Photography Trip Report of Nova Scotia and the Maine Coast

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Going out to Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia made it’s way onto my bucket list a few years ago. I also had some unfinished business on the Maine coast.

I began the trip with a drive to Nova Scotia from the Bangor, Maine airport. Arriving the afternoon in Bangor, it was going to be a two day drive to Peggy’s Cove. I got through Canadian customs without any issues, COVID or otherwise on the second day and made it to Halifax ready for my two days of shooting at Peggy’s Cove.

I knew I would probably not have a chance to make it back, so I was really hoping for good conditions and great skies. Mother Nature was really nice to me for both sunrise and sunset. The wind was calm and I was able to capture some great reflections. The Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is one of the most picturesque lighthouse settings I have had the pleasure to photograph.

"Peggy's Cove Sunrise" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of sunrise on the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove. Click on Photo to Purchase
"Last Second Light" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of an amazing sunset at Peggy's Cove. Click on Photo to Purchase
"Lighthouse on Fire" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of a sunset reflection at Peggy's Cove. Click on Photo to Purchase

I also wanted to capture some of the feel of the Nova Scotia coast and Peggy’s Cove. The colorful boats in the harbor, the fishing boat at anchor and other sights in Peggy’s Cove were a pleasure to photograph. Of course, dinner overlooking the cove was pretty nice too.

"Colors of Peggy's Cove" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of the boats in Peggy's Cove. Click on Photo to Purchase
"Character" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of a fishing boat reflecting in Peggy's Cove. Click on Photo to Purchase
"Hunger and Thirst" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of a colorful lifeboat in Peggy's Cove. Click on Photo to Purchase

I left Nova Scotia thrilled with what I had accomplished. I was off to York, Maine to photograph the Nubble lighthouse. I had been there once before but only had time for one sunrise attempt and the conditions were poor so no photograph. This time I gave myself time for two sunsets and two sunrises. Once again, Mother Nature favored me with a sun setting behind me with it’s orange light all the way down to the horizon lighting up the lighthouse and clouds in front of me perfectly.

"Nubble Sunset" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of sunset on the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine. Click on Photo to Purchase

My next stop was back north to Acadia National Park, but not without a sunrise at the Portland Head Lighthouse. I had photographed it on a previous trip from the south side at sunset. This time the goal was to shoot it from the north side at sunrise. Once again, conditions were perfect and I captured the photograph I was hoping for.

"Portland Head Sunrise" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of sunrise at the Portland Head Lighthouse. Click on Photo to Purchase

Acadia National Park is one of those places that seems to always have something for me that I had not photographed before. On this trip, I wanted to capture the lush greens of summer. The white Aspen trunks contrasting with the forest greens were impossible to resist. The myriad of old carriage roads in the park are simply enchanting.

"Summer Walk" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of a walkway through summer Aspen trees. Click on Photo to Purchase
"Through The Pines" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of a carriage road in Acadia National Parkx. Click on Photo to Purchase

Being on the Maine coast, Acadia National Park is also a great place to photograph marine scenes. Bar Harbor has a wonderful refuge for boats and many are anchored there. I’ve always wanted to photograph a schooner at anchor. Schooners are two masted sailboats with the taller mast in the rear. They are very rare. I couldn’t believe my luck one morning when I went to the harbor to see one there all by itself.

"Bar Harbor" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of a schooner moored in Bar Harbor. Click on Photo to Purchase

Southwest Harbor is one of those harbors that I had tried to photograph on previous trips, but the skies and conditions were never good enough. Finally, at the end of this trip, Mother Nature relented and gave me a good sky.

"Southwest Harbor" - A Limited Edition print of 100 of sunset over Southwest Harbor. Click on Photo to Purchase

The trip involved some detailed planning due to the many locations, but it all came together. The flight home from Bangor, Maine was an enjoyable one.

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