July 23 – 29, 2021Vol. 23, No. 7

The "blue mountains" of Western Maine, as seen from the "Oakland Overlook" west of town on the Smithfield Road (Route 137) on a late July afternoon. Photo by Gregor Smith.

On the Cover

The Wonders Of A Farm

There is magic on a farm: plants grow, animals frolic, children thrive, life is good. There is a sense of space and freeness and security. A farm during last season and this season is an antidote to the sudden halt to other areas of life. More

The Luckiest Boy

The Bravest Mouse

For those of us who are fortunate enough to have a seasonal camp, there's one thing we are apt to have in common. When opening up in the spring, there are often mice, squirrels, bats, chipmunks, or other winter visitors hiding here and there. More

Call of the Loon

Loons Are Nesting Later

Great Pond presently has seven chicks with, as far as we know, one nest still to produce. Long Pond has two, with a potential for another three. Despite an early ice-out by three weeks, our nesting season is for the most part three weeks late which doesn't make any sense. More

On the Lakes

Camp Rental Responsibility

You may believe renting your camp out to make some "effortless" money during weeks that you won't be there anyway is the way to go, but renting out your camp can come with a steep price — the depletion of your lake's water quality. More

Dams Report

Keep Those Umbrellas Handy!

Last week, I wrote that with all of this rain our ponds should be "up to two to three inches ABOVE full pond." Well, of course we got the rain, but our ponds came up a paltry inch or so. Pond levels have not been coming up proportionately. More

Barkley On Books

Maine Memories

I love finding library books that are third or fourth publications from years gone by: one good test for a good read. Maine Memories by Elizabeth Coatsworth is a 1944 book that was republished in 1947 and my library copy in 1968. Most of those years I remember well, do you? More

Take It Outside

A "Yesterday" Kind of Day

Every serious fisherman who travels to various places to catch fish has shown up and been told, "You should have been here yesterday!" I went out fishing on Long Pond the morning after Tropical Storm Elsa blew through the area, bringing high winds and almost 2″ of rain. More