing circumstances present in each shooting situation. If I'm not too old to learn how to use this equipment, I'll become more skilled at showing you a level of detail not previously available to me.
Let me know what you think.