Things you find in the woods never cease to amaze

During hunting season a year ago, I carried a camera for the first time, and snapped photos as I wandered the woods looking for deer.

Never did find the deer. But I did end up taking some photos that people found amusing … or alarming … or downright sickening.

Like the recliner that someone discarded on a hillside. And like the two deer that someone apparently poached and dumped in the woods, side-by-side.

This over-sized bloodsucker stands guard in the Maine woods. Where is it? Who made it?

This year, I’m happy to report, I’m still carrying a camera. (I’m not so happy to report that the deer have not showed up this year, either).

And over the weekend, I happened upon a scene that I just had to take a photo of.

Somewhere, not too far from Bangor, they grow mosquitoes extra-huge, it seems. These critters have a four-foot wingspan and sport metal stingers.

So my question to the rest of you woods-trompers: Have you ever seen this beast in the Maine woods? Where did you find it? (I’m curious: Maybe this “skeeter” is a home-made contraption, or maybe there’s an artist out there who has made more than one of these metal insects.

And the bonus question: If you know who actually created this impressive beast, I’d be glad to give him or her credit.



John Holyoke

About John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.