Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Harborview Park, December 2, 2011 (Beachcombing series No.56)

Harborview Park, Bar Harbor, Maine; December 2, 2011 (Beachcombing series No.56)
The Bar Harbor Harbormaster's office sits on a small wooden dock next to the Town Pier. It's a little tricky to get down there, and you have to watch the tides carefully to make sure you can get back, but not a lot of people bother, so there's a lot to see. (The Town Pier itself is built of enormous stone blocks, so you can't beachcomb under it.) There's a restaurant on the pier next to it, and it always shocks me a little to find so much restaurant trash down on the shore. Usually it's generic trash; lobster claw bands, bottle tops, plastic lobster forks, and so forth, but down here I find broken pint glasses with that particular restaurant's logo printed on them and other identifiable refuse. Makes me want to bundle it all up and bring it back to them! I think the oyster shell in the photo is also restaurant trash.

On the brighter side, the round bottle bottom (middle row) was a popular form in the late 1800s, so that's been in the water for a long time, even though it was broken pretty recently (very sharp edges). There's also an old Coke bottle (2nd row from the right) and a pair of binoculars (bet there was some swearing when those got dropped in the sea!)


  1. fantastic collection! happy new year, jenn!

  2. I'm so jealous of the beaches on your side of the country- such fantastic stuff you find! Makes me want to go on vacation to Maine just so I can go beachcombing :)

    Happy New Year!

  3. Hi guys, Happy New Year to you, too! And Jen, if you come to Maine, I'll take you beachcombing for sure! (But I'll bet you could find cool stuff on the shores near you, too, you just have to find someplace seriously industrial or touristy. For example, I'd love to poke around under the Santa Monica Pier... or in New York City (there's this place called Dead Horse Bay...) Sadly, the best beachcombing is usually not on the pretty beaches!

  4. Jenn I discovered your blog through a link at DPS and I am stunned by your beachcombing series. They are truly beautiful. I love the way you arrange your finds !
    But I'd really like to know : How do you take your photos so that there are no shadows on the white background? If you would care to reply to me, either on my blog or on yours, I'd be delighted.

    I'll put myself as one of your followers so I can keep track of what you do.

    1. Hi Nathalie, Thank you, you're very kind!

      There's a post here: that shows my set-up for these photos - basically a really big home-made lightbox. There's a link in that post to a video which shows a way to do this using off-camera flash. Also interesting!

      Thanks for visiting, and I hope that helps with your own work!