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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Lighthouse Day in Maine

 There are 37 historic lighthouses in Maine!  It's going to take me a few years to visit them.  This summer day in July I joined a group of photographers to drive the coast from Portland, Maine south to York, Maine.  We started and ended with 2 of the most iconic lighthouses of the coast of New England.  Above is a photograph of Portland Head Lighthouse.  Built in 1791, it is the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine and sits on a head of land at the primary shipping channel to the entrance of Portland Harbor.  The midday sun was bright (2pm) but the clouds were wondrous!  Below is my wide angle photograph from the other side of the lighthouse.  In the span of half an hour the wind had transformed the clouds.

We drove south to Prout's Neck Bird Sanctuary.  Lovely pebbly beach and lots of ducks in the water.  I experimented further with my wide angle and I like the results.

Further on south to stop at Biddeford Pool.  Hiking out onto the East Point Sanctuary affords a nice view of Wood Island Light.  The wind came up and the sky filled with clouds.  No golden light yet as it was only 4:30.

Cape Porpoise, a lovely little town just north of Kennebunkport is a nice stop also where I took this picture of the leaning tower of lobster traps.  No lighthouse but a lovely little bay and a good restaurant.  

The weekend traffic through Kennebunkport conspired to almost make us late for a glorious sunset at Nubble Light.  Nubble Light is the nickname for Cape Neddick Lighthouse near York, Maine.  We caught the light and it was a stunning end to our lighthouse day.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Marsh - March and April

 March 11

March is a month full of changes and weather surprises in New England: warmer days and occasional snow storms.  
  March 12

Only a day apart, these two photographs each give a very different feeling to the marsh.  The ice is starting to melt!  Then a week later it's cold again and still no new growth.

  March 19

  March 26 

Ah, finally!  Water and reflections add a new dimension to photographing this lovely place!  

  April 1

April brings the birds back north.  The Canada geese use this area as a resting place on their long journey north.  The ice melts and early mornings give me nice reflections.

  April 9

  April 18

With the melting of the snow I can suddenly walk off the road and onto the land around the marsh.  This is good because I am getting bored with the same perspective for each photograph.  In the May/June blog I will include photographs of very different viewpoints.  The marsh is coming alive!