Recently on an unseasonably warm day in Maine (mid to high 80's and humid!), I left work and raced home to grab my camera bag and James the Adventure Pup. We jumped in the car and headed to Camden to hike the Maiden's Cliff trail. Located about an hour from my base camp apartment, the drive through small rural Maine towns was, as always, a joy. Nothing beats an impromptu weekday trip.
With many beautiful lookout spots and a lovely evening we did not make it quite as far as I thought we might, but it did not matter as distance is never the point or goal of these trips. The adventure is to have a very general plan (a trail, map, headlamp) and to just start hiking paying attention to what is in front of me, the changing light, and most importantly chasing clouds.
Looking out at the sun quickly falling behind the distant hills, I turned around and noticed one puffy cloud illuminated. I had a decision to make turn my back to the sunset or forgo the cloud. As I have talked about a little, I have a slight (well maybe not so slight) obsession with cloud formations and so I grabbed my tripod and set up to capture this scene.
Illuminated cloud along the Maiden's Cliff Trail, Camden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.
Illuminated cloud view through the trees along the Maiden's Cliff Trail, Camden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.