Gardens Aglow has an amazing display of 500,000 lights

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I can’t come up with an appropriate adjective for Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Amazing, astonishing, fabulous, fantastic. Even these do not completely describe this display.

You really must see it sometime between now and December 31. It’s not expensive and you can buy tickets on their website or when you arrive.

Bad News! Maine coyotes are becoming wolves.

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 The newspaper headline would have pleased many Maine hunters: “Future of Coyotes in doubt.” But Patrick Whittle’s Associated Press story related that the reason the future of coyotes is in doubt is because they are becoming wolves.

The “increasing wolflike traits are making it a larger, more adaptable animal equipped for survival on the East Coast, scientists say. The growing wolflike characteristics mean humans must learn to better coexist with the adaptable predators, scientists and wildlife advocates said,” reported Whittle.

“It’s especially bad news for deer,” he noted. And boy, he got that right.

Scientists predict coyotes, as they continue to grow larger and more wolflike, will become more effective predators. I thought they were already pretty effective predators!

Maine Harvest Festival is a wonderful celebration of rural Maine

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          The Maine Harvest Festival is our favorite annual event. “Celebrating Farm Fresh,” the festival’s slogan, doesn’t even begin to describe this amazing event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Festival Director Judy Perkins of Garden Ridge Farm has done a great job, expanding the festival every year.

An Island For Sam by Sandra Dickson

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 Our 3 year old granddaughter Ada was enchanted by An Island For Sam, Sandra Dickson’s true story of a Shetland pony named Sam who rode the Laura B, a Port Clyde ferry, to Monhegan where the pony’s owner, Aunt Peggy, turned the pony over to her young 5th-grade niece.

Ada loves horses and points them out in the fields as she rides to school. So of course, she loved this story, which is told in the voice of the niece. Ada was very excited to see that Sandra had autographed the book to her, and when I told her it was hers to keep, she said, “Grampy, can I keep it forever?”

We’ve visited Sandra’s wonderful art gallery on Monhegan, where the pony’s home was. Islanders were very excited by the arrival of the pony and helped the niece’s family build a horse barn.

You could win this great book!

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 I recently read and wrote about a great new book, The Naturalist’s Notebook. And I am pleased to alert you to an opportunity to win a free signed copy of the book.


Got deer meat? Kate Gooding needs some.

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 If you don’t have Kate Krukowski Gooding’s wild game cookbooks, put them on your Christmas wish list. Kate is an amazing cook, and once cooked a fantastic wild game stew on my TV show Wildfire. Everyone in the building flocked to the studio to eat a bowl of that delicious stew.

Not long ago Kate was on Bill Greene’s TV show, making Black Fly Stew. And she put blackflies in it! Bill claimed they were tasty, but I doubt it!

A stunning story about an amazing hike

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 While you will be inspired by Thomas Jamrog’s amazing experience hiking the Continental Divide Trail, you will not be inspired to do that hike.

For one thing, it’s a 2500 mile 5 month journey through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, on a trail often described as desolate and brutal. Having read Jamrog’s book, In the Path of Young Bulls, published by Maine Authors Publishing, I think that description is an understatement.

But I found the book fascinating and was unable to put it down, racing through it as fast as I could, captivated by his detailed (and sometimes troubling) accounts of each day. This really is an incredible story.

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