I have family in Maine and I love to visit in the fall, but is NEVER often enough! Being from the mountains of Colorado I crave the beauty of big leafy trees. Yes we have aspens, cottonwoods and little scrubby willows and evergreens...the ones that have survived the deadly pine beetle that the Rockies have been plagued with. I would be hard pressed to find someone with a big, lazy porch that provides a bit of cool comfort in the summertime near our home. We don't need that. In fact the summer season is so short that most mountain people revel in whatever sunshine we can find and big leafy trees aren't necessary. Something else we don't have is the warm morning fog that rolls in from the ocean that burns off and leaves a crisp beautiful New England day. I was planning on hanging out at the harbor to paint on my last vacation day, but is wasn't just foggy it was more like liquid air! I snapped a pile of pictures to use someday and someday finally happened! Arrr, I must avast, (which actually means to stop or desist), this little ditty, me hearties, and abandon ship till tomorrow as I have flotsam and jetsam to collect.