Unusual Summer

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Good morning everyone! Summer is half way there here along the Maine coast. If you haven’t been “down east” for a visit you really owe it to yourself to get here. This has been quite an unusual summer. “Drier ‘an a boot” as some would say. The weather has just been spectacular. I feel for the folks in the cities where the temperatures and high humidities are just sweltering. That heat has reached the Maine coast as well but only to warm the waters enough for very comfortable swimming. Funny how every harbor we go to is the “harbor of warm waters.” We have had lots of swim calls.

Another unusual occurrence here along the coast has been the prevalence of wildlife. Nature seems to be putting on quite the show for us this summer. Up in the bay we have seen numerous razor billed auks, something we don’t normally see. Auks being pelagic birds are usually found outside the bays in the open ocean. My guess is that there must be something to feed on. “Tinker” mackerel are in abundance but they would seem to be a little big for an auk to choke down. I don’t really know what they are feeding on but the herring gulls are right there with the auks instead of hanging out at the local landfills. We fondly call these gulls “dump ducks.” Porpoise seem to be all around as well. I wonder if they feed on the same thing the auks are eating. I have been doing a lot of my photography with my iPhone but the wildlife have me reaching for my trusty old camera once again. My advice: grab your camera and come on “down east” for the greatest show on earth. You won’t be sorry.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

A Few of My Favorites

Good morning everyone! Here are a few of my favorite images from this past season. There are a few from other seasons just because they make my heart go pitter patter.

Be well. Do good. Enjoy time with family and friends this Thanksgiving.

Run of the Mill Maine Beautiful Sunset #286

Good evening everyone. I never get tired of these…even if it is the 286th beautiful sunset from this particular anchorage overlooking Ducktrap Mt. I never get tired of it…ever. Count my blessings,eh?

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.A beautiful sunset as seen from Windjammer Cruises in Maine

Go Big, Go Windjammin’

maine windjammers cruisesGood afternoon everybody. So as you can see I have a new toy, a GoPro camera so get yourselves ready for some new perspectives on windjamming. The 170 degree field of view is fun and certainly gives folks the big picture. The movie mode is awesome. Don’t think you won’t be seeing some cool footage from the bow while we are out sailing. Of course there are quite a few pixels in this tiny little box so it will take some gezhuntering to get it right. It is fun to see the world through the lens of a new camera. As Jim Dugan always preaches on our Nature/Photography Cruises some of the coolest pictures are those that are taken from perspectives from which we do not normally see life. And isn’t that just a great message for the day, eh?

windjammer cruises in MaineEnjoy these. The smiling glasses gal is Morgan, deckhand extraordinaire aboard Mary Day this summer. The figure head would be Brendan who is helping fit-out the Lewis R French. And Amber is hanging cat like on the cat head painting that cute little star. Nice touch!

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

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Push away from the desk…

maine windjammer photography cruisesGood morning everyone. We have been pounding away in the office trying to recover from computer upgrades. That was a real big setback in our world but we think we getting the better of it all. During a break in the action I told Jen she ought to get out and take the camera to capture a little bit of the beautiful day we had. Spring was definitely in the air yesterday but as we New Englanders know from experience, spring comes in fleeting, bashful moments when it first arrives. Here are just a few of the cool shots she took. So my message to all you today, push away from the desk and no one will get hurt! Get out and ramble around for just a few moments. Take a camera as an excuse to try to really notice the gently unfolding signs of spring. I think if I have taken anything away from one of our Nature/Photography cruises it is that a camera is a great tool for looking more closely at the natural world that we can so easily walk right by.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.maine windjammer photography cruisesmaine windjammer photography cruises