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