Tuesday, September 18, 2012

An afternoon walk

It was such a beautiful Maine day yesterday, I took a break and went out to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.  I've always seen it from a distance when in Rockland, looking like a house floating out in the sea.  I thought what a great photo opportunity!  And I wasn't disappointed!

It was a bit of a hike out to the lighthouse.  The 732,000+ tons of granite stretches over 4,300 feet, taking 18 years to complete back in 1899.

 A bit windy and rugged walk ... but it was definitely well worth it!

Only thing that would have made it better 
would have been a glass of wine with those views!

Added to my viewing pleasure was a lobster boat checking his traps with seagulls tailgating his every move.  I love watching their antics.

There was a whole rhythm to the process.  The lobster boat motors to each buoy and pulls it up.

Removes whatever they have caught and replace the bait throwing the old bait into the water.

And that's when all the flurry begins!

 One lucky seagull will grab his prize

and take off to the nearest boulder

 only to be harassed endlessly by others trying to steal his hard fought reward.

The only solution is to quickly grab the discarded fish head

and fly away to a more peaceful place to dine.


Of course, there is always that ONE who just won't quit!

Hope you're having a great day and no harassing seagulls are on your tail!
Later, my friends,


41 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

from peacefulness to not-so-peacefulness. :) all beautiful, though.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

There's something about lighthouses that I find fascinating. I wish there were more in our area to visit. These are beautiful, I can sense the coldness of the dark blue water.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of photos. And what a beautiful place for a walk. I love the shots of the gulls surrounding the fishing boat. Great photos!

Brian Miller said...

wow what a cool light house....def love them...and your day looks so much more brilliant than mine...smiles...thanks for the glimpse of the walk though....even with the playful birds...

Rose L said...

What a wonderful lighthouse. I would live there!!

CherryPie said...

The ocean is very blue :-)

Out on the prairie said...

love the pics, i really like watching gulls and often hold bread up to let them snatch it out of my hand.These were amazing!

Sylvia K said...

I do love your photos for the day, Reena!! What a gorgeous place!! Wonderful BLUE water, great boats and of course I love the seagulls and the lighthouse! Lets face it, I love it all!! How wonderful it would be to visit Maine some day! In the meantime, I'll enjoy your captures!! Hope your week is going well!

Dianne said...

Ah! I can feel the beautiful fresh ocean air .... worth the long walk Reena to capture those gorgeous rustic green shutters.

Barb said...

Hi Reena, I can feel the salt air as I view your photos (I'm dreaming here in landlocked CO!) Amazing that the lighthouse was an 18 year project!

Country Girl said...

Cool lighthouse, Reena. And I loved seeing your seagull escapades. Crazy birds.

Elizabeth Edwards said...

i can imagine those boat shots are very loud. a lot of bird making noise going on. ha. ha!! looks like a lovely place to take a walk. gorgeous day. (:

beth said...

what a great story with the seagulls....so fun !!

Lois Evensen said...

Fabulous light house! Love the sea gull images. They remind me of eating shrimp on the dockside in Oslo and tossing the tails into the air - the gulls never let them hit the sea.

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

What wonderful photos.

Rohrerbot said...

I don't think there isn't a time that can't be photographed. Your boat and bird shots are exciting. I especially like them since I don't get to see that here on a daily basis. The gulls can really get in a person's space:)

GailO said...

What a jewel of a day! The blues in your photos are delightful. but those seagulls! They can be nasty can't they:)

Evelyn S. said...

Love how your sequence of photos moves from the tranquil to the chaotic! But that last image is fairly calm....fairly. ;-)

Mark said...

These are spectacular. Just love your bird shots, really beautiful, so focused in all that activity, so jealous.
Hey, I was just reading somewhere that many of our light houses are for sale for people to live in, and some were in Maine.

Kathy said...

I love all these. Watching gulls can be an entertaining venture!

Daryl said...

oh those silly gulls .. i believe i spy a baby in the 3rd shot from the bottom ...

next walk out there, let's take along a bottle of wine ... ;)

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Reena...your pictures made me feel is if I was walking with you. The colors and shots are so crisp. All magazine book quality.
Hugs Madi and Mom

rainfield61 said...

It was a great day to me too if I was you.

Gillian Olson said...

What a great afternoon adventure you took us on today. Great pictures as always Reena.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow, loved your chronicling of these gulls. They are opportunistic little creatures, aren't they? You really got some dramatic shots of their antics. Love!

Claudia said...

Gorgeous photos. I love the seagulls - you captured their hijinks perfectly.

xo
Claudia

Linda R said...

Now that look like a wonderful adventure. Such wonderful photos my friend.

Hugs~

Ivanhoe said...

Ahhhhh...reminds me of our Lorain Lighthouse I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. Minus the lobster boat :( Ours is on the lake.
Hugs from Ohio,
I.

ladyfi said...

Love those startling blues. So gorgeous!

islandwonder said...

Maine is just so quaint. How nice!!!

Lisa Gordon said...

My goodness, these photographs are gorgeous, Reena!
I think that fall is the most beautiful time to be in Maine. Thank you for sharing all of this beauty here.

xo.

Dianne said...

the gulls are amazing
really love the single gull flying away
beautiful place

Marcie said...

Yes - what a gorgeous September Maine day!

Grace said...

I love your pictures...those gulls can be quite noisy ~ I hope you don't mind if I use some of them for my haiku ~ Thanks again ~

Pat said...

That's a beautiful lighthouse.

Betty Manousos said...

it seems like an afternoon walk around your place is always a fun idea. i totally enjoyed your photos!
they are all fabulous!

main is fantastic! you do have a beautiful autumn!

Suldog said...

Rockland is a lovely place, and I think it's best seen during weather such we're having now - not hot, not cold, a slight oncoming Fall breeze.

ZielonaMila said...

Superb views, admiring such images great joy. I am greeting

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh! that rugged seawall
makes my feet itch to go
walking in seabreeze
....even to shoo away
the pesky gulls.
I love the colors
you're living:)
-Jennifer

ladyfi said...

What a fabulous place to have a house! Love those blue blue views. Gorgeous shots.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos and narrative. I can watch these guys all day. They are really a distraction and big problem while you're fishing, but I still like them.