Longing for Vacation? Photos from the Beaches of Maine

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!

So come along this path to the beach. Smell the salt grass and feel the breeze off the water cool your face. Remember that funny squeak your bare feet make in the warm sand?

One of Maine’s few long sandy beachesSeagulls love the beach, too!

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!

High tide on the marsh

Low tide on the marsh

A foggy day on the marsh makes everything outside mysterious and everything inside soggy!

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.

Casco Bay ferries

Docking at one of the islandsIslanders waiting for supplies. Everything has to come by ferry.

Preparing to move on to the next island.

One of Portland’s smaller lights, Spring Point Light welcomes us back to the harbor.

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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!

 

6 thoughts on “Longing for Vacation? Photos from the Beaches of Maine

  1. Cindy Norris

    Kathy –

    These images made me sigh.  How lovely.  It must have been wonderful to grow up there.

    Hope y’all are all doing well.

    Virtual

    Hugs –

    Cindy

    From: “Kathy, The Picture Lady” Reply-To: The Picture Lady Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:36 PM To: Cindy Norris Subject: [New post] Longing for Vacation? Photos from the Beaches of Maine

    Kathy The Picture Lady posted: “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! So come along this path “

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    1. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

      It was a wonderful place to grow up! I could bike to the beach every day! I’ve lived in many other places, including Texas as you know, and loved those places, too, but the coast of Maine will always call me home! And when I long for Maine, I try to remember C.S. Lewis’ words that the longings of this life are to remind us of heaven–our real home.! Hugs to you , too!

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  2. Becky Van Vleet

    I have always wanted to visit Maine and these photos entice me even more. Have you considered entering your photos to contests? 🙂 I love all the photos but my favorites are the lighthouse, high and low tide, and the twilight. The flowers are beautiful for sure. Thanks for sharing, Kathy!

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    1. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

      You would love it, Becky! I love those same photos. The twilight and high and low tide ones were taken by my husband. He should enter them, but I don’t think he’s ever considered it! We have framed a few, though! I pray all is going well for you and your family and that you’ll get to Maine one day!

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  3. Jeanne Takenaka

    Ahhh, Kathy! This post helped me take some long deep breaths. The photos and your descriptions brought this “I-want-to-visit” place to life. Now, I really want to visit Maine. Your sunset/reflection photos are gorgeous.

    I’ve been to a number of beaches in my time, but I think one of my favorites is the beach at Bellows Air Base in Hawaii. It’s so moody, and I love capturing photos of its different moods. 🙂

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    1. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

      I’m so glad it helped you take some breaths–missing our usual vacations can rob us of those important moments! Wes took those sunset photos and I love them. I’d love to see some of your photos of the beach at Bellows Air Base! I love that type of beach! I hope you can visit Maine someday. I think I love it most in the fall with its clear, crisp days and amazing foliage that stands out against bright blue skies. The beaches aren’t as crowed then and the fall storms bring spectacular surf on the rocks! Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay safe!

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