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NBS Does Maine

November 27, 2006 11:27 PM

As promised, here is the NBS attempt at photoblogging Maine. 

First up, we have "The View From My Window," to quote Andrew Sullivan.  This is a shot from the window of our digs, which were literally on top of Camden Harbor.  This is looking toward the head of the harbor:

I love how they got the level right when it comes to the windows, but not on anything else.  Plus: red building and a green boat.  Can you tell NBS is feeling Christmasy? 

This is from the same location, but looking out from the Harbor, onto Penobscot Bay:

This photos were taken on Sunday morning, the only day it was cloudy.  We never did see the seal that will sometimes swim into the harbor.

Until this time last year, I had never been to Maine, and I never appreciated just how many bays, harbors and inlets there are.  Just about every one of them has a light (the locals call them lights, not lighthouses, as we do here in the Midwest). 
This is Owl's Head Light, which is near Camden:
The accompanying house is actually a little bit further down, and is not located right on the windy cliff.  Here's a picture of one of the outbuildings:
 
And here is the what the family who lives there sees every night when the sun sets:
Not bad, hun?  It would be chilly and lonely though.  Keep telling yourself that.
On Saturday, we took the ferry over to Isleboro, a beautiful island with about 800 year round inhabitants--probably much, much more during the summer.  From the looks of the place in November, one would guess that number of year-rounders is closer to 150.  Isleboro is about a 20 minute ferry ride from Lincolnville Beach.  We were warned to make it back to the dock on time, and make sure we got there well in advance of the last ferry--or risk being stuck overnight on the Island.  If there are more cars in front of you in line for the ferry than they have room for, then you're just out of luck.  Fortunately, this happens in the summer much more often than late fall, and we made it back just fine. 
This is a picture from the public park on the southern end of the island:
The locals consider that to be a "beach."  I'm not sure if anyone actually goes swimming there or not, even in the height of summer.  It looks pretty darn cold.  That's a small island in the foreground, and you can see the mainland behind that.
This is a photo of the light on Isleboro, all decorated for Christmas:
They don't get too tacky with the Christmas decorations up on Maine.  A wreath is plenty, thank you.  That attitude is refreshing.  As was the community Christmas tree in Rockland, which is decorated with lobster traps.  My picture of the Christmas tree didn't turn out too well, as it was taken from a moving car.  Someday I'll learn not to bother.
But back to Isleboro.  Close to the light on Isleboro is a small stone structure called the "sunset pulpit."  From it, a preacher could stand so the setting sun is over his shoulders, and the sun is slowly falling behind him, until it sets behind the mountains on the mainland.  The pulpit is inscribed, "I will lift up mine eyes, unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."  For what was going through my mind, click here, and then select No. 6, which is Kings College choir's take Psalm 121. 

It was stunningly beautiful.  If you haven't been to Maine, go.

Comments

Maine is beautiful isn't it? And Camden is about the best of the best. My fam has a place a little north of Camden by Blue Hill, and while I haven't visited at this time of year (18 Vermont winters were enough for me), it is stunning.

It is also a black hole for cell coverage, which is a nice added benefit of vacationing there.

Welcome to the SOB Alliance, by the way.

Matt Dole   ·  November 30, 2006 03:44 PM

That first photo of the red building and green boat is a painting waiting to be painted. You wouldn't happen to be willing to make that photo available for reference to a struggling painter at about 2-5 megapixels would you?

Regards,

Anton

PS, great work!

Anton Lobenstein   ·  December 1, 2006 05:57 AM

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