Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Maine: Day 6

Except for a drive to buy clam rolls for lunch, this was the day we planned to stick around camp and relax.  As was the case each morning, it was cold enough to make a two-log fire in the wood stove.  And on this morning it was raining, too.  But as I recall it rained only in the morning.  As you can see in the images below (which are in chronological order) things brightened up in the afternoon. and we had a beautiful late afternoon blue sky.

Yummmm.  Clam rolls and tartar sauce.

Mussels off the rocks.  Talk about FRESH.

Captain Paul's lobster pot buoys

The Hudsons, from Atlanta.

Captain Paul and his son, Nate, rowing out to the lobster boat.

One of my favorite pictures.  Very simple.  Taken at 6:30 pm the golden light on the lobster boat adds some softness to an already tranquil scene.

Dinner of steamed mussels... and then there were more steamed mussels.  A bet we ate several pounds each.  (That would be weighed with the shells on!)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Maine: Day 5

This was our day to visit Castine, home of the Maine Maritime Academy.  We walked the streets for quite a while with the help of a walking-tour map available in most of the downtown commercial establishments, and also had time to visit with friends living nearby.

Both of us were surprised at the history of the town.  During colonial times, Castine was held by the British, the French and the Dutch, at various times.  Laurie found out later that much of this attention was because Castine provided a deep water port. 

The current post office is the oldest American post office (1814) in continous operation.  The downtown streets are lined with old homes and old elms that somehow survived Dutch elm disease, a fungus disease that is spread by the Elm Bark Beetle.  It is thought that the disease came to America in 1928, with beetles arriving in wood from the Netherlands.

Old house in the historic downtown, along the walking-tour

Oldest continuously operated post office in America

Maine Maritime Academy

The schooner Bowdoin is docked here, and is owned by the Academy. This is the arctic schooner built in 1921 in East Boothbay for Donald MacMillan, for his use in exploring the Artic (over two dozen times!)

Dice Head Lighthouse and grounds, Castine.  Congress appropriated $5,000 in 1828 to build this lighthouse.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Maine: Day 4

In Buck's Harbor on Tuesdays is a farmers market.  We couldn't resist the strawberries. 

We then drove on to Blue Hill (for the second time) for a hike up, well you guessed it ... Blue Hill.  The panorama from the top was created by stitching four images together. 

The final destination of the day was the Wooden Boat School in Brooklyn. In addition to the school, it is here that the main office of Wooden Boat magazine is located, in the large white house shown below.

We returned to the cabin my mid-afternoon.  Next to our cabin is Captain Paul's fishing shed.  Paul is the father of Debbie Ludlow who runs the camp.  He ran the camp for a number of years before Debbie and her husband Dave took over.  Paul is a commercial lobsterman, and is shown below unloading a few lobsters which he makes available for sale dockside.  They don't get any fresher than that!  Final image below shows his lobster boat, and in the background is one of the schooners that "plies" local waters with daily paying passengers.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Maine: Day 3

On day #3 we took a trip into Blue Hill.  We both bought books at the cute Blue Hill Books store, and I managed to find the biggest chocolate chip cookie I have ever seen, at the Blue Hill Coop.  We drove around a bit and returned later for lunch at the Fish Net.  Lobster Roll for me and Crab Roll for Laurie.  The final picture here is from the cabin, toward the end of the day.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Maine: Day 2

On Sunday we drove to Stonington.  There's a huge fleet of lobster boats there and we had decided we'd have lunch at Fisherman's Friend, known for their lobster stew.  But first we went to Buck's Harbor Market for a little visit to this somewhat historic store.  This is the grocery strore in the Caldecott Award winning children's book by Robert McCloskey, Blueberries for Sal.  Being only 10 minutes from our cabin, it was also a good source of fresh blueberry muffins.  These are served to a morning crowd of mostly locals who came in for coffee and a muffin, donut or pastry. 

Buck's Harbor Market 

Stonington and Fisherman's Friend 


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Maine: Gulls

I don't know if any of these are "good". I used my longest lens, but the gulls were still pretty small in the viewfinder. So, all images had to be cropped substantially. Some are a bit sharper than others.Though I tried to get some "action" in the images, I nevertheless like the last one the best. I like the sharp yellow eye, and the old rusty post (sticking up from the dock next to the cabin) adds a bit of the salty environment to the image.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Maine: Day 1

Aiming for a 3pm Saturday arrival at the camp, we left home early and took our time driving the 250 miles to Cape Rosier.  The Rockland Cafe is a fine little diner in the downtown area of Rockland, and marks the halfway point.  We both ordered the seafood stew and the fish cakes.  And I had to get even more into the Maine mood by ordering blueberry cobbler.

The flowers are beautiful along the coast.  I am sure the constant "wash" in mist and fog lends to their health.  The Lupine and Rosa Rugosa Roses were plentiful, and I stopped frequently to take a few pictures. These roses are known for their pedals that look like crinkled paper.

The first thing we did when we arrived at the cabin was to take a few shots before we messed it up.