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Weekly Challenge: Carefree – A Maine Event: Lobstah and Lighthouses

One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”

Henry David Thoreau

MAINE KITSCH
MAINE KITSCH

This week Sheri has asked us to focus on the stuff memories are made of, especially the easy carefree days of summer.  Coincidentally my husband and I just finished a lovely visit to Maine. creating some new memories for ourselves.  Here then, a few highlights of our trip.

LOBSTER BOATS AT DUSK
LOBSTER BOATS AT DUSK

“Summer night – even the stars are whispering to each other.”

Kobayashi Issa

Maine is famous for its lobster, and we had plenty of it.  Lobster boats and lobster traps are everywhere, and all of the restaurants have found creative ways to serve it.  We had steamed lobster, lobster stew, lobster tacos, lobster rolls, lobster salad – one more delicious than the next 🙂

HANG 'EM UP!
HANG ‘EM UP!

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon – to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

Henry James

Of course, before they get to our plates, there’s plenty of work that take place on the waters and on the docks.  I had a ball wandering along with my camera shooting to my heart’s content!

LOBSTER TRAPS II
TRAPPED!

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus

There were things I didn’t quite understand, like the photo below for example.  Anybody out there know what this is, or what it’s used for??

WHATCHAMACALLIT
WHATCHAMACALLIT

“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!” 

Kenny Chesney

Of course, if you want lobster, ya gotta have boats.  And we saw plenty of those as well.  For example, hanging boats:

BOATS AND BUOYS
BOATS AND BUOYS

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”

George R.R. Martin

Boats at daybreak (what unearthly hour did they get up if they’re out that far by dawn???)

BOATS AT DAYBREAK
BOATS AT DAYBREAK

Working boats:

DOCKED
DOCKED

And the ever-popular sailboats avoiding Maine’s rocky shores.

RIDING THE WIND
RIDING THE WIND
SAILING ASHIMMERING SEA
SAILING A SHIMMERING SEA

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing flowers in our hair.”

Susan Polis Schulz

Speaking of rocky shores, Maine is famous for its many lighthouses (like the Goat Island lighthouse in today’s header), needed to protect sailors of old from it’s rocky coastline.

WOOD ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
WOOD ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
DISTANT LIGHT
DISTANT LIGHT
NUBBLE LIGHTHOUSE
GRAY DAY AT NUBBLE LIGHTHOUSE

“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.”

C. Day Lewis

And finally, the coastline they were being protected from:

LIFEGUARD OFF DUTY
LIFEGUARD OFF DUTY
MIND THE ROCKS!
MIND THE ROCKS!
ROCKS ON ROCKS
ROCKS ON ROCKS

“To see the summer sky is poetry.”

Emily Dickinson

So when winter’s winds blow, we’ll have fond memories of Maine’s lovely summer breezes to return to.  How about you? Where will you find warmth when winter sets in?

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154 thoughts on “Weekly Challenge: Carefree – A Maine Event: Lobstah and Lighthouses Leave a comment

  1. Tina, what a beautiful job of capturing the spirit of the southern coast of Maine! It’s wonderful here in the summer months with so many spectacular photography opportunities available. You did Maine justice!

    • Hi Tish, my pleasure! So beautiful there in the summer with the crisp, clear air. Now if only they could get rid of those darned tourists!! Oops, I guess that would mean US 🙂

    • Well, I don’t think there could be two places more different, LA vs Maine LOL!!! It’s a beautiful place for sure and a refreshing change from SC’s summer heat (and I’d assume LA’s as well). Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. Bonjour Tina,

    My 4 year old grand daughter Katherine and l have just sat spellbound as we scrolled through your magnificent blog. The vibrant beautifully framed shots of animals were a big favourite and Katie loved your birds, particularly beautiful couple.

    I on the other hand loved everything a real transport of delight – you are a great photographer who writes in a style that is a joy to read. We have barely scratched the surface and will be exploring your work frequently.

    I am honoured to have you follow me especially as you and your other half enjoy a glass of the redstuffdan. I love that Stevenson quote.

    Regards

    Dan

    • What a beautiful compliment Dan. I can picture you and you granddaughter quite easily and am so pleased to be the object of your shared delight! We share a love of golf, wine, our granddaughters and photography. And I was a French major, studied in Dijon and have visited many times. Truly we are kindred spirits!

    • Thanks Jo! We are still in deepest summer here in SC so Maxine’s cool temps were a lovely break. I’ll take too hot over too cold any day tho!! Hate to see summer fade away 😦

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