Portland, Maine, USA harbor photo walk

A scene reminiscent of a Japanese rock garden (or

A scene reminiscent of a Japanese rock garden (or “Zen garden”), overlooking the harbor in Portland, Maine, USA

The day after the torrential rains on the New England coast, we left the ship early to accompany fine art photographer and teacher Steve Johnson on a walk around the Portland, Maine, commercial harbor, overlooking Casco Bay and, further out, the Atlantic Ocean.  We were fortunate to have Steve sailing with us for a week, lecturing, leading photo walks, and providing time for private meetings for photography critiques or instruction.  [See http://www.SJPhoto.com for an introduction to his spectacular photographs; Steve’s web site includes a link to his educational, highly illustrated monthly newsletter and a link for subscribing (free).]

Portland Harbor looking towards Casco Bay, Portland, Maine, USA

Portland Harbor looking towards Casco Bay, Portland, Maine, USA

Blessed with diffused, early morning light, we were able to capture images along the harbor and then in the light industrial area leading down to the water.

Old pier timbers in the Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

Old pier timbers in the Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

The first person in our small group to spot the wolves on the “pier” was quite surprised.  The taxidermied wolves, we later found out from a local bike rider, were part of a City of Portland, Maine, art program which led to outdoor art installations.

City of Portland sponsored art installation at the harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

City of Portland sponsored art installation at the harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

The narrow gauge railroad running along the waterfront (now part of the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum) provided a lot of interesting scenes for us to work with.

Old narrow gauge railroad cars near the harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

Old narrow gauge railroad cars near the harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

Of course the old, rotting pier timbers were interesting in their forms…

Vertical old pier timbers in the Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

Vertical old pier timbers in the Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

Old narrow gauge railroad track near the harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

Old narrow gauge railroad track near the harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

As we were leaving the area for downtown, we came across a giant puddle from the previous day’s rains; the reflection would make a great jig saw puzzle for my wife.

Rain puddle reflection of weathered building signs near the harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

Rain puddle reflection of weathered building signs near the harbor, Portland, Maine, USA

 

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