October in Maine offers colorful leaves and paths to lighthouses teeming with tourists, but some days during early morning hours are simply still. Especially at Stonington.
One of our favorite places to visit in Maine, Stonington is a working harbor where more than 300 boats bring in some of the biggest lobster hauls in the state. On any given day in the summer, you can expect to see lobstermen in full swing heaving heavy traps out of boats onto shore and tourists bustling around town, cameras in hand ready to capture shots of the town that time forgot. It’s the oldness of Stonington that appeals to us — from buildings that have withstood blustery winds and frigid winters for years to the people who work the waters the way their fathers and grandfathers did.
But on this particular morning, a light fog settled on the landscape, covering both the shore and the waters in pale gray.
The town of Stonington, usually busy with tourists shopping, eating at restaurants, and being entertained at the Opera House, was empty . . . as were most touristy towns after Columbus Day, the unofficial start of winter in Maine.
This usually busy harbor with no one in sight (shore birds and seagulls excepted) offered only the sounds of frothy waves and flags flapping in the wind.
We scanned the landscape for color anywhere we could find it — from the red of a life preserver . . .
to the gold of lichens (or some such growth) on the banks.
We counted ourselves lucky to be viewing a wintry scene alone in one of Maine’s most active harbors.
Stonington, Maine: looking good in any weather!
Have you been to Stonington? We’d love to know what you think of this lobstering town Down East.
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