If you've just roamed more than 200 yards off shore in one of the year's most extreme low-tides, you might sit down and ask your self a philosophical question: Are my boots half-full (of sea water) or half-empty?
You have wandered (stepping carefully) through a world of clams, mussels, urchins, anemones, shrimp, crabs, starfish, rock weed and other forms of Maine sea life, much of it breathtakingly colorful, in lovely dawn light. Your feet are numb from the 44-degree ocean water. An adventurer might judge your boots half-empty—after all, you could have roamed a few yards farther out, gotten a little deeper, seen even more—but nothing about this morning feels the slightest bit empty.
Back on Land... Spring life is popping out all around—in our case indoors as well as outdoors:
An indigo bunting showed up this week. Buntings are a type of finch and this one joined our massive and chatty flock of other finches: goldfinches, purple finches and pine siskins.
After our last blog post, on naturalist Bernd Heinrich's upcoming visit to the Notebook, we received many happy emails from people who have stopped by in seasons past and are eager to return. Here's just one:
"We visited your store last September on our first trip to Maine. Your store is one of my all time favorites of all the places I have traveled in the U.S. I taught biology in Ohio for 36 years and I always tried to do displays of biological themes and incorporated art as well. I am a nature collector and follower. I could have spent days in your store. I absolutely loved all that you have put together to educate everyone about the environment. I wish I lived closer to your store as I would gladly volunteer and help you in any way."
I swapped emails with Bernd Heinrich, who said waves of migrating birds had just reached Burlington, Vt., this past weekend. While watching a woodpecker hole over the course of two days as part of his research, he either saw or heard 62 bird species.
Answers to the Last Puzzler
1) How many octopus species are there?
Answer: b) 289
2) How tall is the tallest tree on Earth (a redwood)?
a) 298 feet
b) 379 feet
c) 415 feet
Answer: b) 379
A riddle: How do rabbits keep their hair neat?