Copyright John A. Sperr


  May 24, 2013

Update from Downeast Maine

Image saved from
Google Maps

Google Maps released new aerial imagery of the Blue Hill Peninsula earlier this spring and it is a major upgrade to what was previously available. As I zoomed in to inspect it, I suddenly realized that I could see what appeared to be my car at the top of the hill in the parking area (left middle margin). When I brought the same location up in Google Earth, it's more powerful features and better zoom capability confirmed the date as one when I was there working in our wild blueberry field and convinced me that I was indeed looking at my black Passat wagon. Eventually, I was able to locate myself in the image. (If you want take up the challenge, here's a kmz file for Google Earth -- let me know where you think you have found me -- extra points, Ryan and Will, if you can deduce the time of day ± 5 minutes that the photo was taken.)

Weather  Links

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Trip Update

First stop on the way to Maine was to help Rappy shore up the sweat lodge at his camp on Muddy Pond. The teepee has been there forty some years -- this round of maintenance will be the last before it gets a complete rebuild in another ten or twenty years by the next generation of users.

Deba, Rappy, Larry, and Ken trimming the first round of boards with a chain saw

Ken looking for the perfect pine board

Four faces have a new covering on the lower half of the structure

Lunch break around the fire pit

Off to Downeast Maine

After ten sunny and warm days, the weather turned cold and wet as I arrived to tend to some weed management in the wild blueberries and do some more land clearing. The system was forecast to move through by Tuesday evening, but stalled -- the weather appeared that it would not clear before Memorial Day, so I cut my trip short.

Penobscot Bay at Bucksport

View to the east towards Acadia from the new blueberry field

A beautiful flowering -- we need more bees to pollinate them

View back to the top of the hill across the new field of blossoming plants



Current Jetstream Forecast and Surface Conditions -- Image by Environment Canada

Rappy, I, and Larry preparing to sister the door frame on the front face

Door frame sistered and trimmed -- clean up time before I hit the road for Maine

"Fishing Jim" makes a welcome appearance after a long absence -- he'll be back on the 4th.



Misty morning at the cabin

Wild blueberry plants in full bloom

Ironworkers torching off and lowering sections of the towers of the old Route 1 suspension bridge in Bucksport. The new cable stay bridge is the only one of its kind in the Northeast




Weather Links

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Northern Hemisphere 850 Temp  Regional Summary -- NY, NJ, CT, MA 5 Image 2 Day Forecast Maps
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Day 2 Quant Precip Forecast Map Northeast Wind Speed (Kts) & Streamlines 31 Frame Forecast Animation
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photo Copyright Brian Reid, December 2002



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