Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pemaquid Point

First, a parting Boothbay shot...

We spent an afternoon at Pemaquid Point, a lighthouse set about 5 miles from Boothbay Harbor, and a 1 hour drive to get there. The lighthouse and grounds are set about 30 feet above the surf line. With the misty weather we had, as we approached the edge it was like walking toward an abyss. Sitting at the edge, the waves were hypnotic with their rhythm and power.

Bree and Brian moved onto one of the points for some photography.

I sat and watched the surf and marveled at the rock patterns.

We finished out the day with a campfire and S'Mores.

Then, for them it was back to NY and for me it was back to Millinocket.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Boothbay Harbor redux

I am back in Boothbay Harbor.

Bree and Brian came up to visit and for a short vacation before starting school. Of course, the first priority became having a true Maine lobster dinner.

Our first full day was spent whale watching. The trip started with a brief sighting of a Minke whale but most of our time was spent staring out to sea, hoping to spot a spout.

A bit later we saw a big finback whale - and then a calf! We stayed with them for a number of dives, each about 8 or 9 minutes long as they were feeding.

The calf seemed to be curious about us. It came close to the boat and, though it remained underwater, rolled on its side, showing its white belly. To us it was an aqua patch in the otherwise dark blue-grey water.

At one point, the calf was on the surface and rolled on its side away from us, giving us a view of half of its flukes. Our naturalist/guide said that was very rare behavior.

Our plans for the nex few days? In a word - LOBSTER!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Odds and Ends

Just sharing a few sights from the past few weeks.

First, more moose...

Both shots were at Sandy Stream Pond.

Next, I did a short walk along the Appalachian Trail. The views were nice.

You know me and sunsets. Well, white birches add a new dimension. The setting sun paints them orange.