“The Jewel of the Coast” – Camden, Maine

On the western shore of Penobscot Bay, roughly eight miles northeast of Rockland lies Camden, Maine, a picturesque seaside village at the foot of Camden Hills. Its slogan is “where the mountains meet the sea” and is one of the most beautiful places in New England. Camden is referred to as “The Jewel of the Coast”. We always enjoy visiting this area of New England as well as chumming around with our good friends who reside in nearby Rockport.

A visit to Maine would be incomplete without enjoying a breath taking view from atop Mt. Battie, strolling and dining along Camden’s waterfront, and visiting the Farnsworth Art Museum, which houses the Wyeth Center, in nearby Rockland.

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Windjammer Sailing on Penobscot Bay - Camden, Maine
Windjammer Sailing on Penobscot Bay – Camden, Maine
Harbor and Waterfront - Camden, Maine
Harbor and Waterfront – Camden, Maine

A View from Atop Mt. Battie - Camden, Maine
A View from Atop Mt. Battie – Camden, Maine

 

There Once was an Old Man on the Mountain

The Old Man of the Mountain was a series of five granite cliff ledges on Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire near the town of Franconia. When viewed from the north, the rock formation appeared to be the jagged profile of a face.

 The first recorded mention of the Old Man was in 1805. It collapsed on May 3, 2003. The first photograph, shot with 35mm film, was taken on October 2, 1998.  On a return visit nine years later, the second photo, digital, was taken on August 28, 2007.

 The profile has been New Hampshire’s state emblem since 1945. It was put on the state’s license plate, state route signs, and on the Statehood Quarter. The writer Nathaniel Hawthorne used the Old Man as inspiration for his short story “The Great Stone Face”, published in 1850, in which he described the formation as “a work of Nature in her mood of majestic playfulness”.

The Old Man collapsed to the ground between midnight and 2a.m., May 3, 2003. The collapse was due to years of weathering even though efforts to protect and preserve the rock formation have been attempted. 

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Whooping Crane

The 18th Annual Whooping Crane Festival was held in Port Aransas, TX the last 4 days. Carol and I were privileged to hear the top crane experts in the world lecture about these magnificent creatures while attending the festival.

The Whooping Crane is the rarest and tallest of all North American birds. It is 5 feet tall and has a wingspan of 7 to 8 feet. The Whooping Crane has been slowly recovering from near extinction of only 15 birds in 1941 to about 270 migratory individuals today. The last naturally occurring population of Whooping Cranes in the world breeds at Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada and migrates more than 2,500 miles to spend the winter on the coastal wetlands near and within Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Rockport, Texas. They arrive in Texas  in the fall and leave in March. The migration takes about 2 to 3 weeks. This population of “Whoopers” is called the Aransas-Wood Buffalo flock. The International Crane Foundation headed by Dr. George Archibald is the leading organization in working for the protection and restoration of the 15 crane species found worldwide. Dr. Archibald was one of the speakers we heard.

Whooping Crane facts: Mate for life; Only one of two species of cranes found on the North American Continent, the Sandhill Crane being the other; Average life span in the wild is 30 years; They never fly at night; The migration route from Buffalo NP to Aransas NWR is approximate 150 miles wide.

 In recognition of the Whooping Crane, I though it fitting to share a couple of my Whooping Crane photos.

Maybe this post will inspire you to learn more about the “Whooper” and its plight.

 

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March 3, 2011 046-1 Whooping CraneB March 3, 2011 046-1 Whooping Cranes wading in Saint Charles Bay at the Lamar Peninsula

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch is a 65-foot (20 m) tall freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. It is the most widely-recognized landmark in Arches National Park and is depicted on Utah license plates and on a postage stamp commemorating Utah’s centennial anniversary of statehood in 1996. The Olympic torch relay for the 2002 Winter Olympics passed through the arch.

The day after I reached the age of 74 I hiked 1.5 miles one-way up to the arch. The elevation gain from the starting point to the arch was 480′ .  Getting up to the arch was quite a challenging  hour and half hike across slick-rock following cairns which are little piles of rocks to mark the way. I felt like Hansel and Gretel.

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T.A. Moulton Barn

The T.A. Moulton Barn is located in Jackson Hole , WY in an area known as Antelope Flats. This barn is said to be the most photographed barn in America.

Photographers from around the world gather before sunrise to capture the image just as the sunlight hits the tip of the Grand Teton Mountains. Someone shouts “There it is” meaning the sun has just appeared at the very tip of The Grand Teton and everyone starts clicking away for the next 20 or 30 minutes. This is shown in the picture.The morning I was there with 18 other photographers the temperature was a cold crisp 24 degrees.

T.A. Moulton Barn, Jackson Hole, WY

Photographs of My travels