Outdoor Gallery

A Canada mayflower.

Bugs and birds abound

By Dave Small on July 02, 2013, at 9:42 a.m.

Doe a deer, a female deer

By Aimee Thibodeau on June 07, 2013, at 11:45 a.m.
This lovely lady stopped by my parent’s house in western Maine Friday morning.
Framed through the arch of a fishing rod, Jonathan James of Eddington adjusts fishing lines on West Grand Lake, Sunday during the weekend Togue Fishing Derby on West Grand and Pocumcus Lake.

Togue time on West Grand Lake

By Terry Farren on June 04, 2013, at 10:22 a.m.
Anglers flocked to West Grand Lake and Pocumcus Lake over the weekend to take part in the West Grand Lake Fishing Derby. The target: lake trout, or as they’re commonly called in these parts, togue. Framed through the arch of a fishing rod, Jonathan James of Eddington adjusts his lines. …
What happens when too many ducklings try to share the same log? This young mallard found out, splashing down at Essex Street Marsh in Bangor after receiving a nudge from its siblings.

One mallard over the limit

By Dave Small on June 03, 2013, at 11:19 a.m.
A red fox and her five kits have been exploring the area around their den near the north branch of the Dead River in Eustis recently. Photos courtesy of Dave Small

Fox and kits entertain in Eustis

By Dave Small on May 20, 2013, at 10:06 a.m.
From the community
Early morning sun on West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Views from Quoddy Head State Park

By Marty Saccone on May 17, 2013, at 10:31 a.m.
The snow and cold of winter are a fading memory and spring has arrived. It’s already mid May and the the days are getting longer and warmer. Out of state license plates have also arrived and are starting to appear around Lubec and surrounding areas. Today alone I’ve seen Pennsylvania, …
An osprey tends to some nest-building chores near Searsport recently. (Photo courtesy of Dave Small)

Osprey nesting near Searsport

By Dave Small on May 08, 2013, at 11:02 a.m.

Quilled critter on the move in Steuben

By Brian Feulner on April 15, 2013, at 8:25 a.m.
BDN Visuals Editor Brian Feulner caught this quilled critter with his lens over the weekend while it was on the move in Steuben at the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge.
 Ted Williams (right) admires a painting by Tom Hennessey of the Bangor Daily News. The painting depicts Williams on one of his Atlantic salmon fishing trips to Canada's Miramichi River. Hennessey presented the work to Williams in Bangor on Sept. 4, 1965.

Tom Hennessey: Decades of loving the outdoors captured in art

By Aimee Thibodeau on March 01, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.
After 54 years with the BDN, Tom Hennessey is marking the official end of his career, which began in 1959 as an apprentice printer. We will miss Tom’s regular visits to the newsroom to ensure his art was properly scanned, that his column had successfully arrived to our computers through …

Long-tailed ducks make for great photos

By Dave Small on Feb. 26, 2013, at 9:45 a.m.
The Quietside  of Mount Desert Island was anything but quiet this weekend. My visit to Indian Point, Bass Harbor, Ship Harbor Trail, Seawall, Manset and Southwest Harbor was pleasant and rewarding. Several birds of varying species were available for observation, if not for photos. A little hiking and a little riding and a picnic …

Chickadee, pileated woodpecker pose for photos

By Dave Small on Feb. 19, 2013, at 8:59 a.m.
Although I stayed close to home this past week, the local wildlife entertained me. Black-capped chickadees and tree sparrows were using my garage roof melt water for a bathing area. Lots of fun watching them for several minutes. I always appreciate having the University of Maine Forest trail network accessible within a few yards …

Lucky ducks join Maine state bird as photo fodder

By Dave Small on Feb. 12, 2013, at 9:42 a.m.
I never tire of seeing and photographing the Maine state bird, the black-capped chickadee. Their antics provide nearly endless entertainment. I caught one in the University of Maine Forest that allowed me to get pretty close. It was traveling with a white-breasted nuthatch that also struck an interesting pose. A visit to Camden Harbor …
From the community


By Brian Ashe on Feb. 11, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.
I captured this photo of a curious Chickadee during a winter afternoon at the Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden, Maine. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →
Emil Husson of the Stratton Mountain School of Vermont slams a gate in the Eastern Cup Super G, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Sugarloaf.

Steep, fast and long — Sugarloaf’s Narrow Gauge putting Olympic hopeful skiers to the test

By Robert F. Bukaty on Feb. 08, 2013, at 5:28 a.m.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — In the Northeast there’s only one ski trail steep enough, fast enough and long enough to be sanctioned as an official downhill venue: Sugarloaf’s fabled Narrow Gauge. Last week, 100 of the East’s hottest young skiers put the trail to the test in a series of …

Frigid weather doesn’t slow photo opportunities

By Dave Small on Feb. 05, 2013, at 9:41 a.m.
A couple of hikes on Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge led the way to some great outdoor Maine outings. First, a cold, windy hike over a transect trail through various forest growth types, out onto the meadow with a small group. The lavender bushes and mossy up-welling made trenches for blowing snow …
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Spectacular surging ocean seascape taken today, January 31, 2013 at Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec, Maine
Doesn't get more beautiful than this. 
Definitely worth the time and effort to visit and experince this place for yourself.

Views from Quoddy Head State Park

By Marty Saccone on Feb. 01, 2013, at 2:20 a.m.
January went out with a roar today at Quoddy Head State Park. A coastal storm with winds and gusts above 50 miles per hour combined with a 1:43 PM high tide. The resulting ocean surge produced sea swells in excess of 20 feet and a spectacular display of natures fury …

Seen any spiders on the snow?

By Dave Small on Jan. 29, 2013, at 1:09 p.m.
As we endure bitter cold, I’m thankful for warm clothes and great outdoor opportunities in Maine. During the warmer weather that preceded this cold snap, the snow had slushed up. Folks on the trail, no doubt seeking their vitamin “N”,” left slushy foot prints that quickly froze overnight, then were covered over by …
From the community
North American Red Fox playing in Bradley on Jan. 23, 2013.

North American Red Fox

By Chip McInnis on Jan. 23, 2013, at 3:51 p.m.
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‘Slice of light’ makes for great outdoor photos

By Dave Small on Jan. 22, 2013, at 9:37 a.m.
In recent years I have been progressively more fascinated with light filtering through the woods. Several times I’ve started collections of photos called “Slice of Light” with the intent of producing a DVD picture show with the same name. Usually, after reviewing the pics, I trash the entire production because the images simply do …

Sea ducks pose for the camera

By Dave Small on Jan. 15, 2013, at 10:01 a.m.
A recent trip to the Quiet Side of MDI provided a few photo opportunities. Sunshine and a brisk cold wind made for an exciting outing. A jaunt around Ship HarborTrail in Bass Harbor showed up some great snowy panoramas, but the strong winds seemed to keep the critters at bay. Manset offered …
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