Every where you turn in Stonington, you’re likely to see lobster buoys—the colorful plastic bobbers that float on the surface of the water and mark where a lobster trap can be found on the ocean floor below. The lobster buoys have different color combinations so the lobster captains can easily identify their traps as they chug alongside in their boats to haul them up.
When the buoys aren’t in the water, though, what should you do with them? Some people pile them in colorful heaps on their property. Others, like this homeowner, make more creative use of the buoys. Why have a plain old chain-link fence when you can have an explosion of color to mark your your property line?
As was the case in many communities, Stonington cancelled its annual Fourth of July fireworks show due to coronavirus concerns. Of course, that didn’t stop people around town from setting off strings of firecrackers, with their familiar staccato explosions, now and then.
And if you like the color of fireworks, you’re not going to be deprived in Stonington, either. With the arrays of brightly colored lobster buoys that you see just about everywhere — even in the back of bright red pickup trucks — you can get your fireworks colors fix just by keeping your eyes open.
We took the mailboat run out to Isle au Haut yesterday. After we started the trip a dense fogbank rolled in, moving toward us like a living creature and then finally enveloping our small craft in its damp, blank embrace on our return journey. It was like being in a dream, with small islands silently sliding in and out of the thick mist and bobbing lobster buoys adding the only dabs of color to the monochromatic scenes.
During our most recent trip to the Pine Tree State, Kish decided to bring a little bit of Maine back home with her.
Actually, she decided to bring a lot of Maine back home with her. She stopped at a store in Stonington that had an entire outside wall display of these colorful buoys, which are used to mark the location of lobster traps. After taking a closer look she came out grinning ear to ear, with an armful of the buoys ready to ship back home. Now we have them on the steps leading down to our patio and hanging from doors and shelves in our kitchen.
I like the bright colors of the buoys — and besides, I think everyone could use a bit more Maine in their lives.