Maine State Parks

5-20-13 Bear River Grafton Notch

 

Conditions were perfect this morning, overcast and no wind, to take a ride to Grafton Notch State Park to do some stream photography.  I was there for a total of three hours so I took plenty of pictures  but shortly after this image the sun came out so I called it a day. I actually had to wait for a cloud to obscure the sun before snapping it.  I’ll be posting more in the future.

 

2-3-13 Popham Beach

 

This photo was taken at Popham Beach State Park recently. I hadn’t been there in a few years and I was shocked at how much it has changed.  I’ve been going there since I was a kid and there used to be grass covered dunes along the whole beach but they were gone. Apparently, a storm a few years ago wiped out all the dunes and left the area looking pretty desolate.  Back in the day, the grassy dune areas were fenced off and you had to get to the beach by following boardwalks, it was to prevent folks from walking on the grass areas and destroying them. After all, it was the grass that held the dunes together. It took Mother Nature a matter of hours to destroy it all. As you can tell by the photo above the beach is already on it’s way to a gradual recovery , the grass is slowly making a comeback. It’ll be years before it’s back to it’s former self.

Going to Reid during off hours you have to park at the gate and walk in. There are two parking lots after the gate, one is a third of a mile and the other is a mile away. When I got there on Sunday  it was still somewhat dark but the sky was lighting up in the east. I chose to go to the closer site because the lighting increases fast and it would’ve taken too much time to travel the mile to get to the further lot. I didn’t want to miss out on a great light situation.

I had loaded my bicycle into the back of the truck the night before figuring it would expedite my travel to the edge of the water. It’s a downhill slope to get to the parking lot but I hadn’t gone more than 100 yards when all of a sudden, POW! the front tire on the bike blew. I had just replaced the inner tube the day before, guess I got the wrong size or a cheap one.

I walked the rest of the way and was glad I hadn’t decided to go to the further lot, I would not have made it in time to photograph the sun breaking the horizon. For anyone familiar with Reid State Park this photo was taken by the bridge that goes to one of the parking lots. The tide was going out and a few hours earlier this rock would’ve been underwater.

 

I drove to Reid State Park this morning to photograph the sunrise. Originally I was taking pictures of this interesting cloud formation with just my wide angle lens. Then I decided to try a panoramic. This is a compilation of four different images which I merged together in Photoshop. This is the first time I’ve tried this technique, I’ll be using it again in the future. Click on the photo to see it larger.