Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dawn Sky

This is an image looking off over Casco Bay from the Eastern Promenade, just after 7 AM amid blowing snow. It certainly is one of my favorite spots in the city. When you had four kids, this became a night out for the family. Mom and Dad piled us in the station wagon, and we were off to either the Village or Sportsman's Grill for dinner. After the meal, we often headed to the Prom to watch the comings and goings of tankers, tugs and pleasure boats. Once settled Dad sat back and regaled us with stories, half truths and even a few lies thrown in for good measure. Knowing my Dad and his stories, I'm sure the 'lies' were added for important teaching points to us youngsters seated in the rear. If we were lucky, a big ship was docked at the Maine State Pier, or we caught a steam locomotive dragging cars from Montreal into the Grand Trunk station. 
All in all, a night on the town for the family of 6 was always quite an adventure.

17 comments:

  1. The bench looks like a great spot to dream or reminisce.

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  2. What a wonderful photo.
    Did you have a camera as a boy?

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  3. Oh, that photo looks so frigid to me! But, your story reminded me of my family outings all those years ago growing up in Illinois. We used to head to the lock and damn after dinner out and watch the barges unlash and re-lash so they could head on down the Mississippi. I'm sure there were lots of "dad" style stories that went with it too.

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  4. You may have warm memories of this spot, but your photo just radiates cold. You will have to wait until warmer weather to spend time on this bench watching the boats.

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  5. By far my favorite images of yours. I would enlarge that one and frame it. Bravo Birdman.

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  6. Wonderful! >Do you allow me to publish this pic on my blog of benches with a link to your blog , of course, or at least to publish only the link?..
    (Here' s the address if you want to see the blog before :
    http://benchesonmyway.blogspot.com/)
    Snow + bench = Spot to dream about !!

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  7. You have such wonderful memories that you share with us!

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  8. So when are you going to put all these stories together in a book with photos...titled something like "My Main Life in Maine."

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  9. Wait. Blowing snow? Can't see it. Want to see it.

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  10. I hope you come back in the other seasons to show this scene with different looks. Pretty.

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  11. That is one fine photograph. Looks like Portland is sinking under the weight of the snow.

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  12. Perfect soft scene for memory . . .

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  13. And I meant to add: what a great image!

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