Boothbay Harbor is a beautiful and very picturesque little harbor on the coast of Maine. It sits on the edge of Boothbay Peninsula that juts out into the Gulf of Maine. We visited on a clear September monrning when the sky was so blue that it cast a blue tint to everything around it. It was a great area to take photographs and I stood at various spots along the harbor and took in all the sights. The scene below is Boothbay Inn as seen from across the harbor.
If I turned a bit right of the Inn I captured this white church on the edge of the harbor. There were lots of boats big and small
I love to photograph lighthouses and the Boothbay Harbor area gave me the opportunity to photograph several. They were all offshore on islands so getting good photographs required a longer lens. The closest to shore was Cuckolds lighthouse. We drove past Boothbay Harbor a few miles to South Point Island and I was able to capture this historic lighthouse. This lighthouses started as a signal house in 1892 and then in 1907 a light tower was added atop the signal house. This lighthouse was automated in 1975. This lighthouse and grounds has been recently restored and is now open for overnight stays, weddings, lobster bakes and other events. I took the following photos from a dock off South Point island.
Other Lights Seen from Harbor
The other lighthouses that are offshore of Boothbay Harbor are hard to see with the naked eye. I was told one was 10 miles offshore and the other 15 miles and I could only capture them if I took a boat. None of the boat tours were running at the time we were there so I got some use out of my new 600mm lens. The first photo below is Burnt Island Lighthouse, you see it on the island on the right hand side of the photo. I believe the second photo to be Monhegan Island light. It is the one I was told was 15 miles away so it is very small in my photo. I find it fascinating to read about and photograph all of these lighthouses. The coast of Maine and the island around it are dotted with many lighthouses. Many of the lighthouses are now longer in service, however the Coast Guard still keeps watch over 56 of Maine's historic lighthouses.