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Turkey Tracks: Camden Snow Bowl: View From the Top

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Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2013

Camden Snow Bowl:  View From the Top

My friend Marsha Smith–a founding member of Citizens for a Green Camden–for which she works tirelessly and for which she has done so much good work–sent me this picture of her 9-year old grandson–taken at the top of Ragged Mountain.  The recent snow meant folks could ski the whole mountain, which many of them are doing as often as they can.

Look at the view from the top!

That’s Megunticook Mountain to the north; Penobscot Bay is out there; and Hosmer Pond is the white, frozen expanse below Ragged Mountain.

Devon, Marsha's grandson

It takes a good 10 minutes to ride the lift all the way up–which I have done in the summer–so the downhill run must be so much fun if you ski.

Cl;early this young man is already an accomplished skier!

A link to Green Camden is on the right sidebar of this blog.

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January 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Turkey Tracks: Wild Maine Male Turkeys’ Behavior Explained

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Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2013

Wild Maine Male Turkeys’ Behavior Explained

The phone rang last night–mid evening.

My first cousin, Rusty Bryan had just read the blog entry about the strange behavior of our wild Maine male turkeys.

Rusty has forgotten more about hunting, fishing, farming, and wild turkeys than most of us will ever know.

The juvenile wild male turkeys, or jakes, he said, were being “schooled” by the older males, the toms.  The behavior I witnessed is something he has seen many times.

What followed was a delightful phone visit and a promise on his part to come to Maine to eat lobster and to check out our wild turkeys–and a promise not to shoot my “yard turkeys”–a promise he made after a hearty laugh and the acknowledgment that he knew I’d feel that way.

We also lamented the fact that maybe none of us wrote down how his mother, Martha Dykes Bryan, used to cook wild turkey.  You can’t cook them like a domesticated turkey–and the legs are always too tough to eat no matter what you do.  But I’ve eaten the wild turkey breast many times in Reynolds, Georgia, growing up, and it’s fabulous–when cooked right.  The recipe went something like this memory–she put the seasoned turkey in a closed, heavy pan, cooked it at 500 degrees for one (or two?) hours, and then let it sit in the oven for some time–over night???  Rusty said that wild turkeys have a lovely layer of fat just under the skin that can baste the meat gently if not overcooked.

People up here say that our turkeys don’t get a lot of food that makes the meat taste good, but I think it’s that they don’t know how to really cook them the way my Aunt Martha did.  In any case, if there’s ever a food shortage and we need meat, I’ll know just where to look!!!

Sadly, Rusty has not been able to hunt wild turkeys for many years now.  The land has all been bought and busted up by new owners from Atlanta and elsewhere and put into hunting clubs–so there’s no land for Rusty to hunt anymore.  It’s sad to see a cherished way of life disappear.

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January 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Turkey Tracks: Winter Male Turkeys

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Turkey Tracks:  January 4, 2013

Winter Male Turkeys

Just before we got the BIG SNOW last week, the turkeys were visiting regularly.  One night a group of males nested in the trees just beyond the chicken coop–and answered back as I talked to them while locking down the coop for the night.  They are so HUGE up there high in the tree tops.

Right now, the hens and males are traveling in two separate bands.  But, we have seen them moving closer together recently.  I think they start mating up here sometime in February.  Or, maybe it’s just that they start forming separate, smaller bands, each with a male and a grouping of hens.  I can’t think the hens lay eggs and sit on them in two feet of snow!

Anyway, one day a larger-than-average group of males was all around the house–included were some younger males–clearly still juveniles.  (Average is about five males.)  The turkeys formed a line that swept, serpentine in movement, all around the back hill.  The line formed and reformed as different turkeys, mostly the juveniles I think, were pushed out of the band and rejoined it.  Occasionally one of the larger males would flare up his feathers and spread his tail.  All their heads were bright red–not the blue associated with mating.

Here they are in a brief, calmer moment.  In looking at the picture, maybe some were hens, though it seemed at the time like they were all males.

Dec 2012 male turkeys

I have no idea what was happening.  But it sure was fun to watch, which I did for about 15 minutes as the line moved erractically around the hill.

Rusty Bryan, any ideas????

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January 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

Turkey Tracks: Handmade Winter Snow Globe by Kathy Daniels

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Turkey Tracks:  January 4, 2013

Handmade Winter Snow Globe By Kathy Daniels

Coastal Quilters had their annual Christmas party early in December.  As part of the festivities, we had a Yankee Swap.  Though I’m sure other members think they wound up with the best gift, I came home with the BEST swap ever–a handmade snow globe, made by member Kathy Daniels, who is an art quilter.

Here’s a picture:

Winter Globe

The insert on the inside of the globe has two fabric sides–both made by Kathy.  The tree side has white fabric for snow, blue fabric for sky, and tiny trees thread-painted with her sewing machine.  The stars are embroidered onto the sky fabric.  Here’s a close-up, sans most of the snow:

Winter Globe 3

The other side is a tiny bare bush that is dotted with French knots that make up red and white berries.  Kathy has couched a line of frayed, fuzzy thread to separate the snow and the sky.

Winter Globe 2

Kathy says this project was not hard.  There’s probably a kit somewhere for the apparatus itself–and the interior fluid.  The outer ball is soft plastic, not hard, so one does have to be gentle with it.  It came in a large box that I will use to store it when spring makes itself felt.

I have shaken up the snow and watched it fall so many times now since early December.  Something about watching the falling snow is soothing.  The action slows one down for at least a minute!    It’s a gift that will keep on giving–full of creativity and promise.

Kathy did a trunk show for Coastal Quilters some time back, before she moved to Camden from elsewhere in Maine, so there is another entry about her, with pictures of her and some of her amazing quilts , elsewhere on this blog.  And, her web site is http://studiointhewoods.blogspot.com/.  I’m sure you’ll find lots of good quilt pictures and fiber art projects on Kathy’s blog.