Nature Notes

July 22, 2017

Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine

Filed under: Lighthouse,Maine — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine

Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine

Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine is probably North America’s most photographed lighthouse. Located at Cape Elizabeth, construction was begun in 1787 at George Washington’s directive and completed in 1791.

Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine

Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine

Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine


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July 21, 2017

Dunbar Covered Bridge, Indiana

Filed under: Covered Bridge,Indiana — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

 

Dunbar Covered Bridge, Indiana

Dunbar Covered Bridge, Indiana

When Built: 1880

Builders: Not known

Description: It is a fine looking structure in spite of signs of wear with an interesting arrangement of windows.

 

Dunbar Covered Bridge, Indiana

Dunbar Covered Bridge, Indiana

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July 18, 2017

McConnell’s Mill and Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

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McConnell's Mill and Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

McConnell’s Mill and Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

When Built: 1875 (Bridge) 1869 (Mill)

Builders: Not known

Description: Built in a very scenic area, the restored mill is just upstream from the Covered bridge.

 

McConnell's Mill Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

McConnell’s Mill Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

This is part of a series on Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges.
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July 17, 2017

Neustadt Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Neustadt Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Neustadt Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Built in 1857 in Neustadt and operated as a grain mill until 1990.

Ontario's Old Mills

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July 16, 2017

Guilford Covered Bridge, Indiana

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Guilford Covered Bridge, Indiana

Guilford Covered Bridge, Indiana

When Built: 1879 (Rebuilt or replaced in 1998)

Builders: A.M. Kennedy & Sons (original) LL Brown Co. and the Amos Schwartz Co. (1998)

Description: Originally situated on nearby Yorkridge Rd., it was moved to the present site in 1960. Repaied or replaced in 1998 after a fire. Some nice design touches on the portals and sides.

This is part of a series on Indiana’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

Guilford Covered Bridge, Indiana Guilford Covered Bridge, Indiana

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July 15, 2017

Dead Man’s Fingers

Filed under: Fungi,Ontario — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Dead Man's Fingers, Xylaria polymorpha

Dead Man’s Fingers, Xylaria polymorpha

I was having a wander through a local woods when I noticed this very odd looking fungi nestled in a dark corner. It is known as Dead Man’s Fingers, Xylaria polymorpha. It grows near the base of a dead stump on the wood just beneath the ground. I suppose with a little imagination, it might resemble the fingers of a dead man, but I tend to think it looks more like something a cat might leave behind.


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July 14, 2017

Porter-Parsonfield Covered Bridge, Maine

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Porter-Parsonfield Covered Bridge, Maine

Porter-Parsonfield Covered Bridge, Maine

When Built: 1876

Builders: J. Berry

Description: The bridge was bypassed in 1960 but has been maintained in good shape by the towns of Porter and Parsonfield.

Porter-Parsonfield Covered Bridge, Maine

Porter-Parsonfield Covered Bridge, Maine

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July 13, 2017

Great Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Filed under: Ontario,Waterfalls — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Waterdown Falls, Ontario

Waterdown Falls, Ontario

This waterfall goes by a number of names including also Waterdown Falls, Grindstone Falls, Grand Falls, Smokey Hollow Falls and Waterdown Falls. Great Falls is probably my least favorite but it seems to be becoming accepted. Grindstone Falls has a nice ring to it but there is a falls by that name north of Thessalon. Personally I like Waterdown Falls.

The Grindstone Creek which flows through Waterdown, Ontario formerly powered a number of foundries and mill, and the resulting smoke gave the area the name Smoky Hollow. The Great Falls over this creek is a very accessible waterfall and a pleasure to visit. You can reach it by going south on Mill St. in Waterdown, from the Highway 5 intersection (Dundas St.) As you go down a hill to the left, you will see the small parking lot on your right.

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Waterdown Falls, Ontario Waterdown Falls, Ontario


Warning: It can be dangerous to view and photograph waterfalls. The footing can be wet and slippery, and an accidental fall can result in serious injury or death. Note also that many sections of waterfalls are on private property. Please respect these rights.

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