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

New Roaster

photo, text, and coffee by Dan Dishner

I can almost see myself roasting on my new roaster. Feel like a kid at Christmas.

Good Morning, it’s Friday! At least it better be. I was in hopes that I would be roasting on my new roaster tomorrow but that’s not gonna happen. The roasted coffee shelves are almost empty. We only roast enough coffee to last a couple of weeks, small batches means fresh coffee. African Night Train is leading the charge today. Be safe and enjoy the day. — Dan

African Night Train is a classically good cup of coffee. A full bodied dark roast with a sprinkling of light roast added to the mix. A roast that is light in acidity and has hints of fruit, chocolate, and caramel. This roast is lovely with breakfast, dessert, and all points in between.

Black Is Made By Mixing All The Colors

paintings for sale by Jessica Ives

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What’s better than Black Friday? A week of color!

Starting today and running through Wednesday the 26th, all paintings on my online store are available for half price. It’s my Thanks-For-Everything sale. I’m pretty darn grateful for all the folks who support me and allow me to pursue my passion of putting “color spots in right relationship,” as Charles Hawthorne once described painting.

Over 60 paintings are available, including many of the 4″ x 4″ paintings featured here on The Maine in the Tuesday 207 auctions.

On Thanksgiving day, the day after my sale ends, any customer who purchased a painting during the preceding week will be entered in a drawing to receive an extra dose of thanks: a 4″ x 4″ painting of their choice at no cost will ship or be delivered with the rest of their order.

What’s your favorite color? Click on over to and find out!

A Postcard Home

postcards designed and sent by Margaret Rizzio

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No Shrimp And Cod Fishing In Maine This Year

reposted from Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors

photo courtesy of The Penobscott Marine Museum

Large areas of the Gulf of Maine will be closed to cod fishing, federal regulators announced last week. The closures, now in effect, are in response to continuing declines in the cod fish population.

The closure adds salt to an already sore wound. Last week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s northern shrimp section decided to cancel the 2015 fishing season for Gulf of Maine shrimp. This make the second year shrimp fishing in the Gulf of Maine has been called off. The 2014 spring shrimp survey showed the shrimp population for this year is at its lowest level in 31 years, worse than last year, according to the committee. The report blames rising ocean temperatures for the decline.

Meanwhile, fishing for other species with groundfish gear also will be banned in the cod closure area covering the western Gulf of Maine, according to local news reports.

John Bullard, Northeast regional fisheries administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told the Bangor Daily News that the cod population is in a “free fall” and that the number of cod “is only 3% to 4% of levels deemed sustainable for the stock.”

“We believe protecting these remaining aggregations of fish provide our best chance to prevent a cod stock collapse and a complete fishery closure,” Bullard said. “We want to avoid the situation that Canada found itself in when its cod stock [on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland] collapsed in the 1990s.”

Caption: The photo above from the collection of the Penobscot Marine Marine Museum shows fishing back in the day when cod were plentiful. 


photographs by Jonathan Ives

Monhegan Skiff

Wooden Ball

John's Bay Boat


On Being A Photographer

photograph and text by John Ames


The photographer’s wife upon seeing an unauthorized camera at the breakfast table…again.

Beachcombing series No.82

text and photographs by Jennifer Steen Booher

East Side of the Bar, Bar Harbor, Maine; October 28, 2014 (Beach

Razor Clam (Ensis directus), lobster-claw band, Soft-shell Clam (Mya arenaria), beach stones, sea brick with Northern Rock barnacles (Semibalanus balanoides), Dog Whelk (Nucella lapillus), plastic chain, Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis), Green Crab (Carcinus maenas), sea coal, Common Slipper Shell (Crepidula fornicata), brick, sea glass, periwinkle encrusted with Coralline ( Littorina sp. and Corallina sp.), Waved Whelk (Buccinum undatum), maple seed (Acer sp.), feather, Tortoise-shell Limpet (Testudinalia testudinalis), lobster-claw band, plastic button, Rockweed (Fucus distichus), ceramic fragment with barnacle, aluminum soda can top, Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus), Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus drobachiensis), Common Periwinkle (Littorina littorea), Rough Periwinkle (LIttorina saxatilis), shoelace

Late October is unpredictable weather around here. It can be surprisingly warm, and it can turn bitterly cold in minutes. The 28th was overcast, a bit chilly (46ºF) but calm. It always feels warmer without wind! I walked down to the Bar, which is about ten minutes from my house. The Bar is a spit of land that connects Bar Harbor to Bar Island at low tide. You’ve probably already guessed it gave the town and the island their names… I love walking out there because you really feel like you are walking on the bottom of the sea. It’s possible to drive across, although it’s kind of pointless since you can’t drive on the island (no roads) but people do it anyway, and every summer some poor tourist doesn’t understand the concept of tides and their car has to be towed out of the ocean. Those two cars in the photo below would be submerged up to the door handles if they weren’t moved before the tide came in. (But they were, don’t worry.)

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I found another Lion’s Mane jellyfish just off to the right of those cars, and this time I was able to get a decent photo (still with the iPhone, sorry.) Isn’t that color amazing? Like raspberry jam or a Victorian aspic. And yes, apparently the dead tentacles can still give you a nasty sting, so I didn’t touch the ground around it even though I couldn’t see any sign of tentacles. I figure they get 20 feet long, so they could have been anywhere!

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 I show you my own feet here for scale:

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One more shot, because that clear frill is so damn pretty!

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I hadn’t been down to the Bar in a long time, and was pleasantly surprised to see eelgrass making a comeback here.

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Playing with that wide-angle lens, kind of an interesting effect:

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And some snippets of cool things on the beach:

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©Jennifer Steen Booher

A Postcard Home

postcards designed and sent by Margaret Rizzio

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