Postcard from Maine (3)

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4-20-14 Katahdin

There’s more to Maine than Acadia. Geography lesson: if you were to take a pair of scissors to a paper map of New England and cut out the state of Maine, you could actually overlay all of New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. So, relatively speaking – though nothing like the immense size of some of the vast western US states – Maine is a relatively big state.

So, while you could certainly spend a lifetime exploring the coastline of Maine, there’s so much more to see, including the impressive and rugged Mount Katahdin and Baxter State Park. in fact:

The coastline of the state of Maine is only about 370 kilometers (230 miles) from one end to another. However, when measured taking into consideration its irregularities such as inlets and offshore islands, its length increases to more than 5,542 kilometers (3,450 miles)! – Google.

This image was made on a chilly October morning from the Abol Bridge area on the Golden Road just outside the Baxter State Park boundary. To reach this location at first light it takes me about two hours of early driving, and on this occasion I can remember arriving in a hurry and frantically scrambling to find a foreground that might hopefully do justice to the magnificent sight of the sun hitting the roof of Katahdin. Luckily, a carpet of remarkably colorful fall foliage was hiding just around a bend in the river – I plopped my tripod down and worked fast to include the reflection of the mountain in the mid-ground, along with the fast-moving clouds breezing over the summit.

Needless to say this was a pretty tranquil and solitary scene… there aren’t many people this far north in Maine, and there certainly weren’t too many of them up and about at this time of day. I find that solitude often makes for a more powerful and engaging experience. Again… though I came away with a photograph that I like, I’m just as happy with the memory of being there in person to explore what was an almost spiritual scene.

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23 thoughts on “Postcard from Maine (3)

  1. Michelle Reasso

    David, this is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photo and your memory. It made me smile. Thank you 🙂

  2. David Patterson

    Thanks all… I’m going to skip making individual comments tonight, but thanks very much for the kind words about this one. It’s amazing what you can see in the mountains of Maine at first light.

  3. I have hiked Katahdin, but never seen this gorgeous scene, though the views from the top have been just as moving. Discovering a place when almost no one is there is such an amazing experience! Early mornings and sunsets are always the best.

  4. The photos are amazing.My step-Grandfather came from Maine. I was promised a trip to the beautiful state. He left my life too soon. I would to visit Maine one day.

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