Down East 2013 ©
Lobster traps are everywhere on this peninsula. Of course, so is saltwater. The community in which this cove lies claims to have the most miles of seacoast of any township in the nation. On the map, the municipality here looks ready to sink into the sea, so much blue swirls around it. That’s because so many bridges — one of them architecturally unique and very famous — were built here to try and tether a whole archipelago of islands to the mainland. The town office governs more than a half dozen of these individual harbors and hamlets. This is but one, floating in a well-known bay, known for having more islands than any other comparable water body in the country. (Again with the superlatives.) As the photograph suggests, it really is a pearl of a place, with a rich history of authors who stir up wars, freed-slave settlers, and surrounding islands haunted by ghosts and pirates. In the 1880s, a Portland steamer started hauling tourists here — and they never really left. (Well, they go home when it gets cold, but they keep coming back.) With views like this and 217 miles of shoreline, who can blame them? Have you ever been to this isle? Send us a comment below, drop us a note at PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843, or whip us an e-mail  at email@example.com  if you can identify this winter scene.