Photos: Baxter State Park

For now, I think I’ve said what I need to say about my trip to Baxter. I’ll recap a few quick thoughts. It was amazing. Going in, although I knew the park on some level, having been there twice last year, nothing about those trips prepared me for the full experience of spending more than a week there. It’s huge. Despite being there for 9 days, I quickly realized that after a month, I still wouldn’t have experienced the park fully. (There was a ranger who’d been on the job for 30 years, and I got the sense he was still finding things out about the place.) And although I’ve been making peace with this idea, the trip drove it home a little more. Don’t expect to see wildlife. Our noses are tiny and we don’t even use them as well as we could. So too are our ears. What we gained in executive function, abstract thought, and other higher level brain function, we lost in the ability to more directly perceive the world around us. For the most part, moose, bears, deer, and other creatures don’t want much to do with us. They know we’re coming long before we have any idea they might be around. If they let us see them, we’re very lucky to have been around that day. Nature is more powerful than us. That was driven home by the lightning strike, but it was also made evident by the lay of the land — the carving out of the park by glaciers, brooks, and the wind. Taking from Baxter’s own words, man is born to die, and his works are short lived, but Katahdin forever shall remain.

So without further ado, here’s some of the rest of the photos I took. Some of them may have appeared in the other posts. Mea magna culpa. They’re in no particular order; any sensible sequencing of images is purely coincidental.

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Sapsucker
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Wood Sorrel
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Wildflowers
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Katahdin Stream Campground trailhead sign
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South Turner trail bridge
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Swamp Rose at Grassy Pond
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Tableland flowers
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Tableland
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Rocks
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Teardrop Pond, Marston Trail
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Three Toothed Cinquefoil
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Summit Stairs, Katahdin
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Summit Sign, South Turner
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Summit Medallion, South Turner
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Summit Medallion, Katahdin
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South Turner Trail
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Summit Cairn, with South Peak in the distance, Katahdin
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Sentinel rock, Katahdin
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Safety Sign, Katahdin
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Rosey Maple Moth, Daicey Pond
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Polyphemus Moth, Daicey Pond
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South Brother panorama
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Orange Hawkweed
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OJI-Coe-Brothers-Owl
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Moose tracks
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Loon, Daicey Pond
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Limenitis Arthemis, AKA White Admiral
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Limenitis Arthemis
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Lightning strike, Daicey Pond
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Lightning strike, Daicey Pond
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Camp kitchen, Katahdin Stream
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Kidney Stone, Sentinel Peak
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Pink Lady Slipper, Katahdin Stream
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Katahdin Stream Falls
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Katahdin and Hamlin from South Turner Trail
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Katahdin from Grassy Pond
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Katahdin from Daicey Pond
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Katahdin from Daicey Pond
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Katahdin from Daicey Pond
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Iris Prismatica, Grassy Pond
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Stone Stairs, Hunt Trail
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Hunt Trail, looking down
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Hunt Trail footbridge
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Hunt Trail, below Tableland
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Hamlin and Baxter Peaks from Brother
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Common Garter Snake
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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
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Doubletop Mountain, from Nesowadnehunk Stream
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Doubletop Mountain from Grassy Pond
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Dogwood
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Daisy, Roaring Brook
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Cottontail Rabbit, Daicey Pond
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View from Sentinel Peak
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Cinquefoil
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Chimney Pond Arete
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Chalk Fronted Corporal Dragonfly
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Chalk Fronted Corporal Dragonfly
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Bog Laurel
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Blue Eyed Grass
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Bear Trap, Roaring Brook
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Appalachian Trail sign, Daicey Pond
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Amanita Flavorubens, Sentinel Peak
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Above Treeline, South Turner
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3 Stones, and 2 trekking poles, Katahdin

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