Photo Credit: Kimberly Bailey-Shaw

Autumn at Katahdin Lake

[September 10, 2018]

In September, I stayed at Katahdin Lake with a couple of friends. Each day, we paddled the lake, sometimes through whitecaps, other times in flat calm, always beneath a canopy of magnificent clouds and overseen by Pamola lounging on Katahdin. Though there were others at the lean-tos, we saw no one else on the water. It felt extraordinary to have a big, wild Maine lake to ourselves. One day, we hiked to Martin Ponds where the leaves were just starting to turn seasonal reds and yellows. Another day, we hiked to Twin Ponds through an old-growth forest on state land that, sadly, is scheduled to be logged. A wonderful variety of birds kept us company, including eagles, loons, ducks, pipers, flickers, warblers, robins, gulls, a hawk, and a lone cormorant (a sign of climate change). While my companions keyed out plants using The Plants of Baxter State Park book, I photographed sunrises and sunsets and everything in between, though my effort to photo the Milky Way one dark night floundered. The fly fishing was slower than other times I have been there, but we caught and released several small trout and a mess of dace. Each morning there was evidence that a nocturnal bear had been digging behind our campsite the night before. Maybe it was looking for donuts. Jym St. Pierre, Brunswick, ME  (Image: Frederick Edwin Church, oil on canvas, 1924)