Maine Coast Watch – observations of life on the coast of Maine


July 4, 5:23AM, Saturday, 2016

July 4, 5:23AM, Saturday, 2016, Cape Elizabeth, Maine Down at Crystal Cove coming up on the rocks looking at the tide pools toward the open sea. Thinking about an updated photo on the big tide pool.  Looked up toward sun glade saw what I thought was a walrus or big seal sunning itself on the…

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June 29, 2016, 2:30AM, Wednesday

  Sound of thunder in the last hour. No rain yet, fog bank over ocean 500 feet up drifting to the east.  A space, a slit, of light sky open, an eerie light coming in from the west.  Then another fog bank above the slit a combination of cloud atmosphere I’ve not seen before.  Minutes…

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June 29, 2016, 7:16AM, Wednesday

  Ground is wet, grass, leaf wet. Low fog horn blowing from left.  Gray sea, gray sky.  Light along the horizon, bright at edge of Shuman’s Woods.  Sun is up there behind thinning clouds.  Faint sea sounds from shore.  Can hear dripping in the trees sitting on porch this gray wet morning feeling the silence,…

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June 28, 2016, 7:20AM, Tuesday

  Sun just went behind a cloud. Down on height of land on slat bench above cliffs.  High tide.  Three foot seas.  Herringbone sky.  Over left shoulder mix of clouds and blue sky.  A good breeze off the ocean, surf breaking.  Spray is 15 feet high at times.  Junipers and bayberry rustling in the breeze. …

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June 27, 2016, 6:19AM, Monday

  Morse’s Cave cove. Retreating tide a foot down.  Can see the lights of Portland Head, Ram Island lighthouse, the other island over Casco Bay.  The water waves are 15 feet away.  We trust the predictability of nature that two feet above the water I am safe from this two foot sea.  That nothing will…

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June 25, 2016, 6:49AM, Saturday

  Down on rocks, giant staircase. Half-moon over right shoulder. Already the sun is in retreat by three days, headed back to the equator.  Summer has just arrived but is already in retreat.  The tide is low and still falling.  The seaweed high on the rocks glistens, still wet from higher water.  Boats headed out,…

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June 24, 2016, 6:55PM, Friday

  Same ocean, back at bench at the height of land, three sailboats, one motor boat in view. A vast expanse of blue water.  Above, a heron flew by over the cliffs below.  Flew slowly., wings moved slowly into the wind.  He made it look hard.  A gull came along a few minutes later, moving…

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