Island Church

Today’s image is the community church on Monhegan Island in Maine.  Aside from the Island Inn, this may be the largest building on the island, which is a major contributing factor to the island’s charm.  As I’ve posted about before, Monhegan is a small island off the coast of Port Clyde, Maine, and is about as quaint and quintessential coastal Maine as you’re going to find.  Dirt roads, no cars, walk to everything.  This is life on Monhegan.  While I doubt I could live there year-round, I could certainly enjoy an extended vacation there in the summer.

Monhegan Panorama

Today’s post is a panorama of the village on Monhegan Island in Maine.  I’ve posted several images from my trip there in the fall, including this one of a small section of the village.  I had originally wanted to post this pano instead, but was having some difficulty getting it stitched together properly without some distortion.  After reading an article this weekend on panoramas, I took another crack at it and was able to remove most of the distortion that had kept this image stuck in my library.  It’s composed of 9 separate vertically-oriented shots, and looks much better when you click on it for a larger view.

Island HomeSometimes it’s nice to take a little break from my usual menu of lighthouses or seascapes or abandoned mills, and shoot something more simple.  This is nothing more than a little red house on Monhegan Island in Maine, but there was just something so quaint and inviting about it, that I had to take it’s picture.

Well, it was more like immediately before the storm.  The elapsed time from when I pressed the shutter to when the rain started coming down was unfortunately not equal to the time it took to find shelter from said rain.  Luckily there was a few minutes of light rain before the deluge came, and myself and my equipment were able to stay mostly dry.  I’ve found that some of the best images contain a sky that’s about to punish you for standing under it.

This is part of the extended building at the Monhegan Lighthouse which I previously posted about here and here.  I was originally there to shoot the lighthouse itself, but instead ended up taking far more images of the rest of the property.  There are just so many great lines and angles with the various roof lines and corners that I couldn’t help myself.

Before we get to today’s image, I want to say thanks for all the visits and comments the past several days.  I’ve been extremely busy with work recently, and haven’t had much time to stop by your sites and see your latest work.  I’m looking forward to catching up with all of you soon.

As I explored the wreck of the D. T. Sheridan, I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the little details that I could’ve spent time shooting.  Since I didn’t have too much time there, I tried to find the most compelling ones to focus on.  Now I’m not sure the exact purpose these things served on the boat when she was working, but they’ve chosen to be great photo subjects as their second career.  I experimented with processing this as an HDR, as these types of rusty subjects are typically made for HDR, but decided that I liked the look of the single exposure better.

Every so often I come across a scene that just begs for a little tilt-shift action.  This was one of those scenes.  What you see is the majority of the small village on Monhegan Island in Maine.  The rest of the island consists mostly of houses, a few inns and restaurants, and a post office and church.  The large building to the right side of the image is the Island Inn, which I believe is the largest inn on the island.  Behind it lies the harbor and Manana Island.  The building with the red trim and pink sign is a store/cafe called Carina, which had the best crabmeat panini I’ve ever had.  Carina is one of the only places that stays open during the winter when the island’s population drops to less than 50 hearty souls.  Not sure I could handle a winter there, but I can’t wait to get back next summer.

Today’s image is another look at Monhegan Light on Monhegan Island.  This image was taken from a different vantage point compared to my post the other day, and captures the light tower in addition to the various buildings and the dory.  As I mentioned previously, this is just a beautiful spot 178 feet above the ocean below.  As my writing skills are limited compared with my photography skills, I thought I’d share this excerpt from an 1886 book called, All Among the Lighthouses by Mary Bradford Crowninshield, who described the view from Monhegan Island Light as such:

“Way off there to the north spread out the woods and forests of Maine, miles and miles each way, as far as the eye could penetrate; and out there to the west , the south, the east, stretched that limitless blue expanse, heaving, rolling, sparkling, dotted with its flaky signs of enterprise and commerce, which dipped and bowed to the heaving sea, some close, some far away, others showing a dim outline on the distant streak which limits the boundary of our vision.”

Sometimes I wish people still talked this way.

Have a great weekend!