Sirius, of the constellation Canis Major, is the brightest star in the sky now, and we are in the “Dog Days of Summer.” The weather grows hotter, the rain abates, and fertility abounds. On these days, the harbors are full. Guests come from all over the world to see the beautiful coast of Maine and to be refreshed in its icy waters. Yes, even in summer the Atlantic is cold this far north. On days like these, we could almost forget that anything else exists but the choppy sea, the windswept shores, the blue sky, and the warm sun. Almost. The sun extends its hot fingers out toward the west as it begins its slow retreat into the night.
|The dog days of summer.|