Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fort Popham, Maine

Fears that the Confederate navy might travel up the Kennebec River and attack Augusta, Maine, led to the construction of Fort Popham in 1862.  Built near a site colonized in pre-revolutionary days by George Popham, the walls form a crescent shape. Their granite blocks glow golden in the late afternoon sun. The artillery consisted of thirty six cannons that were arranged on two levels; each cannon weighed 25 tons and fired solid shot, each weighing almost 480 pounds.  The fort was reactivated during the Spanish-American war and World War I.

The Fort offers wonderful colors and contrasts to photograph.  And the peaceful bay creates wonderful reflections. Of course, you don’t need to be a photographer to enjoy the walks along the beach and the delicious lobster rolls.

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