1 This is the view from the Skylands terrace of Seal Harbor and Suttons Island.
2 Inside Skylands - This is the living hall in it's winter covers. The furniture and other objects are covered over during the winter months to protect them from the sun's harmful UV rays and to keep them dust-free.
3 In springtime, those covers are removed and spring cleaning begins.
4 During winter, the windows in the upstairs bedrooms are covered over with winter curtains.
5 This is another bedroom where the winter curtains had been removed.
6 I call this wall in the kitchen, the Great Wall of China.
7 All that China is taken down and washed each spring. This is one of the housekeepers, Gretchen Sweet, busy at work.
8 Here is Gretchen putting the last of the clean dishes back.
9 More of the Skylands crew - Mike and Blake Hodgkins are preparing to move the kitchen table off the floor so that it can be refinished.
10 Each spring, since I've owned Skylands, I have the kitchen floor refinished by Leroy Cousins.
11 Leroy, a real master of his craft, sands the entire floor by hand.
12 After sanding and washing, Leroy applies the finish, a formula of his own creation.
13 Once the floor was dry, everything was put back in place. The kitchen is officially ready for another busy summer season.
14 After all the storm windows had been removed and stored and screens installed, the leaded glass windows were carefully washed, pane by pane.
15 After finishing with the spring cleaning in the main house, the housekeepers moved to the guest cottage, which is still decorated with a pink theme.
16 The guest house, too, is now all cleaned and ready for guests.
17 Spring cleaning outdoors, as well
18 There are so many beautiful wild flowers growing in the surrounding woods. This is a deep red trillium.
19 A white nodding trillium
20 And a beautiful pink trillium - One should never pick a trillium. Doing so seriously injures the plant by preventing the leaf-like bracts from producing food for the next year and it takes a plant many years to recover.
21 A Northern Flicker with a grub - These large woodpeckers are often seen on the ground because they mostly eat ants and beetles, digging them up with their long pointy bills.
22 A Pileated Woodpecker - These crow-sized birds are the largest woodpeckers in the United States.
23 This is a very common male red-winged blackbird. While the male is black with vibrant red and yellow wing markings, the female is a nondescript dark brown. This difference is called sexual dimorphism.
24 A very handsome male American Goldfinch
25 A male Purple Finch
26 And a male Ruby Throated Hummingbird
27 A Barred Owl - This woodland raptor has a distinctive hoot that sounds like 'who-cooks-for-you, who-cooks-for-you-all.'
28 These dandelion-like flowers are Tussilago farfara, commonly known as Coltsfoot. The flowers appear early in the spring before the plant's leaves form.
29 The delicate blooms of Amelanchier, or shadbush - so named because it blooms at the same time as the upriver migration of the shad fish.
30 Purple azaleas with bee
32 Fragrant and delicate Mayflowers - This wildflower has been on the endangered list since 1925.
33 Wild Maine blueberries in bloom. These berries hold a special place in Maine’s agricultural history, one that goes back centuries to Maine’s Native Americans, who were the first to use the tiny blue berries, both fresh and dried, for their flavor, nutrition, and healing qualities.
34 Skylands peony
35 Skylands peony and kiwi vine
36 Clematis montana var. rubens 'Tetrarose' - A vigorous grower, the beautiful rose-colored flowers contrast nicely with the bronze-tinted foliage.
37 Bleeding heart - a quintessential cottage garden flower
38 Skylands allium
39 Skylands tree peony
40 This is the Skylands Council Circle, where we enjoy fires at night and share stories. I had this circle built after finding plans for one in the original Skylands blueprints of famed landscape architect, Jens Jensen.
41 The gardens surrounding the Council Circle are filled with native plants.
42 A close up of the amazing yellow Lady Slippers
44 The back porch at Skylands with hanging fern baskets
45 The following photos were taken in Acadia National Park. This is a shot of Jordan Pond and The Bubbles. The North Bubble on the left, has the highest elevation at 872 feet. The South Bubble follows at 766 feet.
46 A Jordan Pond beaver gathering wood
47 This tree was gnawed downed by a beaver.
48 A beaver and a loon
49 A beautiful loon, or diver, as they are known in the UK
50 Loons dive under water to find fish, their main source of food.
51 Coming up for air
52 Water beads right off of the plumage.
53 Simply spectacular!
54 A white-tailed deer lying down
55 A great blue heron taking off
56 The great blue heron is the largest North American heron, having a wing span of 66 to 79-inches.
57 The incredible Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor
58 A super moon from the Cooksey Drive
59 A breaking wave at Thunder Hole
60 The same wave - Thunder Hole is a small inlet, naturally carved out of the rocks, where the waves roll into.
61 The same wave - At the end of this inlet, down low, is a small cavern where, when the rush of the wave arrives, air and water is forced out like a clap of distant thunder.
62 The same wave ebbing - Water may spout as high as 40 feet with a thunderous roar!
63 This is Hemlock Bridge, One of only two Gothic-arched bridges on the Rockefeller carriage road system. Built in 1924, it is one of eight major stone bridges on the Around-the-Mountain carriage road loop. The pointed arch design was chosen for its harmony with the pointed hemlock trees which surround the site.
64 And this is Waterfall Bridge, built in 1925, a massive stone-faced bridge that carries the West Sargent Mountain Road alongside a picturesque cascade, which serves as a focal point for users of the road.
65 A shot of Red Admiral butterflies as they made their migration to Canada