Sunday, October 4, 2009

What's in a Name?...The Local Color of Maine

The River Runs

Rustic Mystique

The General Store

At the Edge of the Wood

Late Bloomers

Old Workhorse

Kale With Pine Needle

Farm in Autumn

General Store

We drove the back roads yesterday, for an hour, at least. It was a beautiful, vibrant fall morning, which has given itself up today to a dark cloud cover and heavy rain.

Still faced with much work on our house and knowing the weather is changing, we needed the outing. With the aid of our new GPS, whom we have named "Jessie" for the Jessie's Mill Road she led us to, we felt free to wander without the burden of trying to read maps whose print is just too darned small for our old eyes to read!

We stumbled first on the tiny town of Bolster's Mills. I enjoyed the peace and quiet and the feeling of nostalgia it evokes. Were it not for our perception of the passing of time and the preciousness of fleeting Life, we could not experience nostalgia. But that's another story...

More than anything, I LOVED the general store, all set up with those rockers inviting one to sit awhile. Their presence only reinforced my perception of the fleetingness of our lives and our trappings on this Earth.

In the state of Maine, the appellations they come up with are as colorful as the autumn foliage or the sights along the road. From Puckerbrush to Cat-Moussem Road, to Menotomy Road and Hank's Hog Hill, one can only speculate as to what the inspiration was, for the names of these local byways. The local color here is fascinating.
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I've got lots of new photos and I can't wait to do it again. There are whole worlds out there, nestled in every hollow and at every turn of the (paved or unpaved) road...

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  1. These pictures are great. I can't pick a favorite. I think those rocking chairs on the General Store porch look inviting too. I've always loved rocking in a rocking chair. Thanks for sharing your adventures. Have a great night.

  2. Lovely photos, of course. If I ever go anywhere w/o a navigator, I know I'd better get a GPS. I get road-hypnotized WAY too easily!

  3. My compliments for the wonderful blog!Beautiful pictures....

  4. Thank you, thank you so much Lynda for this absolutely wonderful experience.

    My heart, my home will always belong to Maine!

    Love 'Late Bloomers'! the work is very good.

    Jackie XX'S

  5. Oooh, Lynda, I could smell the first woodsmoke of the fall in your photos...

  6. Hi Lynda,

    My God, such beautiful pictures! I loved the general store: it looks like one of those in the movies!

    I can't wait to see more pictures :D!

    Have a delightful week, my darling!


  7. wonderful photos Lynda..
    I love the black and white store ...a different era... and those names ...unbelievable :D
    your Jessie GPS will be invaluable!!! haha cute name....
    happy meanderings :))

  8. Lynda as always..fabulous pictures. I can only imagine that Autumn in New England must be a magical time.


  9. Excellent photos Lynda. Autumn is so beautiful there...

  10. WOW-great site-I really enjoyed the pictures !! Thanks for brightening my day! Francis

  11. I just love these country scenes photos.

  12. You have some great work here. Love your images. I'm a photographer myself and have to say: this is amazing!

  13. Hello, Lynda Lehmann.
    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    I feel transparence to your photograph very much.
    It is elegant.
    I look forward to.

  14. Oh Lynda I need those outings too. I go at least twice a day with Matthew, one to our local pond and then one around in the playground. It is so much fun to do that, fall is really beautiful, and now slow walking I enjoy it even more.

    Beautiful images as always you have shown us. Hope your project will finish soon. I just did some web design work and finally after two weeks the job is done, what a relief.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful post with us again. Anna :)


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