A weekly display of the best pictures taken locally by our readers in Central Maine!

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The Town Line’s photo contributors have been hard at work

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Jayne Winters, of South China, was surprised by this visitor one morning in June.

Marilyn Rogers-Bull, of Solon, photographed what she called, “acres & acres of beautiful blossoms,” on August 18, in “The County.”

Michael Bilinsky, of China Village, snapped this double rainbow outside his home at the head of China Lake.

Pat Clark, of Palermo, snapped this swallowtail butterfly in her backyard in June.

Laura Jones caught this bluebird with its next meal in its beak. This photo was taken in August.

Janet Soucy captured this duck, she named Peggy-Sue, because it is missing a foot. It has been returning for three years.

Karen Spehler, a summer resident on Sheepscot Lake, found this loon posing for her in August.

Emily Poulin, of South China, caught this female gold finch gathering what appears to be materials for a nest.

Give Us Your Best Shot! (Week of August 23, 2018)

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EARLY HALLOWEEN: Steve Nichols, of South China, found what could be early Halloween masks when he sliced open this green pepper.

CLOSE UP: Emma Salisbury, 16, photographed this grasshopper at the Benton Falls.

OOPS: The photographer of this White Admiral butterfly, Kaleb Brown, 12, of Palermo, was misidentified last week.

Give Us Your Best Shot! Week of August 16, 2018

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SALUTE THE ADMIRAL: Kaleb Brown, 12, of Palermo, snapped this White Admiral butterfly resting on a leaf.

LOON FAMILY: Karen Spehler submitted this photo of a family of loons enjoying a swim together on July 29.

REFRESHING: Lindsey Varney caught her dog, Toro, enjoying a swim in China Lake at sunset.

Give Us Your Best Shot! Week of August 9, 2018

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DELECTABLE: Emily Poulin, of South China, recently photographed these ants on wet peonies.

CLEANING HOUSE: Betty Dunton, of Gardiner, recently caught this bird doing some housekeeping.

EARLY RISER: Janet Soucy, of China, snapped this early morning sunrise at Pellerin’s Campground.

Give Us Your Best Shot, Week of July 26, 2018

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NATURE’S FINEST: Tina Richard, of Clinton, a frequent contributor to Give Us Your Best Shot, sent along these photos recently.

a chipmunk beginning to store acorns for the winter

a deer wandering out of the woods probably in search of food

a momma loon with a chick in tow

Give Us Your Best Shot! Week of July 12, 2018

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FIELD OF LUPINES: Bob Bennett, of China, photographed this field of lupines and a classic Maine barn in Whitefield.

DINNER TIME: Jayne Winters, of South China, snapped this Eastern Phoebe with a dragonfly, ready to feed the young.

HMMM, GOOD: John Gardner caught this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly enjoying the nectar of these lilacs.

Give Us Your Best Shot! Week of June 28, 2018

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HUMMINGBIRD MOTH: John Gardner snapped this Sphinx moth, a/k/a hummingbird moth, recently.

 

COMING AT YOU: Tina Richard, of Clinton, captured this spectacular photo of a bald eagle exiting its nest. Its mate and young can be seen in the nest.

 

SOAKING THE SUN: This turkey vulture was photographed by Pat Clark, of Palermo, stretching its wings while soaking in the sunshine.

Give Us Your Best Shot! Thursday, June 14, 2018

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FANCY MEETING YOU: Michael Bilinsky, of China Village, snapped this photo of a downy woodpecker with what appears to be a redwing blackbird.

 

PICTURE POSTCARD: Betty Dunton, of Gardiner, photographed this cardinal in a tree shortly after a snowfall last winter.

 

STRETCHING: Tina Richards, of Clinton, caught this bald eagle as it landed in a field seeking some food.

Give Us Your Best Shot! Week of May 31, 2018

BUSY SHUTTER: Michael Bilinsky, of China Village, has been busy with his camera. From top to bottom, a cardinal, a blue jay, and, just as summer is approaching, a reminder from last winter.

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photo by Michael Bilinsky

 

photo by Michael Bilinsky

 

photo by Michael Bilinsky

Give Us Your Best Shot! Week of May 17, 2018

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“ICE IS OUT, JOE”: That’s what these birds seem to be saying while sitting on Michael Bilinsky’s dock, in China Village.

 

JUST STRUTTING ALONG: Valerie Baker, of Weeks Mills, snapped this male wild turkey
crossing a road.

 

APRIL FLOWERS: John Gardner photographed these which he called “Martha Staples’ April flowers.”