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In the Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park vicinity, there are 5 harbor villages within reasonable driving distance.  They are–some more than others–a photographer’s dream.  We visited Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, Bernard, and Stonington.  Our hands down favorites were Bernard and Stonington.  These are true working lobstering villages, and give wonderful photographic backdrops for a vital, traditional Maine industry!

While photographing in Stonington, I struck up a conversation with Dave, a lifetime lobsterman.  Dave tends over 800 lobster cages, handling upwards of 200 per day, spending his solitary days alone on the Atlantic in his lobster boat.  We had a nice conversation in which I learned a fair amount about the industry.

Dave’s parting comment to me was “eat lobster.”  Trust me.  We did!

Thanks for your time Dave, and your friendly Northeast demeanor.


2 Responses

  1. We visited many of the same lobster villages when we visited Acadia. We also like Bernard a lot and we at lobster that the little restaurant on the harbor. We picked out our lobsters and after a hot bath, they were served to us in little paper boats. Eating Lobster and photographing the area on a sunny day was as good as it gets. There's a house in Bernard with the outside covered with floats. I took some photos of it and if I'm not mistaken you did too. It could have been a different place, but I thought the one in Bernard was really special.When it Maine, it doesn't take any arm twisting to get me to eat Lobster. I read somewhere that lobster has not always been considered a delicacy. In fact the prisoners were fed lobster because nobody wanted to eat the equivalent of a buzzard that feeds on carrion.

  2. Al: I read the same thing about Lobster. Apparently in the early days, it came up in fishermen's nets and was thrown back as trash. Amazing that it costs $40 or more for a lobster dinner in some places!

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