We have been witness to wonderful sunsets over the past 35 years of cruising. From Cocos Keeling in the Indian Ocean, to Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas, Prince William Sound in Alaska, to Greenland’s Disco Bay, we’ve been thrilled, chilled, and awe struck. But nothing compares to what we just experienced here in prosaic Smith Cove, in the state of Maine, USA.
When there are clouds, glass smooth water, and a clear western sky, you can expect the extraordinary. The further from the tropics this takes place, the longer the experience.
We were out in the dinghy, trying not to disturb the surface of the water, shooting primarily with the Canon 5D3 body and a 15/35mm zoom lens.
This series of photos was taken over an hour.
Smith Cove is adjacent to the village of Castine. It is noted for an early revolutionary war battle between the British and the revolutionary radicals, and for getting Paul Revere his start in the silver business; an interesting story for sure.
We are here to check Smith Cove as a hurricane anchorage, and to test the holding of the bottom.
Cruising while working is guaranteed to create frustration. There isn’t time to really get into a rhythm, to maintain the boat as might otherwise be the case, or to immerse yourself in new relationships. At some point each season we usually find ourselves examining the choices we have made in this regard. We occasionally discuss changing our life style. After all, we’ve spent the vast majority of our adulthood messing about, or you might say obsessed with boats. But then something like this sunset happens, an event we’d miss if we change our lifelong MO.
We’ll leave you with a few more pictures.