Mount Katahdin loomed in the backyard, right up there behind our camp on Sourdahunk Lake. Our camp is tucked just outside the northwest corner of Baxter Park.
I had saved Art of Katahdin, a magnificent book created by David Little, edited by his brother Carl Little, and published by Down East Books in May of this year, to enjoy at camp. Turned out to be the perfect setting. I didn’t even need to jump in the boat and get out on the water to look back at Katahdin, peaking at me over the shoulders of North and South Brother.
The Art of Katahdin captures the mountain in all its mystery and majesty, but truthfully, I was entranced not by the mountain, but by the stories of the artists and their adventures in and around the mountain, and the paintings of river log drives, log cabins, wildlife, brooks and bogs.