Articles by Robert F. Bukaty

Roosevelt waits for others to catch up during a walk in the woods on Saturday in Portland. He was named after one of the most famous wheelchair users, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Disabled border collie ‘wakes up happy every day’

By Robert F. Bukaty on April 12, 2012, at 10:22 p.m.
PORTLAND | When Stephanie Fox went to see the puppy almost three years ago at New England Border Collie Rescue, she knew the breed didn’t always make the best pet. As an experienced owner of other border collies, she was well aware of their need for constant work and …
Mike Sproul fastens a chain to a white pine log while Bright and Star wait to go to work, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Waldoboro, Maine.

Steer team hauls logs in Waldoboro

By Robert F. Bukaty on March 29, 2012, at 7:03 p.m.
Logger Mike Sproul leads his 2,400-pound team of steer into the woods, passing by a skidder parked on the edge of a field. The heavy machinery could twitch more logs in less time — but it has never won him any ribbons. So today Bright and Star, …
The morning sky glows red over the north end of the Harraseeket River where a floating dock sits on the mud at low tide on Monday, March 12, 2012.

Springtime coming in with tides

By Robert F. Bukaty on March 16, 2012, at 5:32 a.m.
The month of March is a quiet time at most Maine harbors and the Harraseeket River in Freeport is no exception. Many of the floating docks and moorings have been pulled from the tidal bay. Dozens of fishing boats and pleasure craft sit onshore, wrapped in white plastic as they …
Jamie Gagnon of Wells plunges into the chilly Atlantic Ocean after the wave he was riding started to flatten out on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk.

Surf’s up in Kennebunk, even when temperatures aren’t

By Robert F. Bukaty on March 08, 2012, at 10:37 p.m.
Skiers and snowmobilers are not the only ones feeling deprived by Mother Nature this winter. Surfers have been disappointed, too, but last week they finally got their wish. The season’s first significant storm not only dumped several inches of snow on southern Maine, but also kicked up …
Autumn Burnell, 4, of Hollis outfished many of the adults, landing a half-pound brook trout during the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Gray.

Ice fishing derby offers prizes and a chance to help others

By Robert F. Bukaty on Feb. 27, 2012, at 9:59 p.m.
GRAY | One month after it was postponed because of thin ice, the third annual Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby was held last Saturday. Several hundred anglers competed for more than $10,000 in prizes for everything from the biggest fish to the most patriotic ice shanty. Clint Jones of …
11:31 -  Zack Carrier, a park and pipe rider from Scarborough, Maine, performs a trick off a jump at Sugarloaf.

Students get a high school education on the slopes of Sugarloaf

By Robert F. Bukaty on Feb. 16, 2012, at 6:52 p.m.
CARRABASSET VALLEY | When Sam Morse was in public school, he says he dreamed every day about going to Carrabassett Valley Academy. “When you travel [for ski races], it’s really hard to be in a public school,” said Morse, who grew up in Carrabassett Valley. “But a place like …
Marketta, a mix-breed, takes in the fresh salt air and the scenery from the back seat of her owner's car while traveling through Phippsburg. The dog and her owner, Rebecca Cooper, of Holliston, Mass., visit Maine weekly to participate in an agility class in Portland.

Dog owners give unconditional love all year

By Robert F. Bukaty on Feb. 09, 2012, at 10:51 p.m.
Valentine’s Day, the day when humans annually do something special for their loved ones, will be celebrated next week. But dog owners don’t need a special holiday. They give their unconditional love all year round. They will seek out an adoption agency to give an unwanted puppy a second chance. …
Mrs. Maine-America Pageant winner Cassandra Maureen Provencher of Springvale shows off her evening gown as her husband, Andre, looks on during the Mrs. Maine-America Pageant Sunday, Feb. 5, 2011, in Saco, Maine.

Mrs. Maine-America pageant 2012

By Robert F. Bukaty on Feb. 05, 2012, at 7:20 p.m.
Seth Bell of Waterford, Maine, performs a seat grab heart attack in mid-air during a Rave-X freestyle show during the Snodeo, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Rangeley, Maine.

Mainers show off their snowmobile tricks at Rangeley’s Snodeo

By Robert F. Bukaty on Jan. 26, 2012, at 6:29 p.m.
If you took a young Evel Knievel, taught him some acrobatics and gave him a snowmobile, you would end up with someone like Kourtney Hungerford. The 20-something rider of West Yellowstone, Mont., wowed the crowd — and himself — with an unrehearsed, unplanned back flip off a …
Kayla Raymond, 11, of Standish surfaces through bubbles after diving into Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester in September.

Pictures of the Year 2011: Robert F. Bukaty

By Robert F. Bukaty on Dec. 30, 2011, at 10:52 p.m.
Rob White, left, and Adam Kalaowsky create a rainbow while practicing with a fire hose during a firefighter training session on the Portland waterfront on Nov. 7. I came across this session on a day off. Before leaving I had made arrangements to spend more time shooting future training sessions for a complete essay but for one reason or another I wasn't able to follow up.

Outtakes from 2011

By Robert F. Bukaty on Dec. 30, 2011, at 5:13 a.m.
I’m often asked if it’s hard to find a subject to shoot for my weekly MaineFrame photo essay. Finding the subject is actually the easy part. There’s no shortage of visually interesting subjects to focus on in southern Maine. Probably the hardest part is finding the enough time to do …
Bob Doyle, 71, pauses to study his climbing route on an 80-foot-tall white pine he was hired to remove in Winthrop on Dec. 14. On the ground below, his son Sheridan Doyle ties a line to a chain saw that his father will hoist up once in position.

At 71, still tree climbing and chopping

By Robert F. Bukaty on Dec. 22, 2011, at 10:07 p.m.
WINTHROP | Somewhere along the way, the massive white pine divided itself into separate, gnarly trunks, making its crown more like four trees in one. It’s the kind of crooked tree loggers leave behind because it wouldn’t make straight lumber. A windstorm earlier this year started to uproot the …
The Six Hats entertain the crowd in Dock Square on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Kennebunkport. The folks inside the hats won the grand prize for best costume in the sixth annual Hat Parade. The event was part of the Christmas Prelude, which continues this weekend in the Kennebunks.

Kennebunkport’s annual Hat Parade

By Robert F. Bukaty on Dec. 08, 2011, at 6:04 p.m.
It was hard to tell who was smiling more, the spectators crammed into Dock Square, or the participants marching by in the silly, handmade hats. There were people wearing Christmas tree hats and Christmas present hats. There were gingerbread house hats and lollipop hats. The sixth annual …
The Public Market House occupies the first two floors and the basement of the Emerson Clapp Building (center) in Portland's Monument Square.

Public market alive and thriving in Portland

By Robert F. Bukaty on Nov. 25, 2011, at 5:07 a.m.
When the Portland Public Market closed down in 2006, Kris Horton and a couple of other vendors couldn’t let the dream of an inner-city market die. “None of us really wanted to go and set up shop on our own, so it was either choosing to close …
Contestants line up for a costume contest at last Friday's Nerd Rave at SPACE Gallery.

Let your nerd flag fly

By Robert F. Bukaty on Nov. 17, 2011, at 9:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | Scott Clavette showed up for the Nerd Rave as a bleached blond wearing a skin-tight Aquaman costume, complete with pitchfork. By Saturday morning he had transformed himself into a purple-haired Quentin, the nerdy character in the X-Men series. Clavette was one of about 750 people to attend …
Bob Hubbard connects in a game of vintage base ball held earlier this month in New Gloucester.

Maine’s take on America’s pastime

By Robert F. Bukaty on Oct. 27, 2011, at 11:17 p.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER | One hundred and fifty years ago, when batters were called “strikers” and home plate was actually an iron plate, you couldn’t blame the umpire for striking out. There were no called strikes in the early days of a game called “base ball.” “The only time a …
Guide John Arcaro prepares to net a salmon for a client from Colorado in the Hatchery Pool. Grand Lake Stream has more registered guides per capita than anywhere else in Maine. Arcaro owns Canalside Cabins.

The lure of the water’s bounty

By Robert F. Bukaty on Oct. 20, 2011, at 9:21 p.m.
Every autumn two species return to Grand Lake Stream: landlocked salmon and the passionate fly fishermen who pursue them. “You know, there’s something about these fish. They bring you back,” said Joel Anderson, while casting a streamer last Tuesday after dark in the quiet waters above the dam. “I went …
Katharina Keoughan, the self-proclaimed Queen of Pumpkins, curtsies to the crowd during the Giant Pumpkin Parade at the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest.

Pumpkin foolishness in Damariscotta

By Robert F. Bukaty on Oct. 13, 2011, at 8:57 p.m.
Buzz Pinkham, one of the founders of the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta, is crouched inside a giant pumpkin, getting ready to shove off from a dock when a reporter asks him to describe the festival. “There’s no science behind it, just complete foolishness. And then we just …
Julie Miller of Branchport, N.Y., muscles through a 10-inch log during the crosscut saw competition at the Woodman's Field Day at the Fryeburg Fair.

Women find niche in woodsman’s competition

By Robert F. Bukaty on Oct. 07, 2011, at 5 a.m.
FRYEBURG | Laurette Russell decided after showing horses for 20 years, she needed something else to fuel her competitive fire. So she started entering woodsman’s competitions. “Throwing an axe at a bull’s-eye and chopping a piece of wood is very satisfying,” said Russell of New Gloucester. “There’s no cookie-cutter …
Lobsterman Gregg Whitten leaves Portland's  Widgery Wharf at dawn.

Colors shine at Widgery Wharf

By Robert F. Bukaty on Sept. 29, 2011, at 6:21 p.m.
The colorful fishing shacks on Portland’s Widgery Wharf caught photographer Robert Bukaty’s eye. Built in 1777, Widgery is one of the city’s oldest working wharves, but a few years ago it was looking its age. “Our fish houses had to be painted for preservation so we decided to paint them …