The effects of a good September rain can be miraculous. Semi-drought conditions dogged Down East Maine all summer until recently. Some wells went dry and spring-fed streams became rocky trails winding through the woods. Then, on September 11, Tropical Storm Gordon, in his death spasm, spattered us with a burst of torrential rain. We haven’t had significant rain since, but Gordon filled wells and spring basins.


Our woods’ streams are now lush with flowing silver, emerald, and bronze waters. The image above was taken yesterday afternoon; that stream was dry September 10. Reports indicate that Gordon deposited between three to four inches throughout our County (Hancock) and that nearby Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park got a needed 5.46-inch soaking. (Brooklin)