A Beautiful, Beautiful Bay

There are many reasons I enjoy time in Maine.  Primarily, it’s the natural beauty of the coast, especially as seen from the water which is my happy place.

Penobscot Bay is our cruising ground, and it is one of the most perfect boating places on either coast. I like nothing better than setting out in the early morning when the sea is calm and the sky a brilliant blue.

winter/lobster boatsExcept for an occasional lobster boat that left its mooring long before us, it is not surprising for there to be no other boats around early in the day.

Out in the bay, there are islands, hundreds of them created thousands of years ago by volcanic action.

islandMost are uninhabited, covered with spruce. Looking at them, I am reminded of the Tlingit stories having to do with regrowth that were heard recently in Alaska. How is it that nature can recreate without help from man?

Here and there a building is spotted, giving indication of life there now or in an earlier time.

Pumpkin Island lighthouse

Many of the islands have lighthouses, some still active but most not.  I always try to imagine the life of the lighthouse keeper whose job it was to keep boaters safe.

Some islands are connected to the mainland by a bridge.  This recently constructed one goes to Deer Isle where the much visited Acadia National Park is located.

Heading north from Rockport Harbor, islands are not all we see. High above Camden are the rolling hills which is why Camden is described as Where the Mountains Meet the Sea. What a wonderful combination!

Pipe DreamsAs we go along, I study the charts which identify the islands and make notes about islands that may hold possibility for picnics and new discoveries.

Moon over Penobscot 2 - Version 2Yes, Penobscot Bay is a beautiful, beautiful bay, Spruce covered headlands jut boldly from its shores, jewel like islands float on its surface and the gentle, glacier rounded contours of the Camden Hills look down on its broad reaches. 

Louise Dickinson Rich, Coast of Maine.

I so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

26 thoughts on “A Beautiful, Beautiful Bay

  1. Beautiful photos, Linda. Maine is one state I have never visited, and I so want to, and your photos make me want to even more!

    1. I hope you have the opportunity, Patti, as there is much beauty to be found here.

  2. I so enjoy your boating adventures! Thank you for sharing them. Tina

    1. I’m glad to have you along to share that which makes me happy.

  3. Gorgeous captures of a gorgeous place!

    1. Thank you, Nancy. It’s easy to take good photos when there is so much beauty.

  4. My Way Home Life July 22, 2018 — 10:44 pm

    I have such lovely memories of cruising Penobscot Bay as a girl. Thanks for the reminder.😊

    1. It’s a wonderful place to create memories.

  5. Such beautiful photos Linda! There is nothing better than a water view in my book~

    1. You’ll get no argument from me about water.

  6. Thanks for the photos and info!

  7. Lucile Hanscom July 21, 2018 — 2:07 pm

    I especially loved the photo of our favorite tree – lit by the light of the moon. Thank you, Phil, for taking that photo from the deck at Connemara

  8. My blood pressure just significantly lowered! Oh, how pretty! The closest I’ve ever been to this particular brand of beauty was…never!!! I’ve beem to Tybee Island, but it was at the time of that devastating tsunami some years ago, so everything was dark and ugly. I’ve been on the beaches of the west coast, but they simply don’t compare. No wonder you choose Maine!

    1. Alycia, you experience beauty in so many ways and I love you for it.

  9. So beautiful!!! Enjoy every minute while there!

  10. Love your photos!

    1. You know how beautiful the coast of Maine is!

  11. Lovely prose and photos, as always, Linda.

    1. You honor me with your comments.

  12. Beautiful photos of a beautiful part of our Country.

    1. I’ve found no place I like better.

      1. My favorite place is Orvieto Italy… different, but remarkably enchanting

      2. A perfect life for me would to be live half time in Maine and half in Tuscany.

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