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MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons (Poetry & Photography Collection) by Bette A. Stevens. 150 haiku poems, 49 of the author’s original photographs + interesting facts and symbols from The Pine Tree State. 

My Maine…

Staycation in “Vacationland” (One of The Pine Tree State’s nicknames). No need to leave your comfy lounge chair. No matter the season, MY MAINE is a collection of poems and photographs to soothe the soul. Put up your feet, sit back and relax. Let MY MAINE take you away…

Did you know?

In the early 20th century, lumber, textiles and other industries began to leave the state, and the government doubled down on stimulating tourism. In the 1960s, the state adopted a new nickname on its license plates and highway signs: “Vacationland.”

Every year, thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to the Pine Tree State to enjoy scenic vistas, outdoor activities and the unhurried pace of life. But a visit to Maine is more than just lobsters and lighthouses. USA Today


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

~ Bette A. Stevens


Summer Songs

Excerpts from MY MAINE Haiku through the Seasons (Summer Songs) by Bette A. Stevens

Pristine forest lands
Rockbound footpaths appealing
Seek your solace here

Lady slippers chant
Madrigalian ballads
Timeless tales reborn

Moose shielding twin calves
Wades tranquil mountain waters
Head raised, ears twitching

Swallows consuming
Millions of swarming creatures
Ouch, ouch—they missed some

Loons at lakeshore wail
Campers bewitched by the sound
Sacred summer songs

Waves play taps on shore
Tall pines salute by moonlight
Waking stars stand guard

Lighthouses stand tall
Regaling stories of ghosts
From a bygone age

Books by Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

Hubby and I are enjoying a great “Staycation” right here at the farmstead. Confined by the 2020 pandemic restrictions, we’re playing it close to home and enjoying the magic of Maine moment by moment. Wishing everyone a blessed and beautiful end of summer and hope you’ve enjoyed a bit of a virtual Maine summer respite with us. ~Bette A. Stevens

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Comments on: "Get away from it all without leaving home—MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons by Bette A. Stevens" (56)

  1. I visited Maine in the summer and fell in love. I look forward to returning one day to visit once again. I’ve read your book, Bette, and absolutely loved the imagery. 🙂

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    • Hi Yvette! Thanks so much for your visit and lovely note. Great to hear you’ve fallen in love with our amazing Maine! 🌲 Wishing you and yours Abundant Christmas blessings…. xo

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  2. Hi, Phoenix. This sounds very interesting… I will definitely subscribe to and follow your project. 🙂


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  4. So fantastic, Bette – such a tribute to nature and the beautiful landscape. Toni x

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  5. Lovely extract from your book Bette.. ♥

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  6. Bette, Just the word “Vacationland” is enticing and makes me feel relaxed. Beautiful words in “Summer Songs.” “Solace….tranquil….sacred…” help me escape to a time that is and a time that was. The video trailer and music is also transporting. I just stopped and took deep breaths. Beautiful!

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  7. You live in a beautiful place that is brilliantly captured in your words and photography.

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  8. So beautiful, Bette, thanks for sharing! xo

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  9. Well done, Bette.

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  10. Thank you for this wonderful share from your book, Bette. Loved it.

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  11. I love My Maine and keep reading it for inspiration. A lovely trailer Bette, with breathtaking pictures.

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  12. What a great read, Bette. I loved this book! The next best thing to being there. 🙂

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  13. I have two of your books and this one looks like a nice addition. You are most talented.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Bette. Big hug. ♥

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  14. This is such a beautiful book, Bette! I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t yet read it!

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  15. I have a brother-in-law living in Maine. Although you have harsh winters, you do enjoy the beauty of changing seasons. The book trailer is spectacular!

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  16. Lovely book trailer, Bette! I hope you and yours are safe and well. 💛 ❣️

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  17. People need to buy this book. It does take you away to Maine, which I am missing this summer. We are also having a staycation – but not much fun trying to sell our beloved house. I guess I should take this as an adventure!

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    • Remembering how much I loved our beautiful Victorian home Dan restored in the 1980s–it was like living a dream and I felt like a princess every day we were there. Sold it in 1997 when Dan accepted a job with DOD in California. We bought the farmstead here before we were gone less than two years knowing we would come home to retire. No regrets, but moving is not only an adventure, it’s difficult even in the best of times. Stay safe, stay well and take good care of yourselves… You’ve got that beautiful grandson to keep you smiling through it all! ❤ Blessings and love, Bette

      P.S. Thanks so much for your lovely note and visit, Noelle–you've made my day extra special!


  18. Gwen M. Plano said:

    Beautiful, Bette. I have many fond memories of traveling in Maine. ♥

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  19. It sounds magical, Bette.

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  20. I love the book trailer.

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  21. What a beautiful book trailer, Bette. Thanks so much for sharing! ❤

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  22. It’s a lovely book trailer.:-)

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  23. how very lovely, bette.

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  24. Lovely, Bette! 🙂

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  25. Lovely extracts from your book, Bette. Sharing.

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  26. Such a lovely book trailer!

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  27. Very interesting Haiku ‘Summer Sings’you have pictured it very elaborately.I also enjoyed the video with lovely landscapes,flowers and the serenity of the nature and of course the background music.Thanks a lot for sharing.🌹👍🙏

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