Partridge, Pine, and Peavey

Stories and Photos from the Outdoors and the People Who Live It

Why Partridge, Pine, and Peavey?

“Nature” cannot be discussed without including all parts: animals (including humans), plants, fungi, 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 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.

Eastern white pine
Eastern white pine

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.

Grampy's peavey
Grampy’s peavey

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 and photos 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 wonders of the natural world.


22 thoughts on “Why Partridge, Pine, and Peavey?

    1. Not a silly question at all! The most common way to take advantage of the vitamin C found in Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) is to use water that has come down a bit from boiling (boiling water can “cook it” a bit much and lead to decreased properties and off flavors), pour over several fascicles (clusters) of pine needles in a cup or teapot, cover for 5-10 minutes, then drink! You can play around with the amount of pine needles and the length of steeping. Using a lot of needles and/or letting it steep a long time can make it taste very bitter, but that isn’t a problem as long as you can stand the flavor! Play around with it and let me know how it goes! Glad you like Maine too and very glad you’re checking out my blog!

  1. Once in awhile I yield to these things, and one consequence is that I’ve nominated you for a Butterfly Lighting Award. The details will be in a posting tomorrow (Wednesday) at Jnana’s Red Barn, where I’ll link to you regardless of your decision to follow through. Thanks for doing what you are online, and my best regards for your presentations ahead. In the meantime, take a bow in the spotlight.

  2. Great Blog! The scent, soft touch of pine needles takes me way back to when I listened to my teacher read aloud The Boxcar Children. I envied their bed of pine needles! Thanks for stopping by Laura’s Lens and for the .

  3. I am happy to have found you through Twitter this morning. Thank you for following me there. I’ll be following you here and will read a bit each day during my coffee break to get caught up.

  4. This is beautiful! You have done a lot of work. Your pictures are the best I’ve seen for identifying plants – so worthwhile to all of us. I will spread the word, especially about the pine needle ‘tea!’. Thank you! All the best!

  5. Happy to have found your site….Looked for ‘Differences between Red and Grey Fox”…wonderful photos…Thanks!

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