The Coast of Maine is a photographer’s dream location. Miles and miles of rocky shoreline and countless islands make up Coastal Maine. It’s funny that I’ve visited Maine many times in the past and have not created a gallery of images until now. At one time in my life I spent a week’s “vacation” on Mount Desert Island every summer, exploring Acadia National Park. I have yet to dig out photos from those long ago vacations, but this gallery has been created from my visit in 2013 and then just this past June, 2017.
Driving north from Virginia along I95 off-season, I make it a point to leave the highway when I enter Maine to enjoy all the coastal villages along Highway 1. Kittery, York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport, and Old Orchard Beach are all villages on the way to Portland and each are vacation attractions for throngs of people in the summer. In 2013 I spent a bit of time just south of Portland to be able to catch Portland Head Light at both sunrise and sunset on multiple days. Photographing the lighthouse in different light was guaranteed with a multiple day stay.
North of Portland are a series of islands shaped like long fingers into Casco Bay. I skipped about these islands last summer and present a few photos that I believe capture these islands and the culture of fisheries. I must say that the best lobster roll I have ever eaten came from a roadside trailer called Karen’s Hideaway in Boothbay! This part of Maine is very scenic, with lobster pounds and boats of all sizes.
Continuing north to Mount Desert Island with Acadia National Park and more fantastic photo opportunities abound. Although I’ve been down the steps and onto the coastal rocks below Bass Harbor Light in the past, this time with some help I made it out to the furthermost rock to get the better view of the lighthouse with the sunset behind it. The next few days were overcast gray with a light rain, and nothing was pretty in that light.
On to Lubec, the Eastern-most point of the United States, and photographic opportunities along the waterfront. While the sun set (and rose) outside the frame, the color in the sky added to the photos of West Quoddy Head Lighthouse.