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Maine’s Bold Coast   11 comments


A spectacular view from the cliffs of the Cutler Coast Preserve, Bold Coast, Maine

Maine's Bold Coast

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Far north from the usual crowds that visit the typical vacation spots in Maine, lies the Bold Coast. Located just south of Lubec, the easternmost town in the U.S., this is a pristine area with very little development.

To get to this place, you park along a little-used road and hike in about a mile and a half, coming to these spectacular cliffs. From here, you can hike south along the rim of the cliffs to a primitive campsite that lies directly on the coastline. Hiking along the trail you can always keep an eye out for seals and whales (on the left), as well as bear and moose (on the right.)

I don’t think I know of a more lovely place on the east coast to spend the day. You might see one other person during the entire day.

Three exposures hand-held from Nikon D90, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 wide angle lens at 16mm, f/4.5, ISO 160. Merged in HDR Express with followup in Photoshop CS5 with Nik Color Efex Pro.

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Over at OneStopPoetry, the second of a two-part interview went live on Sunday morning. You can find it HERE.

I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the Sunday Photography Interview and Poetry Challenge, both weeks. In the interview, OneStopPoetry puts a few of my images in-line with the interview responses, highlighting one shot in particular as a ‘prompt’ for their weekly poetry challenge. Interested participants use the image as inspiration, and come up with a poem or prose based on what they see or feel about the image. It’s fascinating to see the creatives take off on their path, sometimes revealing their deepest thoughts, flights of fancy, or memories that the picture might have conjured up for them.

As one who values Creativity over Certainty, I appreciate being able to come up with something creative of my own, but then watch it take a new life when someone adds their own interpretation on it. It seems like Creativity doubled.

My thanks to all who took the time to write their thoughts. Some entries have struck me so well that I’ve asked the poets if I could use their poems to go alongside the images someday. Some seem like the perfect pairing of image and words, which is something that I often struggle to achieve by myself, usually falling short of what I’d really like to convey.

 

Another World   9 comments


Susan hikes out on a rock flake at the Cutler Coast Preserve, Cutler, Maine, on a beautiful autumn day

Another World

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In working on some images for the Maine Office of Tourism, I came across this one, which I’ve always liked. In the midst of what seems like a long and eventful winter, I again wanted to remind myself of the more halcyon days of autumn.

On this hike in coastal Maine, you step out of the forest and are greeted by a scene from another world.

Having lived on the east coast all my life, I’ve gotten accustomed to flat beaches, sand dunes, and low, rocky shorelines. So to discover this hidden gem was a treat — there aren’t too many places from Maine to Florida where you can find such a dramatic shoreline. This may be nothing much for those along the Pacific coast, but here, it’s rather unusual to see tall cliffs diving straight into the sea. Perhaps that’s why they call this area “The Bold Coast.”

This spot, well off the beaten path, can only be reached by hiking about 1.5 miles in by trail. From here, you can traverse along the top of the cliffs for several miles, and can camp in a couple of wilderness campsites at the end of the trail, right near the water.

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