During the second week of August Magi and I joined my family at the Beachmere, a resort on the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. Artists discovered Ogunquit's beauty over a century ago, and it was they who helped transform the quaint fishing hamlet into one of the most picturesque and enjoyed seaside resort villages in New England.
The mouth of the tidal Ogunquit River separates three miles of white sandy beach from the craggy granite ledge which dives into the Atlantic. Millions of visitors have walked the Marginal Way, a scenic cliff-walk that meanders along the ocean for over a mile. Come stroll with us.....
"In 1923, the magnificent Marginal Way was given as a gift to the Town of Ogunquit by Josiah Chase of York and is now a paved footpath beginning (or ending) in a corner of Oarweed Cove near the harbor, then running for 1 ¼ miles to the marvelous expanse of Ogunquit Beach. Once called "the margin" because of its patterned development along the rocky edge of the cliff, the origin and preservation of this truly precious piece of natural beauty was not the result of far-sighted conservation planning, but of the dealings of a shrewd businessman and some stubborn, persuasive "locals." This delightful, exhilarating walk meanders by tangled bayberry and bittersweet bushes, gnarled shrubs of fragrant pink and white sea roses, shaded alcoves formed by wind-twisted trees jutting out onto high granite outcroppings, and humbling views of the mighty Atlantic with its varying seasonal moods. Although the bends and inclines along the way are rather gentle, most walkers will choose one of the thirty memorial benches dotting the path to sit and rest, to contemplate and sometimes to paint the panorama of sea, surf and sky which daily unfolds amid noisy protests from the roiling ocean and screeching gulls." from Ogunquit, Beautiful Place by the Sea Brochure
John Muir certainly had it right.
Tides going out.....
....and then there's high tide. The scene is always changing from one hour till the next. Mag and I found it a photographer's Paradise.
It was fun taking candid pictures of the many different ways people found to enjoy the Marginal Way.
Hoped you enjoyed coming along with Magi and I as we strolled the Marginal Way.
Photos by Magi and Bob