The Last Days of Autumn in Maine

Hey, all. Gerry Boyle here, and I had this whole post written in my head (composed while I was driving today) about how this blog reaches interesting people, including a couple of publishers who read my last installment about digital vs. print and got in touch to say, sure they’d like to publish the new McMorrow mystery, can we talk?

But I’m going to save that one for next time, see how it all shakes out. Because fall is winding down here in my part of the Maine woods and I find it harder and harder to come inside on a sunny afternoon, even a dusky evening or a foggy dawn. Because I know that soon it will be dark and cold and we’ll be sitting by the woodstove, with spring a distant dream.

This is a time of year that I feel this need to capture the fleeting moments of the season. A cold day on the lake, the last boat out there. A chilled sunset. Foliage flaring by the water. A heron launching into the fog.

So here are a few pix from the last couple of weeks. This is why I live here, why I write here, why my books are what they are. We can talk books next time out. Today is about the last beautiful days of the season. Something to savor, no?

Island maples.

Sunset, with temperatures falling

Heron and fog

Before the dawn


So that’s my report. Next time books and crime but not today.




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4 Responses to The Last Days of Autumn in Maine

  1. Gram says:

    Gorgeous pictures. Thanks…Dee

  2. John Clark says:

    One of my all time favorite memories is having Sebec Lake all to myself on a late September afternoon and watching one lonely jet go from one edge of the horizon to another. It was peaceful and oh, so beautiful. Thanks for some terrific pictures.

  3. Congrats on the contacts with publishers, Gerry. Look forward to hearing more about this.
    I’m thrilled to say I’m here in Maine right now! And you are so right about this time of year. I’m in the Boothbay Harbor area and I’ve taken tons of pictures of the spectacular scenery. The colors blow my mind. I don’t have enough wall space at home for them. It’s going to be agonizing to decide which ones of this will grace our walls.
    We spent today walking around and snapping shots of the beautiful Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Thanks to MCW for contributing your favorite places in a recent blog post, because I’m not sure we’d have taken time to go. I mean we have a wonderful Botanic Gardens where we live. But my goodness! What you have is a real jewel. I’ve had a smile plastered on my face continuously. Even now as it clouds up a bit, the crashing waves and the beautiful scenery brings me peace.
    I’m setting my next book in the town of “Griffin Harbor.” The inspiration here is priceless! Mindful of one of the MCW posts about whether “Away” people can write about this state, I’m soaking up every nuance I can. 🙂 Be happy you are from here or get to live in Maine!

  4. thelma straw says:

    Gorgeous photo of the heron in fog… haunting… hope the publishers pan out for you! Thelma straw in Manhattan

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