Thursday, October 13, 2016

Photographing Boothbay Harbor Maine

Boothbay Harbor Maine photo by mbgphoto

Review of Harbor Area

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.
Boothbay Harbor Maine photo by mbgphoto
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
Fishing Boats in Boothbay Harbor Maine photo by mbgphoto

Cuckolds Lighthouse

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.
Cuckolds Lighthouse photo by mbgphoto

Boothbay Harbor Maine photo by mbgphoto

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.
Burnt Island Lighthouse photo by mbgphoto

Monhegan Island light photo by mbgphoto

Zazzle Products from my Photographs

Here is the guidebook I used to find my way around Maine.

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  1. I doubt I'll ever get to Maine, so I really do appreciate your beautiful photography of the Boothbay Harbor area. What a gorgeous part of our country!

  2. What a beautiful place and such gorgeous pictures! I do love the blue cast. As always, the lighthouse photo is lovely, but this time I think my favorite is the church photo.

  3. I don't know if I'll ever get there either, but it sure looks beautiful and your pictures are amazing. I'll put it on my bucket list because you just never know....

  4. I do love your photographs and I share your fascination with lighthouses. I think Maine may very soon make it's way onto my bucket list as I've seen so many gorgeous photographs of the state.

  5. I last visited Maine some 47 years ago, so it was delightful to 'revisit' the gorgeous Maine coast through your lovely photographs.

  6. I would love to visit Maine, absolutely beautiful!

  7. Your photos of Maine make it look ethereal and beautiful! I would love to visit!

  8. I'd love to visit Maine someday, but it's the farthest place in the continental USA for me to go. I'm enjoying seeing it through your eyes.


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