Maine coast forest

July 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

The forest along the coast of Maine looks different than those in Connecticut and inland Maine, where I spend most of my time. There is a fineness of detail that comes from the prevalent small-needle evergreens, there is a darkness in the thickets that is different from the inland woods, and this darkness is occasionally interrupted by the white pillars of paper birches. My father worked for the Maine Forest Service when I was a kid, and I remember the older men who had been beautifully educated at the Forestry School of the University of Maine. I remember hearing them pronounce the Latin names for the firs and hemlocks and birch and being delighted, even at that age, with the way their elegant learning lived side by side with the wildness of the Maine forest.

Chebeague Island, Olympus E-PL1 with Lens Baby Composer

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