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Icebergs and Adirondack chairs

04/07/2015
Icebergs and Adirondack chairs. Winterport, ME

Icebergs and Adirondack chairs. Winterport, ME

Icebergs big enough to sink the Titanic float down the Penobscot River like a funeral procession for an unpopular politician.

Yes, the winter of 2014-15 rode in on a wave of excitement, lots of snow and reasonable temperatures made for good seasonal fun. But Old Man Winter took things too far and over stayed his welcome. Now the people just want the ice and cold to go away. “We can’t bury it fast enough,” they say.

I had to turn the truck around and find a place to park off the highway to get this photo just north of Winterport, ME yesterday. I trespassed a little as I walked across an open, snow-encrusted field for this bluff view. It was worth the risk.

I photographed the dying days of winter slowly moving out to sea. But is it really moving?  The huge icebergs in this picture are not adrift. They are grounded by low tide, waiting for the frigid water to rise again and pull them further away from March. Nothing moves fast in Maine.

But it does move.

The picture also shows an anticipation of spring. A naked tree waits for delivery of a new green jacket. Colorful Adirondack chairs overlook the river. A river that is now more water than ice.

Winter 2014-15 is dead. Just don’t launch your canoe yet.

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