The Maine
An artful dialogue about the wonders of the state.

The Rocks at Turtle Head

photographs by Jim Dugan

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I love rocks but tend to prefer the igneous: granites and basalts. I like their textures, their born-in-fire heritage, the way the glaciers left their plutons rounded as our islands and mountains.

Sedimentary rocks mostly have (for me) less appeal. Their birth as ancient muddy seabeds feels less dramatic than those born more directly and dramatically of fire.

But then I found Turtle Head at the northern tip of Islesboro. I had kayaked past once before but paddled out from Bayside on my birthday to explore.

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz believed in “equivalence”: a meaning that transcends what’s actually portrayed in the picture. Another, Minor White, expressed it as: “Yes, it’s a picture of a (fill in the blank; in this case rock) but what else is it a picture of?”

And it really is that what else that I’m trying to find.

The drama in rocks is sometimes very real, if far removed by time. The forces that formed this stuff include great heat, great pressure, and massive glaciers.

Sedimentary rock is the oldest we see around here, often 400 million years old, and it slid into position from thousands of miles away, clashing with North America and — under lots of pressure — metamorphosed, twisted, buckled, melted, froze, and ground to a halt into the forms we see today.

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Quarry & Queen Anne’s

photographs by Jane Kurko

Simonton Quarry, Rockport

Simonton Quarry, Rockport

 

At Hosmer Pond, Camden

At Hosmer Pond, Camden

Tuesday 207: Flashpoint & Forget

painting by Jessica Ives

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The noun of self becomes a verb.
This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge.

Stephen Nachmanovitch

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Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music —
the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls,
and interesting people. Forget yourself.

Henry Miller

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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine  and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on any 4×4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

Tuesday 207 Paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.

Ready

poem by Dave Morrison

Ready

I should not come to this day
empty-handed,

If a poem is a song I
will clear my throat,

If a poem is a painting I will try
to find a subject that
interests someone besides me,

If a poem is an inheritance then
I will sit in the lawyer’s waiting room,

If a poem is a fossil, then
I will fire up my backhoe,

If a poem is lightning I
have climbed to the roof with
a length of pipe,

If a poem is a beautiful woman I
have combed my hair and
put on a tie,

If a poem is rain I
have put out buckets and dishpans,

If a poem is a beautiful bird I
have strung fine net between the
trees,

If a poem is fire I
have kicked some crates into
kindling,

If a poem is death I
have given everything
away.

I may not know what it is, but
I am trying to be
ready.

from Sweet (JukeBooks 2006)

New Day, Fresh Start

inspiration via Happier Outside

New Day, Fresh Start

Hancock Pond, Part II

photographs via Tons Of Land

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Hancock Pond, Part I

photographs via Tons Of Land

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Tuesday 207: Watch Your Step

paintings by Jessica Ives

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Three dips are better than one.
The frigid waters of Frenchman’s Hole
renew the spirit again and again.

Three paintings are also better than one.
Sign up for my occasional newsletter here and receive an email with a special offer
to buy all three
Watch Your Step paintings for $500. 

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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine  and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on any 4×4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

Tuesday 207 Paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.

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