Set 1 of My Favorite Maine Photographs
Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

This week I feature mostly photographs that were sent  to me of scenes in nearby Maine

Maine is the farthest point east in the USA, which is why there were two SAC bases in Maine during the Cold War
The western half of Maine is mountainous whereas the southern border has a rugged shorline on the Atlantic Ocean
If the coat of Maine could be stretched out it would extend to Florida
There are almost countless inlets, bays, and islands

This is Widgery Warf ---


Maine ---

Maine ( French: État du Maine) is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, New Hampshire to the west, and the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the northwest and New Brunswick to the northeast. Maine is both the northernmost and easternmost portion of New England. It is known for its scenery—its jagged, mostly rocky coastline, its low, rolling mountains, its heavily forested interior and picturesque waterways—as well as for its seafood cuisine, especially lobsters and clams.

For thousands of years, indigenous peoples were the only inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine. At the time of European encounter, several Algonquian-speaking peoples inhabited the area. The first European settlement in Maine was by the French in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons. The first English settlement in Maine, the short-lived Popham Colony, was established by the Plymouth Company in 1607. A number of English settlements were established along the coast of Maine in the 1620s, although the rugged climate, deprivations, and conflict with the local peoples caused many to fail over the years.

As Maine entered the 18th century, only a half dozen European settlements survived. Patriot and British forces contended for Maine's territory during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until 1820, when it voted to secede from Massachusetts. On March 15, 1820, it was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state under the Missouri Compromise. Maine is the 39th most extensive and the 41st most populous of the 50 United States.

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Sparsely populated Fort Kent in the far north near Canada

Bustling Kittery is in the south on the Atlantic Ocean


This is the Kittery Bridge on I-95 that crosses over to Maine from New Hampshire


Maine has more water (salt and fresh) than other states in New England
Hence it has more moose to both enjoy and fear
There are hundreds of collisions of cars and moose each year in Maine

Here in New New Hampshire we call Mainers "Mainiacs"
In part this is because they are somewhat kinky relative to the straight folks of New Hampshire


A few years ago on a visit to Bangor I took this picture of grandson Jonathon beside the haunted
mansion wherein resides the famous author Stephen King

I was a professor of accounting at the University of Maine 1968-1978
This was our house on Howard Street in Bangor on the other side of town from Stephen King's mansion

In addition we had a cottage near Acadia National Park
This was our shore front on nearly 12 acres of woods
We dug our clams from the sand and bought lobsters about a mile down the road at the Oak Point Lobster Pound
On many nights we steamed our clams and lobsters on our beach


From our deck we could look across at Blue Hill behind the village of Blue Hill


This was a fresh water pond near our cottage
Our kids were little in those days and loved trying to catch frogs in this pond


The location of our summer cottage is circled in red in the two pictures below
Acadia National Park is juxtaposed against Bar Harbor on Mt. Desert Island

Acadia National Park is probably the most popular target for tourists who visit Maine

Acadia National Park ---

Acadia National Park is a National Park located in the U.S. state of Maine. It reserves much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast. Originally created as Lafayette National Park in 1919, the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River,[4] it was renamed Acadia in 1929.[3

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Acadia National Park is known for its crashing surf, granite rock, and panoramic views from Cadillac Mountain


From Bar Harbor the Blue Nose Ferry departs for Nova Scotia
It's popular to take a car to Nova Scotia and then return to the USA via Canada's Maritime Provices


A favorite spot inside the the park is the Jordan Pond House above Jordan Pond
Hundreds of tourists each day in the summer come here for its famous popovers and other delights


A more remote famous spot in Maine is Mt. Katahdin in the interior of Baxter State Park

 Mt. Katahdin ---

Mount Katahdin (USGS name) is the highest mountain in Maine at 5,268 feet (1,606 m). Named Katahdin by the Penobscot Indians, the term means "The Greatest Mountain". Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park: a steep, tall mountain formed from underground magma. The flora and fauna on the mountain are typical of those found in northern New England. Katahdin was known to the Native Americans in the region, and was known to Europeans at least since 1689. It has inspired hikes, climbs, journal narratives, paintings, and a piano sonata.[3] The area around the peak was protected by Governor Percival Baxter starting in the 1930s. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness.

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Years and years ago three other professors and I climbed Mt. Katahdin
This is the "Knife's Edge" at the top of the mountain
The Knife's Edge is the northern termination point of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail


Most people associate the coast of Maine with large-clawed delicious lobsters
Here's a lobster boat returning with the catch of the day
On a previous day these lobster traps (called pots) are dropped to the bottom of the ocean and connected to colored floats
Each lobster fisherman has a unique color-coded float and woe be it to anybody who steals his lobsters in the trap
Two odd things about lobstermen is that they usually cannot swim and do not care for eat lobsters


This is our favorite seafood restaurant in New England --- about three miles north of Camden
It's called The Lobster Pound located on Lincolnville Beach near the ferry to Islesborro ---


Each summer we have Christmas in August with two of our children, their families, and old friends who live in Maine
We stay in The Spouter Inn just down the road from the above restaurant
Breakfast in this inn is out of this world


This is nearby Camden which served as the setting for the film Peyton Place in 1957
The town is known for its scenic bluffs called Camden Highlands (read that expensive real estate),_Maine

Camden Harbor gets crowded in the summer

Corporate pulp and paper companies own enormous tracts of mountain terrain known as the "timberlands"
The timberlands have no schools and towns although the companies lease cottage lots on lakes and scenic sites
The timberlands have fallen on hard times with so many pulp and paper mills shut down
This is the S.D. Warren Paper Mill in Cumberland, Maine


Probably the best-known retail company in Maine is the L.L. Bean Company in Freeport
It's famous for having won a U.S. Supreme Court case allowing it to ship goods with zero  sales tax to outside states


L.L. Bean ---

The company L.L.Bean was founded in 1912 by its namesake, avid hunter and fisherman Leon Leonwood Bean in Greenwood, Maine. The story tells of a single episode: L.L. Bean threw away the keys to the shop in Greenwood Lake, saying: "We don't need the keys. We will never close." Bean had developed a waterproof boot (a combination of lightweight leather uppers and rubber bottoms) that he sold to hunters. He obtained a list of nonresident Maine hunting license holders, prepared a descriptive mail order circular, set up a shop in his brother's basement in Freeport, Maine, and started a nationwide mail order business. By 1912, he was selling the "Bean Boot", or Maine Hunting Shoe, through a four-page mail-order catalog, and the boot remains a staple of the company's outdoor image. Defects in the initial design led to 90% of the original production run being returned: Bean made good on his money-back guarantee, corrected the design, and continued selling them. Leon L. Bean died on February 5, 1967, in Pompano Beach, Florida. He is buried in Freeport's Webster Cemetery. The company passed into the directorship of Bean's grandson, Leon Gorman, from that time until 2001, when Gorman decided to take the position of Chairman, leaving the position of CEO to Christopher McCormick, the first non-family member to assume the title.The original Freeport store had the appearance of an antique factory, with the business on the second floor, reached only by climbing a long central flight of stairs. For many years, the hallway of the staircase was a bulletin board messaging service used by hunters "from away" to advise their fellow hunters of information about their arrival, needs, and wants for the camp. Fellow hunters would have a niche in the stairway where their friends would put notes, and the custom lasted many years. The new showrooms removed the old, and the store is open 24/7. There is now a "campus" layout with different departments in separate buildings.


Maine has some popular ski resorts.
Below is the peak at Indian River near the New Hampshire border

Another popular ski resort is Sugar Loaf


There are many bald eagles on the coast of Maine


Oceans in My Life
Including My Navy Days


My Favorite Vermont Photographs
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My Favorite New Hampshire Photographs  


Maine Hiking Trails ---
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Ned Grace Photography ---

Maine Historical Society ---


More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories

Blogs of White Mountain Hikers (many great photographs) ---

 White Mountain News ---


On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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