Springtime coming in with tides

Posted March 16, 2012, at 5:32 a.m.
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.
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. Buy Photo
A 13-minute time exposure shows the path of the planet Jupiter as it sets behind the stone tower of the Casco Castle on a hill overlooking Harraseeket River in Freeport. The main building of the castle burned down in 1912.
A 13-minute time exposure shows the path of the planet Jupiter as it sets behind the stone tower of the Casco Castle on a hill overlooking Harraseeket River in Freeport. The main building of the castle burned down in 1912. Buy Photo
A gull drops mussels onto rocks to crack their shells while feeding at the  Harraseeket River in Freeport.
A gull drops mussels onto rocks to crack their shells while feeding at the Harraseeket River in Freeport. Buy Photo
A gazebo overlooks the Harraseeket River in Freeport where just a single boat is moored for the winter.
A gazebo overlooks the Harraseeket River in Freeport where just a single boat is moored for the winter. Buy Photo
An opening in a small wooden shelter frames a view of fishing boats docked at Harraseeket River in Freeport. Less than a dozen boats remained in the water for the winter.
An opening in a small wooden shelter frames a view of fishing boats docked at Harraseeket River in Freeport. Less than a dozen boats remained in the water for the winter. Buy Photo
The Harraseeket Boathouse and Cottages bask in the first light of day on the shore of the Harraseeket River in Freeport.
The Harraseeket Boathouse and Cottages bask in the first light of day on the shore of the Harraseeket River in Freeport. Buy Photo
Pilings reflect in still water at dawn at the Harraseeket Yacht Club in Freeport. The floating docks were removed for winter.
Pilings reflect in still water at dawn at the Harraseeket Yacht Club in Freeport. The floating docks were removed for winter. Buy Photo
Mooring floats are strung up for the winter in the shore of the Harraseeket River in Freeport.
Mooring floats are strung up for the winter in the shore of the Harraseeket River in Freeport. Buy Photo
Stars rotate through the evening sky over Harraseeket River where a skiff sits on the mud at low tide in Freeport.
Stars rotate through the evening sky over Harraseeket River where a skiff sits on the mud at low tide in Freeport. Buy Photo
A light shines above a fishermen's shed on a serene evening on Harraseeket River in Freeport.
A light shines above a fishermen's shed on a serene evening on Harraseeket River in Freeport. Buy Photo

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 wait out the winter.

On an afternoon earlier this week about the only activity seen along the shore was airborne gulls dropping mussels to crack open on the rocks at low tide.

Soon the weather will warm and the boats will go back in the water. Then the hungry tourists will arrive. After placing their order at the window of the waterfront lobster shack, they’ll gaze out at the harbor, thinking about how peaceful it is in Maine — while waiting for their number to be called on a loudspeaker.

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