Category: Sense of Place

Emerald Ash Borer: A Slow-Motion Natural Disaster

Emerald Ash Borer: A Slow-Motion Natural Disaster

Maine communities stand to lose a lot with the arrival of emerald ash borer (EAB), an Asian parasite that attacks white, green and brown ash (Fraxinus spp.) — killing most trees within a few...

Displays of Love and Grief

Displays of Love and Grief

During a 2016 trip along Greenland’s west coast, Maine photographer Peter Ralston took this photo of disappearing ice. Ralston returned from that trip with what he describes as “a burning desire” to share his photos of...

The Face of Clean Energy in Maine

The Face of Clean Energy in Maine

Ascending to his office in Pittsfield, Vaughan Woodruff treads on the same hardwood steps he walked as a third-grader in public school. Now the stately brick building houses several small businesses alongside the solar...

For the Birds: Gardening for Wildlife

For the Birds: Gardening for Wildlife

With six decades of gardening experience, Sharon Turner is a resource for many residents of the midcoast who seek to create more wildlife-friendly landscapes. Photo by Marina Schauffler. If you look the right way,...

Maine in 2040: Can You Imagine It?

Maine in 2040: Can You Imagine It?

Instead of relying solely on models and charts, what if we tried to visualize just how different our lives might be in a climate-altered Maine two decades hence? What follows is an imaginative portrait...

Caught in a Jam: Facing Overtourism

Caught in a Jam: Facing Overtourism

Traffic congestion at Acadia National Park. Photo courtesy of Friends of Acadia.   Overtourism, a new term for a growing global phenomenon, captures how popular destinations can become overrun and degraded, diminishing both visitor...

Taking a Bird’s-eye View

Taking a Bird’s-eye View

On Mother’s Day, I received a surprise gift. In the peach tree just outside our kitchen, an eastern bluebird and Baltimore oriole alighted simultaneously. It was approaching dusk, and the departing sun lit up...

Dimming the Lights

Dimming the Lights

A boundless dome of darkness overhead – lit only by crystalline stars – is one of Maine’s most imperiled natural assets. The Milky Way visible above Acadia National Park cannot be seen with the...