Tag Archives: Portland

Maine’s Trademark ‘Blue’ Lupins Are In Full Bloom For 2021 (Fort Williams, Portland).


by Anura Guruge


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Yes, we have Lupins, multicolored at that, in New Hampshire, BUT we can’t match the abundance in which they blossom, each Summer, in Maine. Lupins are an iconic trademark of Maine. This is still early & I suspect that we still have quite a few weeks to go before they all fill out in their glory. Nonetheless, it was, indeed, heartwarming to see this splendid display, today, in Fort Williams (outside Portland).

I had to share it with you. Enjoy. I will do another post on the other flowers I encountered at Fort Williams. It is a great place to enjoy flora in the Summer.

‘Cape Elizabeth’, Maine (By Portland) — V. Scenic, Rural, Historic & Lighthouse-Rich.

by Anura Guruge


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This is ‘Cape Elizabeth’, Maine. Of course, from ‘Google Maps’.


For perspective. Not hard to find. Right next-door to Portland.


Click to access my post from a fortnight ago, i.e., July 31, 2020.



Not, of course, as scenic as ‘Acadia‘ — but not too many places are. But, this area is NOT bad. Has the advantage that it is 3- to 4-hours CLOSER than Acadia. I discovered it for the first time two weeks ago. I was very impressed. Didn’t have much time to explore because we had started in York. So, I am going back to spend more time. I am sure I will find interesting places & things to do. That is I.

One thing I did notice. Never seen as many BIKES — as in push bikes — in one place. So, at least, cyclists share my appreciation.

P.S., Easy enough to get to. Just start off on famous ‘Route 1’.


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One MORE Female Zoo Keeper, The 6th To My Knowledge Since 2013, Attacked By Captive Big Cat; I Blame Hormones.

by Anura Guruge


Click image for ABC News original. Google for more.


Click image to access my post. One of many. You can find links to the others on this post.


This has happened TOO MANY times of late for us to pretend that there is NO connection.

I get grief from women who think I am trying to prevent females from working with Big Cats. Not at all.

I am just stating something that you just cannot overlook. I am NOT an out-and-out expert but I do know some about Big Cats, females and female hormones. I have three daughters and currently live in a house with three females.

Female hormones are powerful entities. And if you THINK that a Big Cat cannot smell changes in female hormones you have been smoking some bad stuff for too long. That is my only point.

I think there is a hormonal connection.

I am familiar with, and have documented 4 instances of such attacks by tigers on female zookeeper, since 2013. They are: Dianna Hanson in California in March 2013, Renee Radziwon of Portland in November 2013, Sarah McClay in the UK in May 2013 and then Rosa King, at Hamerton Zoo Park, also in the UK, in May 2017.

That so many young female zookeepers are being attacked by Big Cats could, of course, all be but an unfortunate coincidence.

BUT, there is something else we should consider. These are all women were still of childbearing age. I think that there is an hormonal connection, something to do with ‘scent’ that tigers and lions can smell. IF you think they can’t smell changes to our scent due to hormonal changes, then you are probably not that familiar even with domestic dogs.

It is something, I think, that should be studied further. We might be able to save some lives of other female zookeepers.


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Yet Another Female Zoo Keeper, The 5th To My Knowledge Since 2013, Attacked By Captive Tiger; I Suspect Hormones.

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From the UK “Daily Mail“, Nov. 6, 2017.

Click here to access article & pictures.


This attack, in Russia, of a female zookeeper by a ‘Big Cat’ is not the first — though she was lucky in that she was NOT killed.

I am familiar with, and have documented 4 instances of such attacks by tigers on female zookeeper, since 2013. They are: Dianna Hanson in California in March 2013, Renee Radziwon of Portland in November 2013, Sarah McClay in the UK in May 2013 and then Rosa King, at Hamerton Zoo Park, also in the UK, in May 2017.

That so many young female zookeepers are being attacked by Big Cats could, of course, all be but an unfortunate coincidence.

BUT, there is something else we should consider. These are all women were still of childbearing age. I think that there is an hormonal connection, something to do with ‘scent’ that tigers and lions can smell. IF you think they can’t smell changes to our scent due to hormonal changes, then you are probably not that familiar even with domestic dogs.

It is something, I think, that should be studied further. We might be able to save some lives of other female zookeepers.


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Yet Another Female Zoo Keeper, The 4th To My Knowledge Since 2013, Killed By A Captive Tiger — Are Hormones To Blame?

by Anura Guruge


Click to access BBC original.


This attack, at the Hamerton Zoo, in the U.K., of a female zookeeper is not the first.

I am familiar with, and have documented 3 instances of such attacks by tigers on female zookeeper, since 2013. They are: Dianna Hanson in California in March 2013, Renee Radziwon of Portland in November 2013, and another from the U.K., Sarah McClay in May 2013.

Yes, of course, this could all be but an unfortunate coincidence.

BUT, there is something else we should consider. These are all young women still of childbearing age. I think that there is an hormonal connection, something to do with ‘scent’ that tigers and lions can smell. IF you think they can’t smell changes to our scent due to hormonal changes, then you are probably not that familiar even with domestic dogs.

It is something, I think, that should be studied further. We might be able to save some lives of other female zookeepers.


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Don McLean (As In ‘American Pie’) In Trouble In Maine — And 2016 Mugshot.

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The 2016 Mugshot in Maine.

Yikes.

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That was in May 2016, i.e., last year.

He has now been slapped with a protective order from his estranged wife.

Click here to read the March 8, 2017, story from the (incomparable) U.K. “Daily Mail
— my primary source of U.S. news.

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A real shame for all involved.

I like Don McLean. Always has. ‘American Pie‘ is one of my all time favorite songs.

We were really lucky to see him in Portland, Maine on July 4, 2013.



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Rare Death At Acadia National Park — Just Ahead Of July 8, 2016 Centennial.

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From ‘WMTW8‘ TV in Portland, Maine.

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>> Refer to this, June 8, 2016 post for the Fatal Fall at Acadia a month ago <<

Two deaths so close together is unusual in that Acadia averages but
a couple a year‘.

That the Park Service has accepted this as being ‘in the Park’
is telling. They are very reluctant to do so.
Folks that fall into the ocean from the Park
are NOT counted as Park-related fatalities!

Not all of “Echo Lake” is within the Park
(as you can see from map below).

That would have been quite a swim —
whether across or lengthwise.
If the water was cold you were asking for trouble.


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“Echo Lake”, Mount Desert Island, Maine. Note that 60% is outside of the Park. [From “Google Maps”, of course.] Click to ENLARGE.


Click image for details about July 8, 2016 centennial of ‘Acadia’ — then NOT called as such — becoming a “National Monument”.


Echo Lake“, as it happens, is one of areas of Acadia associated with Nude Bathing;
i.e., it is said to have some Nude Beaches.


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Portland, Maine, ‘Stars & Stripes Spectacular’, July 4, 2016: Just The Symphony, No “Don McLean”.

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Click here to access official Website for ‘Spectacular”.

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Concert schedule from
(above cited Website).

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Don McLean’s famous, evocative appearance was in 2014.

Though there were ‘rumors’ that he would appear in 2015 that was not to be the case. The guest star was Suzanne Nance — and due to bad weather they had to push back the ‘Spectacular’ to July 5th.

Appears that this year it is just the highly rated and very accomplished “Portland Symphony Orchestra“. 


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Fatal Fall At ‘Acadia National Park’ — One Of The ‘Few’ Deaths Each Year.

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From ‘WCSH6‘ TV in Portland, Maine.

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From Google Maps. Mount Desert Island. Click to ENLARGE. Area where he fell is marked. From ‘Google Maps’, of course — who else.


We can, of course, relate to this. Though not funny, both kids on hearing this news from Deanna, ‘commented’ that that could have been ‘Dad’. Yes, we have clamoured about the rocks in this very scenic area to take pictures. Devanee had a fall just above ‘Sandy Beach’ last September. So this was ‘close to home’.

On our second visit to Acadia in June 2014 I had asked some Park Rangers as to what the casualty figures were for Acadia. They were reluctant to comment but in the end admitted that it was around a ‘couple a year’. But they pointed out that those were deaths that occurred within the Park. They did not count those that fell into the Ocean — even if it was from the Park! So per the National Park Service this death will NOT count as having happened in the Park. He would have died when he fell into the Ocean and that is outside of the Park.

This picture taken during our June 2015 visit is from roughly that area. Click to ENLARGE.


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Nude (Nudist) Colony In Maine, in Durham — Now Defunct.

by Anura Guruge


We do have a mission here, at this blog, of trying to identify and document
all of the nude (nudist) beaches in New Hampshire and Maine.

While this, from what I can see, does not qualify as a beach,
unless it was by the river, 
and, moreover, it is now defunct
— I felt I should document it for posterity and completeness.


From the March 27, 2016, U.K. “Daily Mail”
(which I read every morning).

Click here for the original U.K. “Daily Mail” article.

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Durham, Maine from Google Maps — relative to Portland, Freeport, Brunswick, Bath & Lewiston. Not on the coast or by any BIG lakes. Also not that far north from Maine’s southern border. There is a LOT of Maine above this area.


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