The Mid-Coast of Maine is a favorite place for me. I've been long overdue to return, and last week I finally took five days there. In winter, it is far quieter - so much so that it can be difficult to find restaurants staying open. I was one of eight photographers in a program offered by Hunt's Photo in Boston.
I arrived a day early for a more leisurely pace. After a 5 hour drive, my stop was just over the border at Kittery. Before dinner, I went over to the Nubble Lighthouse. The wind was "brisk", but it did not discourage locals from enjoying the sunny day. I shot about 40 images to freeze the wave in the foreground.
Up early, I hurried north to the iconic Portland Head Light. It you look closely at the light keeper's building closer to the base of the tower, you can see three orange rectangles. Those are where huge January waves crested over the rocks and broke out windows.
The waves were far more modest during my visit.
With all of us in our lodging in Wiscasset and introductions made, we visited South Bristol Harbor. It is a small working harbor with little tourist activity. Central to the village is Osier's, which is a grocery, food takeout, lobster pound and roadside gas pump.
There is a lot to discover. Buoys draped in a dead tree branch.
On the dock behind Osier's I found piles of fishing gear.
I can't tell you what this net is used for, but the form was attractive, so I had to share it.
The next day we had some dreary weather, so we explored some local museums. There were some interesting discoveries. Ropes in a shipbuilder's shop.
Antique car grills at Owls Head.
The next morning was cold but favorable at Pemaquid Point. This is my favorite lighthouse of all. Down here you can grasp the height of the promontory it occupies. The sloping layers of rocks rise from the waves dramatically. (The tide was rising, and shortly after this I had to retreat upward. )
Up at the lighthouse, there are, even on a cold and icy morning, some hearty people coming out for the view.
Every visit I have ever made to Pemaquid has been inspiring. Soon afterwards, we were at Deb's cafe for hot coffee and great food. It was worth departing at 5:15 am to be there for another beautiful dawn.
That afternoon, we made a big shift in subjects to a small narrow gauge railway near Wiscasset, the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington. It's totally volunteer based and very busy even in February. Here are a few images:
Our final morning was at Friendship Harbor. Again, this is a working harbor with little tourist flavor. It was another early start.
There was a very creative Christmas tree still on the one dock in mid-February.
The sunrise cast a golden glow on one of the fish houses.
Nearby was another fish house with buoys that seemed best in monochrome to reflect on time.
Maine in winter is clearly not dreary, nor boring. Just a little patience is called for when weather is in control. Natives seem to thrive in winter.
Well, this ran into more images than is my usual. Hopefully it is sufficiently entertaining.