Aglow in morning light, a lone tethered boat stands ready.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunrise at Acadia Dock

Coastal Maine offers glorious sunrises if you’re willing to wake up early, bundle yourself in layers, and stand on a dock for the morning show. And you’re never alone.  From birds gliding overhead to lobstermen checking traps before dawn, docks like Acadia in Castine put on a spectacle like no other. Dawn comes in layers.  […]

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Five places to see: Monhegan Island, Maine

It’s no wonder artists and writers hole up in Monhegan.  The entire island could fittingly be called “land that time forgot.”  Weathered gray shingled houses, grass growing through piles of lobster traps, dirt paths proud to be left alone — it all adds up to the lure of a scene you can’t make up nor […]

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With a rocky shore for a side yard, this house faces the elements on the island of Monhegan.

Out of this world: Monhegan Island, Maine

Much of Maine could be said to be out of this world — the raw beauty of its rocky coastline, old-style clapboard homes dotting the landscape, and the quiet that falls over the state after Columbus Day when residents hunker down for long, cold winters.  But nowhere was an other-worldly experience more pronounced for us […]

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Being cool at Dolly Parton's birthday party

WPC: Faces in the Dolly Parton birthday crowd

Most of America (well, the world, for that matter) knows Dolly Parton for her hit songs (“Jolene,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You”) and movies (Coat of Many Colors, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias).  And maybe you’ve even belted out a few Parton tunes just as we have, imitating this lively […]

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No boaters in sight: Stonington, Maine

Still morning in Stonington, Maine

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 […]

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A quiet garden path dappled in morning light invites guests to climb and explore.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence in a Garden

Although much of the U. S. (especially in the South) is blanketed with snow this week, many of us are dreaming of gardens lush and lovely.  Last spring, in Knoxville, one homeowner opened his garden during the Dogwood Arts Festival garden tour.  It was a chance for those of us who love flora and fauna to […]

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Bass Harbor Head Light with its Fixed Red light and 4th Order Fresnel Lens

With renewed appreciation of shots of Bass Harbor Light

You can’t fault us.  After all, we had discovered a lovely photo of Bass Harbor Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island, Maine, on a site geared for our granddaughter:  kids.nationalgeographic.com.  It was a lovely scene — classic Maine lighthouse perched atop rocky land facing the ruggedness you come to see when you visit Down East.  But […]

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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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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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