Visions of Maine: 14 Incredible Photographs from the Appalachian Trail

“The tops of mountains are among the unfinished parts of the globe, whither it is a slight insult to the gods to climb and pry into their secrets, and try their effect on our humanity. Only daring and insolent men, perchance, go there.” -Henry David Thoreau, The Maine Woods

Keeping Thoreau’s words at the top of my thoughts, I try to tread lightly as I climb to the top of summits in my home state of Maine. As a professional photographer I feel the constant need to ascend to these “unfinished” summits to record through my camera the awe and wonder I feel while watching the sun go down. There is something therapeutic about being humbled by the Maine wilderness as you look out over it’s vastness. Yes, it has changed considerably since Thoreau stood on the summit of Katahdin and looked out over the woods, but it still has power, it’s silence still beckons. Every summer as long as I am physically able I will venture out on the Appalachian Trail to experience that silence and power. It’s magical.

Sunset from Mount Abraham

Deadwood, Flagstaff Lake


Sunrise over Katahdin from Daicey Pond

A thru-hiker finishing at sunrise, Katahdin

Spring, Bigelow Mountain

Bigelow, West Peak from the North Horn. Flagstaff Lake in the distance


Bigelow from Flagstaff Lake

The Knife Edge, Katahdin

Morning fog over Flagstaff Lake

Sunset from Sugarloaf

Little Bigelow Lean-to

Sunset, Mount Abraham

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