Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pig and Sow Islands

This is one of my favorite destinations by boat. The narrow inlet between Pig and Sow islands is only accessible when the tide is at its highest point and even then, we watch carefully for underwater ledge. At low tide, one could easily wade from one island to the other. The atmosphere here is magical. Light shimmers and the island reflections on water are vivid and very beautiful. On one occasion dozens of blue heron soared from the treetops in protest at our passing, sun filtering through their outstretched wings. We were surrounded by monarch butterflies beginning their improbable journey south on another visit. Goldenrod was in bloom, hardy roots clinging to the rocks, on the day these photos were taken.

Six weeks til frost.

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  1. That "six weeks til frost" makes one treasure this summer beauty even more. Wonderful photos.

  2. I really think Maine is in my future. I love frost and winter-real winter. pgt

  3. Terrific photos. I love the idea of six weeks til frost- unimaginable here in the south, of course. Temperatures in the upper 90s are pretty normal, even a few days of well into the 100s (on the parking lot at work and the freeways) and are likely to remain so until well into October.

    Winter in Atlanta can begin in December, sometimes early in the month, and drags on thru February (there might have been a snow flurry, an ice storm, but usually its just brassily blue-skyed cold days) by which time everyone is totally over it and longing for Spring and by end of March shorts are on the ironing board awaiting the first opportunity to be worn.

    I don't know whether to commiserate or congratulate - six weeks til frost!

  4. Barbara ~ Thank you! The "six weeks til frost" after the goldenrod appears is a little bit of Maine wisdom that, unfortunately, seems to be true!

    pgt ~ I hope Maine is in your future...and I would love to see it through your eyes.

    Blue ~ Sometimes I feel a sense of panic, at this time of the year, seeing summer slip away, but then an acceptance as the cool crisp days arrive. And they do arrive, promptly after Labor Day along with shorter periods of sunlight until the winter solstice and a sunset around 3:30. February, when you are anticipating spring, is typically our coldest month and a day in the 20s feels like a heat wave! And it goes on and on....Maine wakens slowly.

  5. Oink! Oink! Love the names and the views.

  6. home before dark ~ Haha! They are pretty wonderful names! Funny, I've looked at the shapes on our chart and the two islands don't remotely resemble pigs!


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