To “The Forks”
One of my bucket list items is to photograph a moose. This turns out to be an elusive endeavor, despite repeated attempts in three different states. This trip, I dedicated three days in the northwest of Maine, along the Canadian border, where moose are reported to “walk the streets”. Not so true. However, we did spend our time judiciously researching, conversing with locals, and driving all the back roads in the logging/wetland areas in the region, and to no end. It was however, not totally without fruit. My friend, Bob, saw a moose crossing a river at Grand Falls, but he only had his wide angle available at the time. The moose, being over 100 yds away, was not a good composition, but at least he saw a moose. We saw some magnificent color and found some cool waterfalls and other landscapes to photograph.
We stayed at Inn By The River located in “The Forks”, Maine. It was a good starting point for venturing out into the wilderness areas east and west of US 201. There aren’t many towns up this way, and what’s here are small with not many amenities. So, keep a full tank of gas while in this area. Also, be aware that this is logging country and that most of these backroads are used for transporting timber. You are liable to come face to face with a semi full of logs at any time, so be careful. Logging trucks have the right of way and anyway, you don’t want to tangle with one.
This part of Maine is plain gorgeous. Lots of color, rivers, and places to get lost. A photograph at every bend in the road. The largest towns in this part of the state are Jackman, Greenville, and Bingham, with Greenville being the largest. Most other towns are not much more than a crossroads. Here are a few shots from our stay.
Leaving here, you’ll want to make sure to take a short detour to visit the Sunday River Bridge in Newry, Maine. It will be on your way south, if you’re going that way. See the next page for photos and location.