Where in Maine?
No boat is required to reach this picturesque island, which is connected by a causeway to another island, which in turn is connected to the mainland, but its remote location in eastern Maine ensures that it is never overrun with tourists. Indeed, the building with the rooftop lobster is a rare example of human activity, as 90 percent of the island’s 1,700 acres are in a preserve. Here one finds Maine’s largest stand of jack pines, rare plants like beachhead iris and bird’s-eye primrose, and, in an unusual coastal raised bog, baked-apple berry and dragon’s mouth orchid. Bird life is equally diverse and includes nesting osprey and eagles as well as palm warblers, Lincoln sparrows, boreal chickadees, and spruce grouse. As for that painted lobster, it dates to the building’s days as a pound. Today the facility houses a research shellfish hatchery and marine laboratory.
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Photographed by Paul Rezendes