Friday April 25th 2014

23 warm-weather photos to remind us why we put up with Maine winters

By: Shannon Bryan

It’s freezing out. Your fingers have lost feeling, your lips have developed a permanent chap, and even the liquid around your eyes has begun to turn to ice. Sure, there’s pride in weathering a Maine winter. And the cold season does have its charms, even though its frigidity makes it hard to spoon up to at night.

Still it helps to remember the reasons we put up with this season. Thus we bring you 23 summer photos to warm your spirit and remind you: There is a summer at the end of the long, cold, ice-covered winter tunnel. (Viewing these photos now might also be torture, in which case, we apologize.)

Flipping off the Old Salmon Falls Bridge into the Saco River

Kat Franchino/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Studying trees

Derek Davis/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Riding the swings

Jill Brady/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Putting all your might into a tug of war

Derek Davis/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Swimming on wakeboards in the Stroudwater River

Carl D. Walsh/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Derek Davis/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Ice cream!

Doug Jones/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Soaring into the surf

Jill Brady/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Casting a line off the dock at the Falmouth Town Landing “just to see what’s out here.”

Jill Brady/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Jumping from the wharf into Cundy’s Harbor

Carl D. Walsh/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Paddleboard tours through Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth

Gabe Souza/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

An ice cream cone on the pier at Harraseeket Marina

Photo by John Ewing/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Pickin’ yer own blueberries at Libby & Son U-Picks orchards in Limerick

John Patriquin/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Hiking Bigelow Mountain

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

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Battling a finicky wind under a blue sky at Bug Light in South Portland

Jill Brady/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Taking a break in the park. With ice cream, of course

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Cycling along the Eastern Trail

Derek Davis/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

The final moments of a sunset

Derek Davis/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Goin’ crabbin’

Tim Greenway/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Sculpting sand

Tim Greenway/Press Herald Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Being mesmerized by the flames of a bonfire

Gregory Rec/Press Herald staff photographer

 

 

 

Paddling up the Kennebec River in Hallowell

Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal Staff Photographer

 

 

 

The sun over Portland Harbor

Kat Franchino/Press Herald Staff Photographer