Maine’s vanes as fickle as its rains

Posted Sept. 27, 2013, at 5:29 a.m.
A pigeon joins its flock below a whale weather vane on top of the United Church of Christ in Freeport.
Robert F. Bukaty
A pigeon joins its flock below a whale weather vane on top of the United Church of Christ in Freeport. Buy Photo
A bull moose weather vane in Kennebunkport.
Robert F. Bukaty
A bull moose weather vane in Kennebunkport. Buy Photo
A weather vane at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.
Robert F. Bukaty
A weather vane at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Buy Photo
A lobster boat weather vane in Ogunquit.
Robert F. Bukaty
A lobster boat weather vane in Ogunquit. Buy Photo
A propeller airplane weather vane in Castine.
Robert F. Bukaty
A propeller airplane weather vane in Castine. Buy Photo
A harness racer weather vane at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor.
Robert F. Bukaty
A harness racer weather vane at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor. Buy Photo
A lighthouse weather vane at Camp Ellis in Saco.
Robert F. Bukaty
A lighthouse weather vane at Camp Ellis in Saco. Buy Photo
A lobster weather vane at Camp Ellis in Saco.
Robert F. Bukaty
A lobster weather vane at Camp Ellis in Saco. Buy Photo
A pig weather vane at the Jordan Farm in Cape Elizabeth.
Robert F. Bukaty
A pig weather vane at the Jordan Farm in Cape Elizabeth. Buy Photo
A three-masted ship weather vane in Wiscasset.
Robert F. Bukaty
A three-masted ship weather vane in Wiscasset. Buy Photo
A cow weather vane on a barn in Brunswick.
Robert F. Bukaty
A cow weather vane on a barn in Brunswick. Buy Photo
A grasshopper weather vane at a branch of Mercy Hospital in Yarmouth.
Robert F. Bukaty
A grasshopper weather vane at a branch of Mercy Hospital in Yarmouth. Buy Photo
Malcolm Wadsworth, 82, checks on his rifle weather vane on a pole next to his driveway in Union.
Robert F. Bukaty
Malcolm Wadsworth, 82, checks on his rifle weather vane on a pole next to his driveway in Union. Buy Photo

UNION, Maine — At his age, Malcolm Wadsworth wants nothing to do with climbing on his roof. But that hasn’t prevented the 82-year-old from displaying his latest weather vane, a rifle he made from wood and modeled after his favorite Winchester. He simply pounded a pole in the ground next to his driveway and set his newest wind indicator on top.

“I had a rooster, but it blew down,” said Wadsworth. “I’m too old to climb ladders anymore.”

Roosters and ducks seem to be the most popular weather vanes on barns and garages around Maine – so photographer Robert Bukaty skipped those. Here’s a collection of some of the more interesting weather vanes that caught his eye on recent travels around the state.

 

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