I love trees with bare branches. Beaches in winter. Fishing villages off season.
Bass Harbor is one such village. Located on the southwestern portion of Mount Desert Island, it’s one of the most lucrative lobster-producing ports in Maine. I was there in late October and the streets were empty.
That’s not the case in the summertime when cars loaded with kayaks and trucks ready to load lobsters line up for the ferry to Swan’s Island. Boat builders head to work at Morris Yachts. Vacationers swing into the driveways of harborside condos, including the local success story for Maine Preservation, Underwood Wharf (below left), once the largest sardine cannery in Maine.
But in October it’s even still across the harbor in Bernard, home of my favorite lobster pound, Thurston’s
Although seafood purveyor C. H. Rich is open year-round, the wharf is quiet.
The buoys are off duty.
Skiffs and traps are taking a break.