A Frosty View of Cape Porpoise Harbor

Now that the annual mud season’s muck and mire has replaced most of the snow-pack, it is easy to forget that less than a month ago winter was showing no signs of relinquishing its bitter hold along the Maine coast. It was during the latter part of February when my family and I made a […]

Spring is in the Air – and Some Normalcy Too

Could it be that winter has finally relinquished its bitter hold? The thought presents a number of conflicting emotions in me, but change always blows straight into the face of time, and so it is, with the passing of seasons, as spring approaches. As if on cue, the ever-restless winds of March have assailed the […]

Running for the Sea

Winter’s lack of cordiality hasn’t exactly endeared itself to Mainers in 2011. The season known for its frosty countenance has battered the coastal regions of Maine with heavy doses of cold and a barrage of snowstorms that buried the landscape under a deep snow-pack for nearly three months. Jack Frost’s icy touch also capped the […]

Galloping Radiance across a Morning Sky

Over time, I have watched with great interest how color and light interact with each other during the day’s grand moments of sunrise and sunset. Though the sun obviously assumes center stage on the horizon for both dramatic events, its opening and closing acts tend to play out quite differently. To me, the most profound […]

Another Day, Another Winter Storm

The calendar keeps marching toward spring and hints of a thaw have been felt in the air, but the gap of days in between still seems poised to deliver more of a mixed bag of winter weather until the time of budding warmth takes permanent hold. A storm bringing heavy rain and buffeting winds to […]

Hiding Under a Heavy Blanket of Snow

During the first part of February, I happened to visit Pemaquid Point Lighthouse at the beginning of yet another snowstorm. My goal was to linger for a little while in hopes of experiencing a slice of wintertime solitude before logic, and an ever-thickening white blanket, dictated otherwise. This snowstorm was not nearly as fierce as […]

Symbol of Valentine’s Day with a Nautical Flare

  Ann-Marie and I would like to wish everyone a very happy Valentine’s Day as we all celebrate this day and show love and appreciation for those special “lights” in our lives. When we think of Valentine’s Day and the meaning it contains for one’s sweetheart, the rocky coast of Maine with its rugged traditions […]

Coastal Maine Winter Potpourri

The winter months of December 2010 and January 2011 have come and gone with their fair share of cold, snow and frosty scenes along coastal Maine. Many wintertime images have already been depicted in some of the “Moments in Maine” features that have appeared in weeks past, but a number of others, though not featured, […]

A Tale of Two Ice Fields on the Kennebec River

Winter 2011 has held the Maine coast in a frigid, tight grip, and in the process, buried any hopes for an early thaw under a heavy blanket of snow that grows deeper by the week. Along rivers, lakes and ponds, the frosty evidence of winter is found in the form of a thick cap of […]

Something Familiar can Appear so Different

More than any other season of the year, winter can exact abrupt contrasts upon our senses and emotions. What this frigid interlude provides in crystallized beauty to the eye, it inevitably takes away in comfort to the touch. It is fascinating to consider how such contrasts, though conflicted, are inseparable at the same time. Together […]