Thursday, July 12, 2012

Quintessential Maine

I'm an Iowa girl
born and raised there
for the first half of my life
but I always had the wanderlust of other places
believing I had been misplaced and the cosmos got it wrong

As I turn 60 next month, 
now I know.

I had always belonged in Maine.



With its lighthouses




and its 4,316 islands along the coast



With waters so clean, one can swim for morning exercise
(my neighbor taking a morning swim)

and lobstah lobstah lobstah for breakfast, lunch and dinner
(well, okay, that might be a bit exaggerated but not by much)



Kayaking fun



New England style homes to capture ideas for my own


evening fireside chats



and an endless coastline of beauty.



All of these things make Maine
a perfect place for this ole gal heading into her 60's.

A place to retreat, to re-energize.
A place to feed my soul.

Perhaps someday Maine will be my official home
but until then, I feel fortunate to breathe in its beauty 
whenever I can.

~ ~ ~ 
 
Sorry I've been a bit absent ... we have some construction 
happening in our Maine home which has been requiring me to
live and breath tile, countertops, hardware and paint colors.  
Sawdust surrounds me!

Have a great weekend, my friends,


69 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for providing these beautiful scenes - even thru the sawdust cloud!

My Journey With Candida said...

Maine is so beautiful. We may be heading there next month if we can get away.

You are right about one thing Lobstah lobstah lobstah!! My Hubs would and has eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner... plus inbetween

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I was born in Maine - Kittery to be exact - while my father was stationed in the air force. I've always wanted to go back and see it since we left when I was 3 months old. These pictures make me want to go back even more. Gorgeous!!

JillsyGirl Studio said...

Never been there, only up to Vermont and New Hampshire, but even those states are magnificent. Enjoy! It sounds like you guys might be working on making that your permanent address one day!

grammie g said...

Hi Reena..You got the greatness of the Maine coast in this post!! Your photos are wonderful scenes I will never get tired of seeing !!
I love this state I can't imagine being anywhere else!!
We have had quite a few double rainbows this year ..very nice capture!!
Don't breathe in to much of that stuff, you want to live to
enjoy! ; }
Grace

grammie g said...

Hi Reena..You got the greatness of the Maine coast in this post!! Your photos are wonderful scenes I will never get tired of seeing !!
I love this state I can't imagine being anywhere else!!
We have had quite a few double rainbows this year ..very nice capture!!
Don't breathe in to much of that stuff, you want to live to
enjoy! ; }
Grace

Florida Farm Girl said...

We've been to Maine before, but we'll be up there again starting Sunday, if all goes well. The coastline is a magnificent thing to see.

Sharkbytes said...

Maine is definitely on my list of favorite places.

Brian Miller said...

wow with beauty like that i gotta come visit...the scenery in your shots are just amazing....still got a bit of that wanderlust left in me...smiles.

Kathy said...

It's easy to understand why you love it so much.

Mags said...

Breathtaking...these highlight 100% of why I'll never live anywhere other than New England.

Evelyn S. said...

Just fabulous, Reena! It's so funny...Maine has never come up on my radar as THE place to live, but you are convincing me. ;-) These images are so wonderful.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Great collection, you have really captured the charm of New England! Can you Fedex me a lobster?

Rohrerbot said...

Gorgeous. Maine has always been one state(along with NH and VT) that I've wanted to visit. One of my favorite movies is On Golden Pond....and I'd like to see this area of the world someday. Thanks for sharing your world:)

Jill said...

The beauty is almost overwhelming!

Country Girl said...

I feel the same way about Maine. Your photos are divine. They truly are quintessential Maine.

bill lisleman said...

very eye catching scenes in those pictures and it sounds like you have remodeled rooms to enjoy soon. good stuff

Sylvia K said...

I've always wanted to visit Maine and now I REALLY do! What an incredibly beautiful place and your photos are fantastic, Reena!! Thanks for sharing the beauty and I am just a tad envious, but since I have 20 years on you, I think I had probably better stay put!!! have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

zooperson said...

Maine is one of the few stares I've not visited. Wasn't high. on my bucket list, but boy howdy you have changed that. Wow! Your photos are just the best. What a t treat to see Maine through your lens.

Hilary said...

I loved Maine when I visited and camped there. You sure bring out its most beautiful colours.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

You could make a "Visit Maine" travel brouchure with this post.

Out on the prairie said...

I could adjust to this life too well.I have visited a few times and loved it.Tough to touch 60 i will be there in October,but still feel young.

ladyfi said...

Wow! You have indeed found paradise!

rainfield61 said...

Your life is full of colors.

60 years of colors.

Arija said...

I empathise fully with the wish to live in Maine. My daughter is going there again this summer, while I can only dream. Lobster I am very partial to as well.

Claudia said...

Gorgeous photos. What a beautiful state! I've only been there once but would love to go there again. Enjoy this place that makes your heart sing.

xo
Claudia

Ann said...

One look at that first shot and now I'm thinking I was meant to be in Maine also :)

Beth said...

i so agree with you my friend. when the hubby & i drove through the upper coastal states i feel in love. i've always lived in VA. but for the 1st time i wanted to be a northerner ... loved new hampshire & maine the best. hope to get back there asap. the accent are too cool. i bet they thought i was fun too. guess you never realize you have an accent. only every one else. enjoy your weekend. (:

S. Etole said...

So much beauty there.

Birdman said...

Were you near the Newagen Inn? That red house, flag, dock, island green is close-by.

Birdman said...

No, no, no! Don't come to Maine! It's really NOT this beautiful! hahahaha

Catherine said...

How beautiful! I think a gal could get used to living like that ~ at any age!
Terrific photos!
xo Catherine

Deanna said...

What beautiful surroundings, no wonder your heart belongs there. Good luck on the sawdust etc.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Reena what a lovely post and pictures. I know what you mean...I'm pretty sure I was born in the NC mountains in another life...and her hills are still calling me.

Hugs and good luck w/ the projects
Madi and Mom

Kathryn said...

Looks like the perfect place for feeding the soul. So glad you have this as nourishment.

Gillian Olson said...

Looks like a wonderful place, I love the water and shoreline so really enjoyed these beautiful scenes.

Pat said...

Beautiful shots!

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CherryPie said...

Stunning images, it looks absolutely fabulous :-)

Dianne said...

what beautiful scenes!!

the wild magnolia said...

Your photography is stunning. My Florida raised daughter's and granddaughter live in Maine. Hockey for one of my grandson's brought one daughter to Maine, and the other moved because her sister loved it so much.

I found your blog from Louisiana Belle.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Beautiful photos! Loved my journey!
What's up with the boycott American women??? Yikes I think you have been spammed!

Betty Manousos said...

don't be sorry...take your time, dear reena.


yet another beautiful series of photos so well captured.

wish you a happy weekend!

bon bon said...

they are all beautiful views. the lighthouse capture is my favorite. the fire pit, i'd like in my own backyard! :o)

Linda R said...

WOW! It does look like a perfect place to be. Such gorgeous photos.

Hugs~

CiCi said...

No wonder Maine captured your heart. The photos are exquisite. If I weren't already in love with Nebraska, I would have to come to Maine. You are fortunate to have found your heart's desire location.

Marcie said...

Lucky you to be able to 'summer' in Maine. Just having returned from a week's vacation there - I second all of your thoughts. Is there anywhere more beautiful?!?!

Ivanhoe said...

I think I have been a little displaced, too. Can I come?
Beautiful captures of a beautiful country :)
Keep enjoying, Reena!

Lissa Forbes said...

I've always loved water and this reminds me how much. Fortunately, there are some ponds and lakes and rivers here in Colorado to keep me occupied, but it's different from the oceans. Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous images! ;->

TrendyFashionista2 said...

Beautiful pictures and you have managed to make me hungry for LOBSTER. Yum, dipped in lots of butter.

New gfc follower

Daryl Edelstein said...

now tell me which airport is closest? I may just drop by .. xo

Amish Stories said...

Reena you really take some pictures, and a happy early birthday to you. Richard

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Jennifer Richardson said...

I wish you peace in the sawdust
and send glad thanks for sharing
the beauty that finds you
as you head into a fresh decade
and I wonder what lovelies
are still ahead for you to discover:)
so much to love, life.
happy Maine-being,
Jennifer

GailO said...

I could so easily be a Maine person too! Can't wait to see what you have been working on!

islandwonder said...

I have never been to Maine but it looks stunning.

Suldog said...

Being a Boston boy, born and bred, I can tell you that you are right. There is nothing quite like the New England coast. And the further north you go, the more pristine and lovely it is. Just sitting there, enjoying the ocean breeze and sunshine, invigorates the soul and re-energizes every part of my being. If you do move to Maine someday, maybe we'll meet halfway (somewhere in New Hampshire) and enjoy a lunch or dinner :-)

Vagabonde said...

After visiting our daughter in Memphis we drove to Nashville to visit the other daughter and her family, so I have been away from reading blogs for over 10 days and am way behind. I caught up with your posts. Yes, I have often thought about the past. I came to the USA by myself when I was 21, to travel really, not to stay, but then met my husband. All my family was in Paris and my father offered to buy us an apartment in Paris. My husband did not speak French so was reluctant for us to move – we did not. Now, I often think – what if we had moved back home to Paris? At least I would have some friends – here in Georgia, I have hardly any. Your photographs of Maine are gorgeous.

Barbara Shallue said...

So beautiful! I believe I might be a Maine girl, too! At least in the summertime...

Michael Manning said...

So vivid, I felt as if I should be there in the photo! Nicely done!!

eileeninmd said...

Reena, your Maine scenic shots are just lovely. I can see why you long to live there. Wonderful photos, have a great day.

Rose L said...

It does look lovely. What are the winters like???

Barb said...

Hi Reena, You've captured the essence of Maine. You are a young 60! Happy summer to you.

Grace said...

Lovely lovely pictures ~ Thanks for sharing ~

Grace said...

Linking your picture to my blog for haiku poem ~ Credit to you ~

Caroline said...

Oh wow...these are stunning shots! I have been to Maine once...I would love to go back!!!

Pat Tillett said...

Wow and double wow! Such a beautiful place! Beautiful photos as well...

Christopher Grimes said...

does anybody know where the lighthouse in that photo is located or what its called??? I thought I have seen every lighthouse in maine and I have never seen this one..HELP PLEASE