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red maple

Flowering Red Maple Twig

I’m a Maine Master Naturalist and a freelance writer. My happy moments are spent wandering and wondering in the woods of western Maine. And photographing and sketching what I see. And writing about the experience. And trying to find out the answers. Honestly though, I don’t want to know all of the answers.

For the most part, I just like the wandering and wondering. That’s when I feel most alive. I hope you’ll join me on the journey. Sometimes it will be a little of this and a lot of that. Probably, it will be that way for the most part.

I’ve found I don’t have to wander far to find myself wondering. And maybe along the way I can encourage you to step out your door or out of your comfort zone and do the same.

Just take a look at the flowers on that Red Maple twig above. Have you ever stopped to check them out? To really look at them?

I think it all came clear to me years ago when our oldest son was competing in a Nordic ski race. We’d had a fresh snow storm the day before. After the race he said, “Mom, it’s so beautiful out there. Everyone was going so fast that they missed it.” Yup. That’s what it’s all about.

Join me to wonder as I wander.

 

 

21 thoughts on “About

  1. Anticipation is the name of the game … Wondering While Wandering … What’s around the next bend? … as inner and outer worlds find convergence in the complex simplicities in being intentionally attentive to Nature’s Grace… Ahhhh!

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  2. Leigh, Thanks for a wonderful workshop yesterday.Your personality, little logs and tree bark pamphlet made for a great learning experience! Candy

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    1. Candy, Thanks so much for your kind words and for checking out my blog. It’s always fun to spend time with like-minded people. I do wish there had been more time to get outside and see the real thing. Enjoy your next venture in the woods with your bark eyes and I hope our paths cross again. Leigh

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  3. Hi Leigh, I’m promoting a talk by Dorcas Miller for Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. Would it be possible to use your photo of Dorcas with the bear claw shawl (with photo credit to you of course) to illustrate her presentation on our website and in local papers? Thanks in advance, Alice Seeger

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  4. Thanks so much for the detailed and positive review of my book, A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees. It sounds like it would be great to take a hike with you. I really appreciate the good press. –mm

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    1. Mark, Thank YOU so much for taking the time to read this and comment. I think A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees is a fabulous addition to my book shelf and back pack. In fact, I’m on the board of the Maine Master Naturalist Program and asked our curriculum coordinator to review it. If it doesn’t become one of our text books, it should at least be on our recommended reading list. Well done, indeed. Oh, and if you’re ever in western Maine–give a shout. LMH

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  5. Leigh, thanks very much for leading the USVLT hike in Denmark yesterday. My wife talked (browbeat) me into signing up for it. I expected a group of short, aged, round people fawning over every bush and track. The group was anything but. Despite my poor efforts at humor, your observations and information about the plants and animals was fascinating. I look forward to hiking with you again. One suggestion, though. Arrange for either an ice cream truck or hot dog stand at the turn around point. 😁 Thanks again. Don Gemmecke

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    1. Don, thanks for adding humorous observations to the walk. I equally enjoyed the journey and meeting new people. How ’bout a pub at the turn around point next time! Oh, and thanks for stopping by to check out my blog. Happy trails until we meet again, Leigh

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  6. Hello Leigh,

    I stumbled across your blog looking for info on squirrel middens. I teach kindergarten in a public charter school in Gray, Maine. We wonder and wander in our local forest. I wondered if you ever do school programs or would be willing to do so?

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    1. That would be fun, fiddleheadkindergarten. I actually run an after-school program in Lovell for 6-10 year olds. Please send me an e-mail separate from my blog. Even if I can’t do it, I can probably find someone else.

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