"Morse Mountain View"
"Morse Mountain View" is an original Maine watercolor painting by Beth Whitney. This is the summit of the mountain before you head down to Seawall Beach.
Officially called the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, this beautiful spot overlooks the marshes where the Morse River empties into the ocean. I love the little channels winding through (great places to spot herons and other shore birds). The land includes 600 acres of permanently protected salt marshes and coastal uplands, and leads to Seawall Beach.
The Morse Mountain & Seawall Beach hiking trail is a hidden gem not far from Popham beach. I had no idea it was here until I went hiking with friends. I usually head to Spirit Pond or Popham Beach when I'm out this way (often). The trail is basically a walk through the woods on an old road. It's 2 miles each way and ascends the 180-ft mountain, with this spectacular view near the top. Continue down the mountain (it's uphill both ways) to Seawall Beach. The pristine sandy beach is very popular, but because parking is limited, it's not overcrowded. The views of Sequin Light and sailboats going all around the island are marvelous. At low tide, it feels like you can walk to the island, but not really. We saw several pairs of bald eagles (possibly parents with their young) and herons by the salt marshes along the way.
The original painting has sold, but I have giclees available in several sizes.
Watercolor on paper | Private collection