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Nesting female loon. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Mrs. Loon relaxes during nesting duty. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Mr. Loon straightens his feathers after a dive. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Notice the brow ridge (angled forehead). This is how you can sex loons. Females have smooth heads, are smaller, and can't yodel. Males and females have identical plumage and both care for the young. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Golden hour swim. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Phoebe babies the day before they fledged. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Ornamental chives. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

A snapping turtle heads back from whence it came. Not so the next day when I waited for another one to frolic in a puddle in the road in the pouring rain. Watch out, they're out and about. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

The eyes have it. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

A pair of young bucks were as surprised to see me as I was to see them while kayaking. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Deer at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)

Cedar Waxwing eating quince flowers in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)

Northern Crescent butterfly at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)

Viceroy butterfly at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)

Indigo Bunting at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)

Buttercups as far as you can see. Today's hail did not seem to damage them. (Jane Knox)

They make a beautiful golden rug and if it weren't for the swarming insects I'd take a nap. (Jane Knox)

Petunias, the most hardy summer flowers, already everywhere in flower boxes and gardens. (Jane Knox)

My weed wacker. (Jane Knox)

Lupines spell SUMMERTIME in Maine. (Joe Hall)

Guess who? The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in Maine. (Joe Hall)

(Joe Hall)

The old watchful woodchuck. (Joe Hall)

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9 Responses »

  1. The woodchuck looks like nature's Green Hulk!

  2. Nice picture's by all. The head of the lake is a nice place to be I guess, I love the animals. People take it easy I have seen a couple of turtles smashed in the road and at least four ground hogs dead beside the roads. Sad. to see that. Everyone have a good week.

  3. I really enjoy all the pictures & I think those who take the pictures really do it beautifully. Thank you everyone, you did it greatly.

  4. Thank you for sharing some fascinating moments with DB readers!

  5. I agree with Allison. Animals are getting hit in the road and some roads that they are being hit on can be avoided. The pictures are awesome, bet you had to be very patient with the loon pictures.

  6. Exceptional photos!!! Why would anyone want to go anywhere else in the summer?!

  7. All great pictures this week. Love the cedar waxwing, loons and butterflies

  8. I just love your weed wacker Jane!! Awesome photos everyone!!

  9. Jane,
    I just love your loon pictures. I have never even seen one and you have captured what lovely animals they are. But - because I'm a turtle lover - I think your snapping turtle is my favorite of the bunch. Oh - to see him in person! Thank you for sharing your view of the outdoors!