When I visited the library in Bar Harbor yesterday, I noticed a book on one of the display tables called “Living on the Edge.” It’s not what you might think given that title! The book is a guide to life along the seacoast environment here in Maine. It focuses on the natural environment – both plant and animal life – that survives where at the intersection of land and sea. Written by a local naturalist with photographs by a former Acadia park ranger, it is an easy, informative guide. Scanning the book when I got home, I became inspired to more closely walk the shoreline and examine the plant and animal life. I’m certainly more familiar with the plant life here but regarding the marine animal life I am a novice.
When I think of the word periwinkle, images of the “plants” that use this common name come to mind. In a word association game, if someone said periwinkle to me – I would respond – Vinca minor. Or perhaps, think of the annual periwinkle “Catharanthus.” In Maine along the coast, periwinkle takes on a completely different meaning! Periwinkles are gastropods (think marine snail) and are abundant in the tidal pools and shores along the Maine coast. I’m thoroughly enjoying this book with its excellent photographs and narrative.
A couple of other photos I took along the way that I thought were interesting and fun are added here.