MAINE BLUEBERRY BARRENS
ON MY FIRST TRIP TO MAINE in 1986 I took route 1A from Bangor heading for Acadia National Park. After a few miles I saw a field (first picture in this gallery) and stared in disbelief. It looked like about 15 acres of rainbow. Of course I stopped and photographed not realizing that these were the famous Maine blueberry barrens partly because all the fruit had been picked or eaten by birds. I learned later that there were about 30,000 acres of this "low-bush" blueberry and that about 10,000 acres were cultivated.
Over the years I found many fields to photograph but my favorite was at an intersection called Wilson Corner in Ellsworth. I returned many times, and on occasion the barrens were covered with frost of which there are several images here.
My last visit was in the spring and the fields I found were as remarkable in their own way.