A writer inspired by nature and human nature

Welcome to Vacationland

  • Maine is known as Vacationland.  From pristine wilderness to pine forest mountain ranges to crystal clear waterways and majestic shorelines, Maine is a perfect place to spend your vacation.
  • Maine (nicknamed The Pine Tree State), has 6,000 pristine lakes and ponds for residents and visitors to savor  and explore.
  • Maine officially celebrates its Bicentennial on March 15, 2020.


I’m delighted that Mae Clair stopped by to help celebrate Maine’s 200th birthday! Mae is one of my favorite authors. I invite you to check out her bio, website and books—you’ll find mystery and suspense at its best. ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

Mae took this glorious photo in late September 2019 during her first Maine vacation. (Note: postcard frame and text added by me.) I think you’ll agree that Mae’s haiku is exquisite.

Outdoor cathedral

Sun fire and water as one

Tranquility speaks

More from Mae…

In late September of 2019, I had the pleasure of visiting Maine for the first time. My husband and I stayed in a beautiful A-frame overlooking Flanders Pond in the small town of Sullivan. We drove to Bar Harbor twice and spent a day in Freeport, but I think I enjoyed our moments on the deck watching the sun set, the most.

The photo I’m sharing today doesn’t quite capture the magic and fire of the sun when it sinks behind Flanders Pond, but the moments were spectacular—just like everything else we discovered in Maine. Naturally, we’re already talking about returning in the future. ~ Mae Clair

Mae Clair, Author
Mystery and Suspense, Flavored with Folklore
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Bette A. Stevens is celebrating Maine’s Bicentennial on her blog all year long through her new release,  My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons (Poetry & Photography Collection). She’s inviting friends and readers to join in the celebration with their own photo and haiku creations highlighting The Pine Tree State.

Whether you’re a Mainer or from away, I invite you to join me as I celebrate #Maine2020 by submitting one of your favorite photos taken in “The Pine Tree State” and writing a haiku too! I’ll be publishing submissions here on my blog throughout 2020. Simply email me at bettestevens@tds.net  SUBJECT: “Maine Bicentennial Haiku.”

“A nature-filled land that enlivens the senses and soothes the soul
—to me, Maine is poetry.”
~ Bette A. Stevens



“See Maine through the eye of a poet…”

Grab a copy of My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons today! 

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Comments on: "Celebrating #Maine2020 through Poetry with author Mae Clair" (89)

  1. What a beautiful photo by Mae of Flanders Pond!

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  2. Wonderful post, Bette & Mae! I’ve never been to Maine, but this post certainly makes me wish I had. Great pic and poem. ❤️

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  3. You captured the soul of Maine in this photo! Amazing. Cheers to Bette and Mae for sharing the glory of Maine. 💙

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  4. Thank you for sharing Mae’s stunning photo of Flanders Pond and the beautiful poem. It’s exciting time to celebrate the 200th birthday of Maine. Enjoy the festivity, Bette.

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  5. So pretty! Many thanks for sharing with us 🙂

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  6. This is a lovely poem by Mae Clair, Bette. She is a fabulous author.

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  7. D.L. Finn said:

    Maine has always called to me to come to visit and explore! I love the sunset over the pond, I think you captured that moment perfectly in that and the haiku, Mae.

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  8. A lovely haiku by Mae, Bette. Thank you both. ♥♥

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  9. It is a place I’d love to visit! Great post!

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  10. Super photo and Haiku, Mae. Thanks, Bette for having Mae here today

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  11. Bette, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog and for that lovely intro. Discovering Maine (and how to write a haiku, LOL), was a wonderful experience. I’m sure my husband and I will visit again. I can see why you love living where you do as much as you do. Maine is enchanting!

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  12. She had a beautiful view from her deck indeed. I would have enjoyed that the most too.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Bette. ♥

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  13. What a fantastic post! Love that image and Mae’s haiku adds a special charm to it! Thanks for sharing the beauty Bette, Maine is so far from me… still I would keep it on my wish list. 🙂

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  14. You two really make me want to visit Maine. I think I’ll come in summer.

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  15. Absolutely beautiful, both photograph and words! Lovely to see Mae featured here, Bette! Great post, and OH, how I’d love to see Maine one day! This has just reminded me of that! 😀 ❤

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  16. Beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Maine.

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  17. How fun to share Mae’s experience in Maine. It is vacationland, especially in summer. Bar Harbor is one of my favorite spots (Maine lobster… yum). Beautiful photo and haiku. Thanks for the morning smile, Mae and Bette. 🙂

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  18. What a lovely way to celebrate Bette. Maine looks truly beautiful and unspoiled.

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  19. The haiku from Mae’s is lovely, one I wish I had written. Of course, in Florida it would be palm and pines. We live in a preserve with lots of pines.

    I associate Maine with lobster – and with a brother-in-law who lives there. Thanks, Bette!

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    • Hi, Marian! Thank you for the lovely comment about my haiku.
      I’m also quite fond of Florida, though I have only visited the panhandle, Orlando, and southern gulf beach locations on various trips. Florida is another place I would like to visit again soon!

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    • Mae’s offerings are wonderful and I’m delighted you stopped by to enjoy, Marian! The diversity of our nation is amazing–a reason to write haiku wherever we may roam… 🙂 Hugs!

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  20. Mae’s sunset photo is beautiful, and what a lovely haiku.

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  21. Beautiful photo and a lovely Haiku. I hope to visit Maine someday. It’s on my bucket list.

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  22. I love Mae’s photo and her haiku. Thanks for sharing, Bette!

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  23. Lovely, Bette.

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  24. Bette, you’re single-handedly boosting the tourism of Maine and how wonderful that Mae and her husband could visit! I love her photo and haiku … both exquisite! Hope you’re both having a lovely start to the week! xx😀❤️

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  25. I love the poem and picture from Mae. It is obvious how much both of you love Maine. Thanks for sharing, Bette.
    Have a lovely week, Ladies 🙂

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  26. Dear Bette, your beloved and beautiful Maine sounds so very like the land I come from.
    Sweden is densely forested. Lakes are in multitude and the coast line so much loved.

    I am reading your beautiful Haiku book and understand your love and praise.
    Natural beauty is such, it fills the heart.

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    • Dear Miriam, thanks so much for sharing your love for the natural world and Sweden. My maternal grandparents both emigrated from Sweden to US in the late 1800s. ❤ Blessings and love, Bette

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  27. It looks beautiful 🙂

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