These are from a series of photos I took while standing outside on the Islesford Dock Restaurant on Little Cranberry Island, Maine on Aug. 24, 2014, except for the one showing the boats tied up to floats, which I took from the town-owned dock. I used an online photo editing app to crop and make some other minor adjustments to the photos, but otherwise have left them largely untouched. All photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy 4.
I’ve seen a lot of them and Stonington to me is the most ridiculously photogenic seaside village in Maine. The granite ledges, the houses and grassy yards stacked up the hillside, the harbor, lobster boats, islands and, not least, the fishing gear piled around town make for an array of scenery you just don’t get anywhere else.
Every harbor town has a different combination of fishermen, tourists and summer rusticators, and the mix in Stonington is just about right, in my estimation. The lobster fishing fleet here made Stonington the 22nd most valuable fishing port in the country in 2012, when $46 million of lobster were offloaded at its docks. And yet the town is named after its granite rock quarrying industry, not its lobster haul. Throw in the absurd scenery, and you get a visual aesthetic as strong as the work ethic those industries bring.
Jonesport/Beals and Corea come close, but Stonington’s combination of fishing aesthetic and natural beauty is second to none in Maine.
Packed house for Washington County Chief Deputy Shawn Donahue’ funeral. Feels like every LEO in #Maine is here in Calais.
Joining similar protests worldwide, a group in Ellsworth, Maine gathered Thursday outside a local McDonald’s to make a case for raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. A bid to raise the wage recently died in the U.S. Senate but, with Pres. Obama issuing an executive order on raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers, the argument is not going away.