Scoping Out the mid-Coast

The past couple of days has seen me traveling up and down the mid-coast, racking up

Approaching the Portland car ferry dock from Peaks Island
Approaching the Portland car ferry dock from Peaks Island

about 400 miles. So far I’ve haven’t seen much except for the usual touristy stuff. What’s that Johnny Cash song? “I’ve been everywhere man,  . . . .” The trip, of course, begins with the ferry crossing (actually, it begins with the walk to the ferry). The photo, above, shows us getting ready to dock in Portland. After that it’s a 15 minute walk to the garage to get my car.

The Pemaquid shot, below, is not that artistic, but couldn’t you see yourself sitting on one of those boats with a summer drink?

Pemaquid Harbor
Pemaquid Harbor

Then there’s Belfast, another pretty nice setting. The town has a funky side to it, as shown by some of the interesting business facades._DSF0957 _DSF0958

Belfast harbor at low tide.
Belfast harbor at low tide.

The photo, above, shows its harbor. Unfortunately, I showed up a low tide.

Further down the road was Camden, home of the windjammer cruises. A bit larger and more upscale than Belfast, it is a pretty nice town.

Main St., Camden, ME
Main St., Camden, ME
Sittin' pretty in Camden
Sittin’ pretty in Camden

Well I haven’t been everywhere (man) around here, yet, but it feels that way.  I’m looking more for where people don’t go (which is really the down east part of the coast. Unfortunately, that’s way out of range unless I stay a few nights in a motel. I’m told they get cheaper as you go east. What I have seen so far is Reid State Park for wildlife. Next week I head up to Owls Head which overlooks Rockland and Penobscot Bay. It looks promising for several waterscapes at dusk.

What I see emerging is locating about six good locations within a day’s roundtrip that I can photograph under a range of lighting and weather conditions. These settings will be contextualized with town and people scenes. But don’t hold me to this, my thinking could change tomorrow!

-From Portland and the mid-coast

Author: Stephen Fielding Images

I'm a retired medical sociologist from the University of Rochester. My publishing experience includes a wide variety of academic articles and a book, "The Practice of Uncertainty" (1999). The mission of my blog is to provide accounts of the natural environment, including photos, in order to raise awareness of its fragility and the impact of climate change. Climate change is the greatest challenge currently faced by humanity. I occasionally write about the impact of climate change using the principles of social scientific writing. To do this I read reputable books and articles on the topic. So when I make statements about climate change you will see a link taking you to the scientific source(s) of the information I provide. As for my independently published photobooks, each has gone through several layers of editing and peer review for both readability and accuracy. This is not to say that everything I say is accurate. Even the New York Times makes mistakes. So, if you find something that is factually incorrect, let me know. I hope you find reading my blog a positive experience. If you do, please encourage your family and friends to have a look. Best wishes, -Steve

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