ADDISON, Maine — Looking out the Jepsons’ dining room window Thursday morning, it is easy to see why this couple recognizes and celebrates the beauty of Down East Maine.
Beyond a wild profusion of rugosa roses, past the tender fronds of asparagus, down a blue road made of crushed mussel shells is Cape Split Harbor, a working fishing port filled with lobster boats and dinghies. An evergreen-topped island sits solidly in the center. Fog slides by and red-winged blackbirds sit sentry.
This view, and 11 others like it, grace a 2010 calendar created by Alan and Brenda Jepson — a potato farmer and a filmmaker.
Each scene shows the real coastal beauty of Down East, not the tourist sights or the common postcard shots.
“These are the local places, the familiar scenes,” Alan Jepson said. “You don’t always get that on a calendar.
“This end of the coast is unspoiled and real.”
The Jepsons said for the local folks, the scenes will be recognizable — Fox Pond in Blacks Woods, Lubec in winter, Eastport, Bad Little Falls in Machias, Bucks Harbor, Cutler in the snow.
And for the “people from away,” the scenes will provide them with a real sense of the true Down East.
“They are also timeless,” Brenda Jepson said. All of the photos were taken by Jepson or Alana Ranney, a Cutler photographer.
“When Brenda Jepson contacted me about the calendar project, I was excited to find that our area was being featured,” Ranney said. “I was also a bit flattered that from the quality work of many fine local artists, my photos found their way to the project. I feel that Brenda made a great selection from the photos I presented to her. They represent the true face of Down East — the sites that the locals live and interact with, but which visitors seldom get more than a glance of.”
Selecting the photographs from hundreds of possibilities is like putting together a puzzle, Brenda Jepson said. “I need to strive for balance, both in the style as well as the geography.
The calendar is the Jepsons’ second. Their first reflected Aroostook County and they hope to start a third one of Piscataquis County.
“I love calendars,” said Brenda Jepson. “I have one in every room. I think it is the passing of time I’m obsessed with.”
The Jepsons’ calendar is available at many small stores and outlets along the Down East coast.