My human ecological background (human ecology being the only major at the college from which I graduated) makes it impossible for me to ignore all parts of an environment. “Nature” cannot be discussed without including all parts: animals (including humans), plants, or rocks. To represent my connections to the environment I know the best, I picked three different alliterative representations of the Maine outdoors.
Of all the wildlife I consistently interacted with while growing up in the woods of central Maine, partridges—or ruffed grouse to a less local speaker—(pictured above) were probably the most common. From spooking them from their nests and getting scared witless by the nearby deep beating of their wings to the more subtle drum of a hopeful male (a sound you can feel in your heart better than you can hear in your ears), partridges were ever-present.
Even more common than the regular partridges in the area were the white pines (Pinus strobus), a plant so splendid and common in Maine to give it the designation of being our state tree. But beyond being a common tree species in Maine, this tree has been hugely important to local people for centuries due to its immune supporting vitamin C content and its uses for making paper and many other wood products.
Despite the partridge and pine already being apt representatives of my local environment, I decided to feature an important tool to remind us all that humans are as much part of nature as another animal or plant. The peavey is a tool that was invented in Maine for the purpose of better manipulating logs—Bangor, ME having been the logging capital of the world in the 1800’s. My grandfather still has a peavey in his workshop and my dad often wishes he had one when cutting firewood from big trees.
And so this blog began—once I decided upon the three best representatives of the environment I know so well and will always call home, the focus of this blog became clear: stories about the outdoors and the people that live it. These stories and photos are dedicated to all those who call Maine home, to those who live and work in the outdoors, and to those who appreciate the humor in all those quirky rural people you can find anywhere.