Thursday, September 8, 2011

Maine reflections, part two ...

Well, we finally made it home from New England  ... only to find tropical storm Lee still lingering around Philly.  Perhaps we came home too early!

But no matter.  It's always nice to come home even if Kitty Kitty gives me the cold shoulder.  He'll come around in a day or two.  Kitties are like that ...

The thing I like best about returning home after a trip is browsing through all the photos taken.  It's almost like living the trip all over again.  Even months and years later, I will stroll through old travel pics and simply enjoy the memory.

Such a simple pleasure. 

Want to stroll with me?

After we left Belfast, we made our way down to Camden.  I love love love Camden.


It sits below Mt. Battie, one of the two mountains rising majestically above Camden.  In 1912, Edna St. Vincent Millay read “Renascence,” a poem she wrote from the top of Mt. Battie.

All I could see from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood;
I turned and looked another way,
And saw three islands in a bay.
So with my eyes I traced the line
Of the horizon, thin and fine,
Straight around till I was come
Back to where I'd started from;
And all I saw from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood.

It really is like that when you stand on top of Mt. Battie.  Such a sight to behold!

This shot was captured from our hotel room.  We stayed at an inn right on Main street overlooking the harbor.  This ended up being a good choice!


Unbeknownst to us, every Labor Day is Camden's Windjammer Festival.  Even with the crowd that came in for the event, we had a delightful time joining all the folks along the wharf to marvel at the beautiful schooners.  And with our room overlooking the harbor, we had perfect seats to watch the fireworks that night.

Our second day in Camden, we had to drive by and see the Belted Galloway cows.  I call them the 'oreo' cows.  They are quite a draw for visitors.


I'm not sure who the daddy is to this calf!  First brown 'oreo' I've ever seen!


We took a drive down the coast a bit to Owls Head.  There's a nice lighthouse there where a few people at a time can actually go up inside it.

Further down the road a bit we came upon another lighthouse at Birch Point Beach Park.  One CANNOT go to Maine without taking a lighthouse picture!


Okay, so I'm missing my critter pictures, so I had to capture this cow's expression as we came upon her through one of the small little towns.  She reminded me so much of Borden's Dairy, Elsie the Cow.  Now you know I'm REALLY old if I remember Elsie!

Port Clyde is a great place to have lunch and that is exactly what we did.  Can you guess what we had?  Yep, lobstah!  We were eating lobster for lunch and for dinner almost every day!


It was a great day trip for exploring.  When we got back into Camden, lots of folks were heading back to their boats for the evening.  This little pup was serving as a fine Captain for his crew!


Camden is such a delightful place from which to explore the coast.  But, we had another town to go to and tomorrow I'll wrap up our trip with a little tour of Boothbay Harbor.

Until then, friends,

(By the way, in many of the photos I have been sharing from Maine, I processed them using HDR.  I think it gives them a nice old-time warm feeling of such a beautiful part of the country.)

59 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i do love the hdr technique. SO vibrant! and i remember (and loved) elsie! :)

Brigindo said...

Beautiful! I especially love the fireworks and oreo cows. I was just up in your neck of the woods for a wedding.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I'm just swooning over the artful
way you see and shoot these photos!
Just so beautiful
and the mama and little cow
brought tears to my eyes:)
big thanks for such a
wonderful share,
Jen

ELK said...

this is such a treat ..amazing photos and happy times I can tell!!

beth said...

i told you....i think...that my sister lives right there....in stockton springs...and can you believe that i have only been there once in the 20 years that she has lived there....i know, my bad.

but with your photos, next year i am going back there no matter what !!!

xo

Catherine said...

So many pretty places and things you saw. I like the technique you used for your photos. Very nice! xo Catherine

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Such gorgeous photos Reena! I still have not given the hdr a try. I do love the effect.

Ginny said...

Oh wow!!! Our son and his family just got back from Maine, and I think it was Camden that they liked so much. My favorites are the first one, the fireworks, all the boats, and the pier. I have never seen fireworks pictures like this, so gorgeous!!!! Your saturation is just gorgeous!!

JDS said...

Excellent post. I agree with you about travel pictures - I frequently go through ours, and no longer how long ago the trip took place the pictures always make it feel like it was just yesterday.

Sheila said...

Your photos are "Brilliant" to say the least! I love the effect and will have to investigate "HDR" I have no idea what that might be now - hopefully i'll be able to learn. Thanks for the hint!

Sylvia K said...

What a fantastic post, Reena! And your photos are superb and I do love the HDR effect and now you've got me curious to see what I can do and I'll be investigating it, too! And what a delightful place! So colorful! Definitely looks like my kind of place. Maine is one of the states I haven't made it to in my long lifetime! So glad you had such a great trip. Hope the hurricane mess doesn't mess with you! Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing the fun!

Sylvia

SquirrelQueen said...

It looks like you had a wonderful trip. I love your photos especially the cows, they are kind of cute. I also adore that lighthouse.

Kathy said...

I've never been to Maine. Your pictures make me want to book tickets now!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful photos and lovely places to visit.

Jill said...

Welcome home! I love the HDR. Your photos always make me say "Wow!"

Matteo Taffuri said...

Awesome shots!
have a nice day
ciao
Matteo

Dyche Designs said...

Glad you finally made it home. Beautiful vacation shots, they all look amazing.

Marcie said...

I just love this part of mid-coastal Maine. And your photos bring back the scenes..the sights and smells - so vividly. Looks/sounds like a wonderful time!!!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for sharing your processing tip. I really loved the feel to the photos. Coastal Maine is so beautiful and the HDR effects really enhances that tremendously.

Sandra said...

thanks for my trip while on my sofa. i LOVE all the cows, since I LOVE cows, and the first and last shot and the Port Clyde dock are spectacular, what a trip

Louise said...

Though I haven't the faintest idea what HDR is, I was wondering what you did to get that special tone to your pictures. They are all truly lovely, but I think that I especially liked the little dog in the boat. I just hope he doesn't fall overboard.

Judy said...

Wonderful shots and I really really like what you did to them! Nice! I'm glad you made it back safely.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh, I so enjoyed reliving your journey through your wonderful photos! The sailboats in the harbor is my personal fave. And how cool are those oreo cows?

'Tsuki said...

I just love your firework reflection : nice job !

grammie g said...

Hi Renna ...What a great tribute your photos( done in the DHR) are of you trip to this wonderful state I call home.
It does give that warm feeling to these familiar places of which Port Clyde holds some very important memiores for me..Iloved the shot from there!!

Camden is a lovely place, how great you had the unexpected timing of the Windjammer days..what fun!!

Grace

Madi and Mom said...

Reena you have such an eye for the perfect picture and commentary..I felt like I was strolling with you.

Ahhh cold shoulder kitties...been there too..I bet opening a can of stinky goodness will turn Mr. K into your best friend.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Snapper II said...

These are wonderful Photos. I know this was an enjoyable visit.

Steve said...

Beautiful work!!

Evelyn S. said...

Beautiful "trip" that you've shared with us....and I LOVE the HDR effect!

Jim said...

I thought I was looking at 1930-40's post cards! Absolutely lovely Reena.
We stopped in Belfast last month as well.....looking for 'Laura's place'/shop from General Hospital fame....found it but it was closed for renos. some beautiful spots there, eh?
Maine, can't beat it!

Ali said...

loved the tour.... makes me want to head up there. Kinda sorta reminds me of some little places back home in the UK...just kinda sorta...sigh.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wow! They are all just awesome! Are you going to make a photo book for your vacation pics? These would be wonderful compiled in a book! ♥ and no...I've never seen a brown oreo cow either! lol ♥

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Loving the Maine photos!! If I see many more though, I'll be planning a trip there for next summer!!

I was in Boothbay Harbor about 10 years ago..... I don't think there is an ugly area in the whole state!

Grace

S. Etole said...

I've never been to that part of the country ... until now. What engaging views.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love the processing, Reena. Look like old postcards. And the "elsie" cow has eyebrows like Groucho Marx. :)

My Journey With Candida said...

You can take me for a stroll with you anytime.

Barbara Shallue said...

Loved taking the stroll with you! Maine is for sure on my list - and what a great view of the fireworks and harbor! I'll get the name of that inn when I go!! Beautiful processing of the images.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

I call those cows the cows that look like pigs.

lisa said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time Reena! Maine such a perfect place to be for a relaxing vacation. Your photographs are wonderful. I especially love the lighthouse. Love, love, love lighthouses!
Glad you got back safely.
Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend!

Debbie said...

gorgeous reena but there's no place like home!!

Kamana said...

your photos are like paintings

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Your work is so beautiful Reena. Great composition and great HDR work.

bon bon said...

lovely little seaside town! and elsie has quiet the expression, although she uses her eyebrow pencil a bit too heavily for country living. save it for the clubs, girl!

Misty said...

I'm loving these HDR edits!

Lisa RedWillow said...

So very beautiful. Your work is amazing.

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful!!!

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Reena...looks like a beautiful place to visit

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Great job with your images. :-)

Ms. Becky said...

thanks for the lovely tour. all of the photos are splendid, but I especially like Elsie the cow. and I'm really dating myself here, but I have a vintage Elsie the Cow drinking glass! thanks too for the Edna poem, I really enjoyed it. and the pooch commandeering that boat is adorable, I want him!!! happy day to you Reena. I'm glad you're home safe and sound.

Debi@7Gates said...

Lovely pictures Reena.

Oliag said...

I love Camden! How much fun it must have been to stay in an inn there:) Gorgeous photos!

Country Girl said...

Oh, you do things so differently from us. I would love to stay at different places and just mosey along like this, getting a hotel room right on the water. And seeing fireworks!

Would love to take a vacation like this just once. Oh, hell - a lot more than just once!

ladyfi said...

The HDR effect is really lovely! Such delightful shots.

Joe said...

Great shot of the fireworks.

Woody said...

I looked at the first picture and thought "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in New Jersey any more" because I've never seen any part of Camden, NJ that looked like this!

I can see why you like it so, it looks pretty cool.

forgetmenot said...

And a lovely stroll it was. Yes, you will enjoy looking through these lovely photos for many years. Hope your daughter had a happy birthday. We will always take time to "remember" on Sept.11 but life does go on and that day should always be a grand celebration for her. Have a nice week. Mickie :)

Ann said...

Wonderful going along with you on your trip. Gorgeous shots and it sounds like a wonderful town to visit. I guess I must be old too because I remember Borden's Elsie :)

Barb said...

Beautiful shots! the building are so colourful - just gorgeous!

bobbybegood1 said...

Of course I loved the cows. I was born under the sign of Taurus the Bull. They are just beautiful. Cheers reena!!