Autumn leaves form a lacy shadow on a home in Castine.

Shadowplay: Castine, Maine

Drive in to the small historic town of Castine on the Penobscot Bay, and you’ll notice that this isn’t the typical Maine small town.  Architecture varies from classic clapboard saltbox to stately homes with mansard roofs.  All understandable, you see, since Castine, a town founded in 1613 by a French trader, served as the capital […]

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Colorful, hand-dyed yarn for sale at Swans Island Blankets

Warm up with an heirloom: Swans Island Blankets

  It would have been easy to drive past Swans Island Blankets on Maine’s Route 1.  The brown-shingled house next to a weathered barn doesn’t exactly scream, “Come in and see for yourself.”  But it should.  After all, a simple showroom featuring understated, lovely hand-woven goods is a joy to behold — at least it […]

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One lone boat in a reflective moment: Castine, Maine

WPC: Serene mornings in Maine

It’s hard to imagine a harbor being quiet, but frequently before dawn, it’s almost silent.  No seagulls honking.  No boat horns sounding.  No one yelling to pull up another trap. And it’s even more serene if fog has blanketed the area. So necessary, these serene moments of reflection. For more serene photos, check out the […]

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Pile 'em high: buoys and traps ready to head for home

Searching for lobstermen: a Mainely pastime

I guess it was my sister Cindy Mouch visiting from LaRue, Texas, who asked, “So, where are the Maine lobstermen? I see lobster rolls, lobster chowder, lobster pounds, and whole lobsters on paper plates — but no lobstermen! They’ve gotta be somewhere.” And she was right, of course. They’re not just…

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Pencil post bed and Windsor chair on display at Windsor Chairmakers

Mainely craft: Inside Windsor Chairmakers

Touring Maine doesn’t only mean frequenting tourist shops filled with lobster magnets, moose-shaped chocolates, and blueberry muffin mixes.  It also means, at least for us, looking for quality products designed and created by local craftsmen.  So you can imagine that Windsor Chairmakers in Lincolnville, Maine, was quite the find. With a passion for fine craftmanship […]

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The view from Acadia Dock in Castine, Maine on an unexpectedly foggy morning.

Mainely fog: Mystery morning at Castine harbor

Before I started taking pictures so fervently during our travels, I thought that a foggy day would be an unfortunate happenstance.  But a true photography expert who vacations with us at Pawleys Island each summer told me he welcomes foggy mornings, describing the gift of fog as “a godsend.” “Fog,” he said, “is something we […]

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A reflection at the waterfront in Castine, Maine offers a glimpse of morning light on still water.

WPC: Harbor peek in Castine, Maine

Sometimes a telephoto lens gives you just a peek of the bigger picture.  And that’s what I saw from Acadia Dock at Castine  — a reflection in still waters right before sunrise.  Just a glimpse of the whole, of course.  The big picture opened up a whole new vista: a dock washed in early-morning pinks that […]

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