We had high winds and sun-streaked white caps in Great Cove several times last week. During such days, it’s thrilling to stand in the shallows as the fast-moving tide surges in around your knee-high boots.

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This is island-protected water; the waves are not huge, but they’re energetic, numerous, and mesmerizing. Some keep their motor running right up until they hit a rocky part of the shore with a loud “SMACK!”, ending their frenzy in thousands of sparkling pieces.

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(Brooklin, Maine)