Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Maine reflections, part one ....

Hi friends!

I wanted to poke my head in and say hello.  Our time is coming to an end up here in Maine.  We've explored a lot of towns and coves and docks, ate a lot of lobsta and took in some beautiful views.  I thought I'd share some of them with you today before The Professor yanks me off my computer.

Here goes .....

Portland ... we spent our first night here.  A lively, sophisticated harbor town with lots of good restaurants and shops.  We walked a few streets, had a great dinner at Street & Co. and left the next day northward for Belfast.

Falmouth & Yarmouth area, north of Portland .... we explored these little towns and coves on our way to Belfast.  There were many pretty places along this drive.  I would have liked to have joined this person as he enjoyed the afternoon.



Belfast ... we spent two nights here.  A funky little town with a mix of boutiques, old movie house and a cool co-op grocery store.

A very laid back town with its main street tumbling down to the wharf.  We were told that it is still a town being discovered as more and more folks open businesses and build beautiful water front homes along its coast.  The house with the porch on my previous post was one of those homes.

We found the town quite charming and relaxing.

And of course, I had to get my bird fix and include a picture.  Thank you for indulging me!


While in Belfast, we dined both nights, picnic table style, at Young's Lobster Pound, which sits across the bay.
  
For us, it was the best restaurant view in town!





Both evenings we had incredible sunsets like the one above.  This was a lobster boat bringing in his haul for the day.  We enjoyed watching him unload.  We love this type of free entertainment!


Bayside ... As we left Belfast we swung by Bayside on our way to Camden.  It was a beautiful harbor with a community of summer vacation homes and small cottages.


It seemed a perfect place for families to spend a vacation.  We enjoyed watching these boys as they attempted to catch something in the water.  See, doesn't take much to entertain us!


The bay water here was so calm that it provided some great water reflections.  The above photo and the one below are SOOC.





After exploring this little community of Bayside, we continued our trek down to Camden.

More of that in my next post!

Miss you guys and look forward to catching up with all of you soon!

~sharing with~
Weekend Reflections

60 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a delightful place! And your photos are superb! Several of them look like paintings and would look beautiful on any wall! Such a fun trip and thanks for sharing it with us! I do love New England and would love to spend time there again someday! Hope you have a great week, Reena! Enjoy!


Sylvia

Cheryl said...

I grew up on the coast of Maine and miss is dearly! LOVE your pictures...you captured the harbors...beautifully. Later this week we leave Puerto Rico for a New England cruise. I cannot wait to!

ladyfi said...

Amazing and beautiful!

Daryl said...

You are getting SO good at the HDR .. when we see one another I expect you to tutor me!

LOVE LOVE LOVE these pix!!!!!

TexWisGirl said...

incredibly beautiful, reena! LOVE your HDR! fabulous!!!

Jill said...

Your pictures are amazing!

I've always thought I'd like to visit Maine. Thanks for the tour. It looks just as wonderful as I'd always pictured it.

Glad you're having fun!

Ginny said...

My eyes are on overload from all the dazzling beauty!!! You are an artist with pictures. We just watched a movie on DVD called Amelie. It is a French film that has won tons of awards,and the cinematography is just like your pictures, saturated with color, and beautiful. You would like it. You have a keen eye for artistic images, too. I love that little bit of gold on the water in the lobster boat picture, and the great reflections, the children playing, the boat leaning up against the pier. You have given us such a good flavor of Maine!

S. Etole said...

Oh, yes ... several do look like a painting! Love that bird about to take flight.

grammie g said...

I love seeing the sites of my part of the country through the eyes of a visitor ...it gets to be all so familiar when you live here!!

Your photos are fantastic..
I love the Bayside one ...play with it more and it would look like a painting!!
My Grandaughter lives Portland in a
building very much liked you showed.
My daughter just outside of Portland..niece and family in Belfast..and I am just 45 minutes from Wiscasset , and them..so this is so wonderful to see..I really love it here!!
Your photo's could be used by the tourist bureau lol!!
Grace

Dyche Designs said...

What fantastic photos, looks like you're having an amazing time. We're off on vacation this weekend (off to North Carolina), I can't wait.

Tricia said...

You got some awesome shots... & killer effects! =)))

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Thank you so much for the tour! I love the photo of the boys trying to catch fish or crabs or sea monsters...

Corker2 said...

You have posted some real nice Images of Maine. It's a place that I've never gotten to visit, but would like to. Your images make me want to travel up there even more.

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

Reena, i'm back the holiday. It's a pleasure to visit you and see these beautiful photos. Have fun!
oa.s

Misty said...

Loving all the HDR photos! Beautifully done.

Michaele said...

Thanks for taking us along. I love the things you chose to photograph and how you presented them! Now I am hungry for seafood.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

I'm very partial to the Maine coast. Thanks for the "fix."

Cheryl said...

Your photos tell it all. Maine, the way life should be (unless you go 10 miles inland). The rich in contrast to the poor.

Country Girl said...

Oh, so beautiful. I love that drive up the coast. Wow.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Beautiful images and nice effect. Thank you for sharing.

Oliag said...

Just catching up after losing power for 5 days and then the cleanup and holiday weekend...and I find photos of one of our favorite places to stop on our way Downeast ...Youngs! If you look through any of my Maine vacation pics you will always find pics of Youngs:) Now that reminds me that I still haven't posted any of our vacation pics from this year! I am fading fast from the blogging world I am afraid!

I am another Maine lover:)

Debbie said...

one day maybe you could share your "secrets" about photography and this "hdr" that i know zippo about!! that would be awesome!!

these are amazing photo's, every. single. one!!

Snappy Di said...

Sweet and gorgeous photos. Glad you enjoyed your stay in Maine, a state I have yet to visit one day.

Kathy said...

I think I envy you your life full of travels!

Yours truly,
Stuck on a Farm in East Texas

Lois Evensen said...

Wonderful, wonderful images!

Ann said...

you sure know how to make a person want to visit Maine. Loving these shots and the whole HDR thing.

Mental P Mama said...

Such beautiful shots. Love Piglet....

Jennifer Richardson said...

these photos look like
paintings....such dreamy color!
I love the watery wildness
...thanks for stuffing me in
your suitcase:)
-Jennifer

Rural Revival said...

What a beautiful location, makes me wish I was there!

Great photos!

~Andrea

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I always wanted to see Maine, now after seeing your pictures I want to even more so. Why is it so far away from California?

Sandra said...

the color is magnificent in all of these, so very beautiful. i can't even pick a favorite, i love them all, especially the boats and that first shot of the old buildings.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

One of these days I need to visit Maine. I was born in Kittery and have always wanted to visit. Lovely photos!!

CherryPie said...

It looks like you have been having a wonderful time :-)

Louise said...

Ahhh, Maine. One of those places that I have just got to see some day. And, your lovely pictures have only intensified my desire. I'm so glad that you have enjoyed yourself.

lisa said...

These are just wonderful Reena! Maine is such a beautiful state, and your photographs reflect that beauty. Do I see some HDR here? Whatever you did, it's wonderful!

Christina said...

these are glorious photos! i so want to visit there.
have fun!
xo

Brian Miller said...

oh wow that first pic of the town is awesome...and love the belfast pics by the water....love it!

urban muser said...

great shots! i love maine. my MIL lives in portland and we go every summer.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great shots Reena! Looks like you had a great time! Loving the HDR, so much fun!

Deanna said...

What beautiful images, they look like paintings. Looks like it is a wonderful trip. Keep enjoying yourself and thanks for taking us along on your trip.

Evelyn S. said...

This is a delightful mini travel narrative...with the most beautiful photos! I'm fascinated with that special color!

My Journey With Candida said...

I love Maine!! We were going to go again this year, but things happened and we never made it.

Thank you so much for the great pictures and wonderful tour.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

What amazing colours you have produced. I love the view with the houses on the green hill behind the bay - delightful.

TSannie said...

These are just beautiful - every one of them. Maine should use them in their tourism brochures. They are THAT good, Reena!

Barbara said...

We're easily entertained, too. Looks like a wonderful visit. Photos are beautiful but especially the ones from Bayside. Ahhhhh....

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What stunning pictures Reena!! Your photos belong in a book because they show the best and most beautiful of Maine!!

bobbybegood1 said...

I'm just blown away. Now I know why I come to visit your blog. Fabulous! Cheers!!

Saun said...

Awesome great shots! Haven't had much time to get on and browse. Back at work and its ruining my fun.

Lili said...

Oh these shots are all just simply gorgeous! Plus you've just shown me a completely new side of Belfast that I haven't yet explored. ~Lili

'Tsuki said...

That is a nice set of reflection you posted here... I like the post treatment you did on your pictures : they look quite unreal, like if they were taken in a world of faery : colors are kicking on them ! I like the reflection you took in Belfast : the water looks almost solid on it.

James said...

Looks like a wonderful place! Very nice shots! I especially like the one with just the balls and buoys on the water.

Céline said...

Since I have read John Irving's books, I wisk I was able to visit Maine one day. Your pictures reinforce that wish... Everything looks so nice, peaceful. Thanks!

Carola said...

Great shots, what a pleasure to visit this post!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm enjoying your photos from a place I've never been! What a fabulous vacation...and great photos! ♥

Irene said...

Great shots of a loveley place ... Enjoy your weekend!

forgetmenot said...

What a lovely vacation you must be having. Such great shots of beautiful and interesting places. I love all the shots of the water--such pretty reflections and such a peaceful scene in many of them. I'm looking forward to more photos and news of your trip. Take care. Mickie ;)

Nita Davis said...

Breathtakingly beautiful! It looks so peaceful and relaxing. Popped over from James' weekend reflection, and really loving your reflections.

Liza said...

You are such an amazing photographer, with such an eye for images that speak. Beautiful.

Dreatori Alexis said...

Fishing is one of the best thing to do this summer aside from going to beaches. Thanks for sharing these photographs.
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Carola said...

All your images are wonderful, full of atmosphere, very touching.