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August 20, 2012

Mainely, the details

Back before I left for my vacation, I did a post about remembering to enjoy the details.  I noticed when I went through my vacation photos, that those are what I’d most like to share with you.  This was our 6th year returning to Hills Beach in Maine as a family (I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve been there when I was the child rather than the parent of the family), and our 3rd year renting the same cottage.  Perhaps because of this, my photo total from the week is fewer than normal.  I didn’t feel the need to take a lot of the same scenery photos that I’ve taken many times over.  I would’ve liked more pictures featuring my family, but as anyone who is the parent of teenagers will tell you, that’s not always the easiest thing to accomplish!

So without further ado, here are some of my favorite details that caught my eye this year.

Morning sparkle on the water

rosa ragusa
Yellow beetle in a rosa rugosa

Dandelion-like weeds appearing to grow from rocks

Cottages reflecting on Biddeford Pool

toile shadow
The shadow of the lacey toile curtains in the dining area of our cottage

spotted from the porch
The glimpse of a rainbow, spotted from the porch when I looked up from my book…

beach rainbow

beach rainbow
…of which I of course ran outside in the still sprinkling rain to get a better shot!

afternoon warmth
The warmth of the sun reflected in the colors of the beach

happy feet
My toes in one of their favorite places on earth

Graffiti is something I would normally never photograph, but in this case I felt like the graffiti was giving me a message or a reminder:
interesting graffiti
I’m fairly sure this message was not even written by just one person, but when I first glimpsed it I read: “Life is a Gift”. “Life” is clear in black at the front then around the side in green, the lower letters looked like “a gift”. That’s probably not what was meant by those who scribbled the graffiti, but sometimes those reminders find us anyway.

P.S. I did take an awful lot of photos of the shorebirds that I encountered this year! I’m still comparing my photos to photos on my bird identification site trying to figure out the pipers from the plovers and the terns from the little gulls. When I get them as sorted as I feel that I can, there will be a post and update for the birding project.


  1. Beautiful photos! They make me wish I was on a beach somewhere ♥
    Btw. that yellow beetle is a spotted cucumber beetle. Photographed these myself a few times 🙂 Of course the kids just call them yellow ladybugs LOL

    Comment by TheDailyClick — August 20, 2012 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. They do look like yellow lady bugs. I’ve seen cucumber beetles in my garden before, but they were the striped variety.

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2012 @ 8:18 am | Reply

  2. Great pics! The details always tell a better story and will bring you back to that trip quicker than the postcard pics.

    Comment by rocket2722 — August 20, 2012 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much, and thanks for stopping by and commenting Rocket!

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2012 @ 8:19 am | Reply

  3. Lovely photos, especially the shadow of the curtain. You must have had a great trip.

    Comment by Karen — August 20, 2012 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Karen. We did have a nice trip – Maine is always so hard to leave.

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2012 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  4. Very nice, Karma. Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. Vacation is a time when we can sometimes relax enough to truly see the little details–and to be more in the present moment. 🙂 I like the cottages reflected in the pool, and of course Karen-toes. And the graffiti. Sacred reminder.

    Comment by Kathy — August 20, 2012 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Kathy. I did think of you when I saw “Life is a gift” and thought that was a photo that you would appreciate!

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2012 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  5. The green writing almost looks like “Angel is a gift” … love the view out your cottage window …

    Comment by sybil — August 20, 2012 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil. Yes, the green did look like it was talking about someone called Angel, but I chose to interpret it my own way. 🙂

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2012 @ 8:22 am | Reply

  6. Karen…these pictures are so beautiful. Its hard for me to decide which I like best! I do love the lacey curtains on the chair..just lovely!

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — August 20, 2012 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Mom. I thought of you when I took the picture of the curtain’s shadow. It reminded me of how you love toile.

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2012 @ 8:22 am | Reply

  7. Oh, your happy place! 🙂 And Maine appears to love you too since it graced you with lovely weather and a rainbow!

    Today, my niece is heading back to school in Biddeford. She is very excited since this year (her Senior) she is livng off campus in a house near Biddeford Pool (if I recall correctly). Wouldn’t it be funny if she was staying in the same house you rented?? She really loves it up there and from your photos, I can see why. Glad you had a relaxing vacation!

    Comment by milkayphoto — August 21, 2012 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tracy. It is most definitely my happy place. The owners our cottage do rent it out to college students – we stay on Hills Beach Road. There are lots of rentals on Hills Beach Road. I would bet she is staying somewhere on that street.

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2012 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

      • I think you are right as that road sounds familiar! Small world!! 🙂

        Comment by milkayphoto — August 21, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  8. We spent a few days on the Maine coast when we made our trip to New England a few years ago. I loved it, and would be thrilled if I could go back for longer. Your photos, the details you are sharing, are wonderful!

    Comment by Carol — August 21, 2012 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

    • Maine is a memorable place. Some of my happiest childhood memories are in Maine. Thanks Carol.

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2012 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  9. Thank you so much, Karma. I feel as if I just went on a mini vacation. Wonderful, beautiful post. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — August 21, 2012 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin – I’m glad you enjoyed the trip!

      Comment by Karma — August 22, 2012 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  10. What lovely details you shared with us, Karma ! All are interesting in their own way, I particularly enjoyed the morning sparkle (a beauty !), the persistence of those weeds on a rock, the rainbow and the curtain shadow, much to see in there. Thank you.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — August 22, 2012 @ 8:47 am | Reply

    • Merci, Isa! Je suis heureux que vous avez apprécié ces détails de mes vacances.

      Comment by Karma — August 22, 2012 @ 9:20 am | Reply

  11. These are gorgeous!! And I love how you’ve framed each photograph. You have a great eye for composition 🙂

    Comment by Polly Hoyt Nance — August 22, 2012 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Polly! How kind of you to say!

      Comment by Karma — August 23, 2012 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  12. Maine is on my Bucket List to visit. Almost got there this year. I always enjoy your views your special place on the Maine shore. The lace shadow is my favorite. My Grandmother had those in her windows. A lost art I am afraid.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — August 24, 2012 @ 9:51 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Scott. That photo of the shadow was one of those happy accidents – I just happened to spy it as I was getting ready to go out for a walk, camera in hand.

      Comment by Karma — August 24, 2012 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

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