Something a little different this week. Since many of us can’t get away for vacations this summer, I decided to post some photos from Vacationland–Maine, where I grew up and though I can’t visit it this year, hope to again soon!
Most Maine beaches are smaller and bounded by rocky headlands.
You have to climb down rocks just to get to some beaches.
But I love the rocks! Looking at the folds of the rock ledges. Exploring little pools for creatures. Trying to catch a snail before it pulls in its “foot” and snaps shut. Or watching the feathery cirri of barnacles sweep through the water in search of food.
I especially love being on the rocks in storms. Waves crash against the rocks, sending spray sailing away on the wind.
All those rocks are why Maine has so many lighthouses! That’s us down on the small beach, looking for beach glass and shells!
Maine has many tidal rivers separating the beaches and rocky headlands from each other. This photo shows where one joins the ocean.
The next few photos show farther up one of those tidal rivers. The beautiful marshes provide a habitat for many creatures, including voracious, drone-size mosquitoes! Growing up in this marshy coastal town, we did get kind of used to mosquitoes!
Beach roses and other wildflowers fill the fields surrounding every beach!
Maine has lots of islands, big and little. Casco Bay supposedly has 365 of them, and sometimes we’d take the mailboat ferry in a round trip to visit a few of them.
Sandy beaches and rocky ledges, the cry of seagulls and the smell of salt grass, pink beach roses and foggy days–all form important memories of a place I love.
What beaches are special to you? What memories of those beaches do you treasure?
I can never leave a Maine beach without shells, drift wood, beach glass, and even rocks!
What souvenirs do you have from visits to beaches?
Molly is in vacation mode, so this week this little guy is helping me say we hope you’ll visit Kathy the Picture Lady again for great art, fun art projects, and more fun places to visit!
And we leave you with a twilight picture over the marsh–taken at great peril of being carried off by mosquitoes!