Every day we comb through our Instagram feed hashtag to find image from followers documenting our state. On Instagram we share a capture of the day, while each month in Maine magazine we highlight one of those photos.

My spouse and I try to do a day trip around Maine at least three to four times a week. When we retired a few years ago, we decided to spend more time exploring the picturesque locations within a two-hour drive from our home at the Pepperell Mill Campus in Biddeford. We like to shake things up by visiting a lighthouse or coastal town one day followed by a trip to mountains and lakes the next. My camera and lenses are always with me. I like to post photos on Instagram of popular tourist destinations in the off-season. People who visit Maine in the summer often say that they enjoy seeing familiar vacation spots covered in snow or bright with fall foliage.

This photo was taken on a cold day in late January. We had driven to Brunswick to have lunch and do some shopping downtown. When we were getting ready to head home, we decided that there was enough time to take the 15-mile scenic route to Bailey Island before sunset.

We arrived on the island about a half hour before sunset. The warm glow of the sky illuminated the water and landscape around us. While standing on the Cribstone Bridge, I noticed the small island with the red shack and lobster traps was accentuated by that golden hour light. That’s when I took the shot.

We hopped into the car and drove around Mackerel Cove just as the sun was setting and a lobster boat was returning to the dock. It was a beautiful Maine scene to end our visit to Bailey Island.