How would you capture Maine in Five Photos?

A recent request to provide 5 photos that represent Maine, for, characterized as “the young person’s travel website,” was a real challenge. How would you capture Maine in five photos?

According to Leah Prendergast, who made the request, her project “is a crowd sourced visual which will include bringing together 50 bloggers from all 50 states to build a collage of photographs. The collage will be the map of the United States and each photo will cover the space of the state.”

Leah hopes to create a video to go along with the map, including all of the photographs sent to her from bloggers in the 50 states. She also expects to produce a CD that is delivered to hostels and hotels across the United States.

Apparently Leah found me through my website,, where she noticed the Travelin Maine(rs) column – a weekly travel column I produce with my wife Linda.

After giving this some thought, and looking through my photos, here are the photos I sent to Leah. 

The AMC Gorman-Chairback Camps in the 100 Mile Wilderness, near the Appalachian Trail. You ski or hike in to the camps.

My friend Gary Corson, a long-time Maine guide, holding a brook trout. Maine has 97 percent of the nation’s remaining wild and native brook trout.

Passamaquoddy Bay in Lubec, with the highest tides on the East Coast, remote beaches, and awesome ocean kayaking and whale watching.

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the eastern most point in the United States. Great birding, hiking, camping right on the ocean cliffs.

Mount Katahdin from Twin Pine Camps deep in the North Woods.

I did not send a photo of a moose or lobster, although I know those are the two icons of Maine’s tourism industry.

What five photos would you have sent to represent our state?



George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In the spring of 2016, Islandport Press will publish a Maine travel book by George and Linda, and Down East Books will publish a book about Maine sporting camps by George. In 2014 George won an award for the state's best sports blog, from the Maine Press Association.