Fort Popham & the Beach

Caution: Viewing these photos on less than a large, hi-res monitor can cause serious injury to your viewing experience.

Having photographed at Popham Beach State Park last spring, I decided to revisit the area again. I think it’s one of Maine’s most spectacular beaches at low-tide with its wide array of constantly shifting sandbars. You can walk along one of them to the nearest island, while keeping a close watch on the incoming tide. The island is cut off from the beach long before high-tide.

I plan another return, this time towards the end of the day during low-tide, ideally with some clouds for more dramatic photos. Given that the sun was so low, even though I was using a polarizing filter and a lens shade, I had to delete several photos, due to glare. Still, I managed to capture many artistic shots. You will find these in the first six photos at my online gallery.

But before going to the beach area, I drove further up the road to see Popham Fort. Although seemingly not related to climate change, you can see where the high-water mark is in one of the photos. It won’t be long before high-tide claims the fort’s ground-level. This fort was built to prevent an attack on Maine’s capital, Augusta, by potential British incursions in support of the Confederacy during the Civil War. It was begun in 1862 at the mouth of the Kennebec River but never completed.

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