>> Sunday, July 25, 2010
We're back from our outstanding week camping in northeastern Maine. I'll have lots of posts about the area over the next week or so. I took more than 1000 photos, some of which I'm rather tickled with. The flora, fauna, geology and hydrogeology of the area are fascinating to me, partly because they're so different from Central New York. With all the possible good blog material, it's hard to boil all the great info and photos down into a couple of posts, but I'll do my best.
With any discussion of Downeast Maine, the obvious place to start is the tides.
First, to orient you, here's Maine (the way life should be!):
Cobscook Bay is part of the Bay of Fundy, which is known for its incredible tide changes. Cobscook Bay is technically sort of at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy:
Where we were, in northeastern Maine, is just the start of the Bay of Fundy, and the tidal fluctuations get way more impressive up in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Still, 20+ foot tide changes are pretty staggering to observe. I've read that more than 100 billion tons of water flow into and back out of the Bay of Fundy twice each day.
The crazy tide changes were evident right at our own camp site, at Cobscook Bay State Park. Here's the view from our site, at high and low tides: