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Maine for the Puffins - June 2008

Went to Maine to see the puffins at Machias Seal Island, plus previously unvisited lighthouses. Traveled from Portland to Campobello Island and back in five days, seeing 17 new lighthouses, a ton of breeding puffins, and some new places and islands I had not visited before during trips with Howard or by myself. It was muggy, buggy and often foggy, but ALWAYS fun, and I think I took some of my best pictures ever!
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West Quoddy, located at the eastern-most point in the U.S.
West Quoddy, located at the eastern-most point in the U.S.
West Quoddy lighthouse from the parking lot.
West Quoddy lighthouse from the parking lot.
Another view.  These photos were taken around 7 or 8 PM.
Another view. These photos were taken around 7 or 8 PM.
I drove through beautiful Campobello Island (Canada) to see the East Quoddy Lighthouse close up.
I drove through beautiful Campobello Island (Canada) to see the East Quoddy Lighthouse close up.
During low tide, you can walk across the muck to get to the lighthouse.  I did this, and it was quite an adventure!
During low tide, you can walk across the muck to get to the lighthouse. I did this, and it was quite an adventure!
You go over a bridge and climb at least two ladders.
You go over a bridge and climb at least two ladders.
At one point in my walking adventure, I came across a ladder that was about 4 feet off the ground.  I had to shimmy up.
At one point in my walking adventure, I came across a ladder that was about 4 feet off the ground. I had to shimmy up.
In the parking lot was a man and his dog, watching out for people who made the trek.
In the parking lot was a man and his dog, watching out for people who made the trek.
Weir for catching herring near the lighthouse.
Weir for catching herring near the lighthouse.
I took Bold Coast Charter Company's tour of Machias Seal Island.  Machias is 10 miles off the coast of Maine.
I took Bold Coast Charter Company's tour of Machias Seal Island. Machias is 10 miles off the coast of Maine.
The U.S. claims the island; so does Canada.  Canada posts  2 lighthouse keepers to protect the island and the birds.
The U.S. claims the island; so does Canada. Canada posts 2 lighthouse keepers to protect the island and the birds.
A bunch of puffins just hangin' out.
A bunch of puffins just hangin' out.
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