Maine Photography Meetup: Scarborough Beach and Cliffs

Today was another Maine Photography Meetup (or at Facebook). Like the last one I attended, the conditions were ideal: the temperatures climbed into the 60 °F range. Remember, it’s November in Maine!

As is usual, the girls and I got to spend time with old friends and make some new ones. We hiked down Scarborough Beach and then along the cliffs of Prout’s Neck Bird Sanctuary. And back.

After our long hike we enjoyed brunch at The Good Table in Cape Elizabeth. It was incredible. My $6 mug of hot apple cider with rum was worth every penny! Hayley’s $2.25 bottle of “real” maple syrup…not so much.

Dune grass preservation at Scarborough Beach, Maine
Dune grass preservation at Scarborough Beach, Maine

Do you see random, designless chaos here? It does lack a designer, indeed, but it is anything but random. The patterns are uniform, predictable and created by ordinary geologic processes. Fascinating. Moving. I should have been a scientist.

Random chaos, design or natural order?
Random chaos, design or natural order?

So, how old is Earth, anyways? Some think the earth can be measured in the few thousands of years. Those people are kooks. Haven’t they ever seen a rock, I wonder.

The sedimentation/compaction processes that form these types of shale are fascinating!

Earth: old or young?
Earth: old or young?
Photo: Bob Delaney
Photo: Bob Delaney

See the above photo on Bob’s Flickr photostream.

Gwyn is a super cool guy. He has this neat little camera to which he’s affixed an ordinary Pringles can. This setup allows him to capture photos he takes with his D-SLR “through the viewfinder” of the other camera. Cool, eh?!

Gwyn had a super-awesome camera setup
Gwyn had a super-awesome camera setup
Walking back...
Walking back...
It was nice to see Skye taking her own photographs
It was nice to see Skye taking her own photographs
Hayley points out an interesting phenomenon for me to photograph
Hayley points out an interesting phenomenon for me to photograph
Next time it will be sharp!
Next time it will be sharp!
Skye composes with a Pringles can
Skye composes with a Pringles can
At $2.25 I hope she enjoyed the syrup
At $2.25 I hope she enjoyed the syrup

4 Comment

  1. You sure seem like a scientist to me. Maybe you mean a paid scientist? Would that take the fun out of it, I wonder? Looks like you all had a fabulous day. I have Good Table envy, as well as cider with rum envy. Ah, but I had a very nice brunch with my BF and all is well. Looks like Lizzie had a good time with the girls.

    1. My girls, especially Hayley, absolutely fell in love with “Lizzie”. In fact, Hayley wrote in the sand, “I <3 Lisy”.

      Wow, that cider with rum was so good, I could have gone on and on and on…even at $6/cup. Wow!

      Paid or not, I would love to be able to focus all my attentions on learning and discovering and teaching. It’s what moves me.

      I look forward to seeing you at the next meetup, Beth!!

  2. Once again, I’m sorry I missed out. It’s too bad I have to work every single weekend. I’m glad you get such good photographs of the moments, though Brent. That rock formation is fascinating stuff. Science is ALWAYS fascinating!

  3. Great post and accompanying pics :)

    Very glad you and the girls could make it today- it was a lovely crowd. Also thanks for the compliments above- I’ll be subscribing to yer feed forthwith

    -cheers!

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