Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email:

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Out checking the properties I manage on Kezar Lake - my Saturday routine. No snow yet but lots of rain, then strong wind blew in some Arctic air. Water levels came way up on the Saco River and raised Kezar Lake's as well. It froze, then receded, leaving interesting formations of ice suspended above the water's surface.The sun was bright, so water and sky were very blue. I wasn't in a hurry, and I took time to look.Where a strong northwest wind blew hard on an eastern shore, ice formations got more jumbled.Nothing was amiss at the properties, so I could enjoy my perambulations and notice the beauty that's always around.Afterward, I went down to the Saco River to see if the rain had exposed any artifacts where Indians hung out for four thousand years or so. Only found a few chips from tool-making activity, but the water level had dropped even more along the Old Course of the Saco. Sun and cold acted nicely together on the ice there. Reminded me of those tasseled hats Mexican dancers wear.In one place it tipped somewhow.

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Anonymous Rhonda said...

Breathtakingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

12/18/10, 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos Dad, you have a great eye for photography.

12/18/10, 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

I've never seen ice formations like that. Spectacular!

12/18/10, 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading all of your posts Tom. This beauty is a beautiful distraction. I live in San Diego now and miss the winter wonderland...not the cold. Thanks for all your great work. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your. Jean D.

12/19/10, 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Jean D said...

I had a hard time posting my comment. I want to thank you Tom for the eye opening information you write about. The ICE post is absolutely breathtaking. Living in Ca, I miss the winter wonderland, Merry Christmas to you and yours. I pray 2011 will bring peace to our planet and our join our country together in unity.

12/19/10, 5:59 AM  
Anonymous Diane H. Gurien, Kearsarge said...

Thank you, Tom, for a beautiful - and particularly valuable piece. For me, it was something of a 'stop and smell the roses' moment, putting things into perspective.

My best and warmest wishes to you and yours for a very joyous Christmas and a safe, Happy 2011.

12/19/10, 6:44 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you so much! I adore winter!

12/19/10, 4:55 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Tom incredible stuff. If i may ask, what are you shooting with.

12/24/10, 10:16 AM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

I use a Nikon D-60 with an after-market Tamron 18-270mm zoom lens.

12/24/10, 11:36 AM  

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