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August 19, 2013

A Piece of my Heart

Filed under: Travel — Karma @ 9:35 am
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My heart in Maine

Each year when I return home from our vacation in Maine, I feel as though I’ve left a little piece of my heart behind.

After this year’s long and unusually traffic-filled ride, I took that much more pleasure in filling my lungs with the salty air and letting my soul settle in to the place where it feels so at home.
breath deep and relax

The colors of the evening never failed to disappoint…
sunset at Hills beach

stunning color fading light

And the morning light sparkled on the water like diamonds.
water sparkle 1

water sparkle 2

Although Maine is far from the tropics, when I put my head on the pillow at night I’d see this pine tree out the bedroom window that for some reason made me think of tropical breezes and palm trees lulling me to sleep.
"tropical" Maine

To avoid overloading you with photos in one post, I will continue with another post this week showing some of my Maine “discoveries”.


  1. Lovely photos of your time in Maine…I’m happy to know you enjoyed your visit. I’m so glad that we get to spend our summers in Maine because it is so nice. 🙂

    Comment by Karen — August 19, 2013 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Karen. That is my wish, someday, to spend my whole summer in Maine.

      Comment by Karma — August 20, 2013 @ 8:00 am | Reply

  2. It looks so soothing, so relaxing. My heart and soul are longing for some coast time.

    Comment by Carol — August 19, 2013 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Carol. I hope you are able to find a little time for a coast visit some time soon.

      Comment by Karma — August 20, 2013 @ 8:00 am | Reply

  3. I look forward to more of your images of Maine. It has been about 4 years since my last trip there. Was it all relaxing or did you get in a little exploring too?

    Comment by Mike Christoferson — August 19, 2013 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

    • Well, I was exploring if you count my walks each morning – I know this area pretty darn well, so I don’t know if that counts! We didn’t really go out to any new places; most days were spent relaxing on the beach.

      Comment by Karma — August 20, 2013 @ 8:07 am | Reply

      • Nothing wrong with beach time! I get mesmerized by the waves…

        Comment by Mike Christoferson — August 20, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  4. These photos of Maine are just beautiful! I can see why you leave a piece of your heart behind, but it is more than just the visual, isn’t it, it’s a feeling that you simply belong there. That’s how I feel when I visit the Blue Mountains. I’m looking forward to seeing your “discoveries” post. Maine is in the area called New England, isn’t it?

    Comment by Joanne — August 19, 2013 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Joanne. Yes, it is more than the visual. It is the way my whole body relaxes and my cares in the world, at least temporarily, disappear. Yes, Maine is part of New England, as the state that I live in, Massachusetts, is. New England is made up of 6 of the 50 United States: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

      Comment by Karma — August 20, 2013 @ 8:10 am | Reply

  5. These pictures are so beautiful and familiar. I remember those long walks down the breakwater and early morning tea on the porch taking it all in.

    Comment by trish49 — August 20, 2013 @ 6:58 am | Reply

  6. I feel the same about Maine. It is indeed a special place. It took us 4 hours instead of 3 to arrive on the first Saturday, then we left after a week on the following Sunday and it was bumper to bumper starting one mile north of the Maine toll booth. We detoured to Kittery and Bob’s Clam Hut then Kittery Trading Post before venturing out again. There was still a lot of traffic but at least it was moving. I think there are a lot of people that feel the same way as we do about Maine.

    Comment by Becky Sue — August 20, 2013 @ 8:18 am | Reply

    • You must be right, Becky. We had the worst travel day to Maine last Saturday that we’ve ever had. Traffic was backed up and slow on parts of 495 in Massachusetts, making for a very long trip. The following Saturday we got up early and hit the road to beat the traffic home and had a much better ride.

      Comment by Karma — August 20, 2013 @ 9:26 am | Reply

  7. I have had Maine on my radar for a few years now but events have conspired to keep me away. Your photos each year have me refocusing. Thank you for sharing a little bit of your heart with us.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — August 20, 2013 @ 8:49 am | Reply

    • It is definitely worth the trip. I have many dreams of visiting many more places, but my heart continues to pull me to Maine.
      Thanks Scott.

      Comment by Karma — August 20, 2013 @ 9:28 am | Reply

  8. Glad to hear we weren’t the only ones experiencing heavier than usual volumes of traffic. It took us 11 hours to get to Portland, on what should’ve been a 7 hour drive. Once there, the throngs of people and cars were disenheartening. It was like that right through New Hampshire, Burlington and then Lake George.
    But your photos are amazing, Karma. The first one is especially touching. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Tamara Eckstadt — August 20, 2013 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

    • It is too bad that you experienced such a difficult time for your vacation. It seems like I keep hearing about more people who went to Maine this year – maybe that’s why the traffic was so bad! We spent most of our time at our cottage at the private beach, so crowds were not an issue for us. We made one visit into Dock Square in Kennebunkport and even that didn’t seem too crowded.
      Thank you Tamara.

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2013 @ 8:03 am | Reply

  9. I think you are a water soul; happiest when you are near water. I understand that myself.

    Comment by dawnkinster — August 23, 2013 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

    • I think you are right. I know I could never live in a land-locked state. I need to be somewhere that I know the ocean is within easy reach. I live a little more than 2 hours away from access to ocean beaches – I’d never want to be farther away than that!

      Comment by Karma — August 24, 2013 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  10. Maine… quelle belle province ! Je comprends que tu l’aimes et que ton coeur s’y sente bien 🙂 J’aime les couleurs douces et profondes de ce bord de mer, si différent de chez moi.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — August 28, 2013 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

    • Oui, Maine est un endroit magnifique. Il sera pour toujours dans mon coeur. Merci Isa.

      Comment by Karma — August 30, 2013 @ 7:18 am | Reply

  11. It looks so beautiful there. I can understand why you’d feel as though you left a piece of your heart behind. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — September 13, 2013 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. My heart is in many places these days it seems!

      Comment by Karma — September 14, 2013 @ 7:59 am | Reply

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