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Karen O. Zimmermann

About Karen O. Zimmermann

Karen O. Zimmermann savors chance encounters with people throughout the state of Maine, and is endlessly delighted with the tales they have to share.

Fifty shades of yellow OR, I am curious (gray)

Pale yellow, the bog creature emerges from his hiding and approaches.

A golden glow has taken over the landscape. This is an autumn of intense color—hot pink, burning red, neon chartreuse—but dominating them all are the yellows. Leaves, apples, grass, I saw yellow everywhere I turned. I saw fifty, no, a thousand shades of yellow. I recalled a best seller with a similar title. I had […]

Appleloosa: The Year of the Apple


Red apples and golden yellow, apples that are pink with stripes, green with tan specks, and blushing rose. Small cherry-sized bitter-fruited apples, mammoth thick- skinned pie apples. Apples to eat, apples to store for the winter, apples to make ciders and sauce—this is the year of the apple. Trees are loaded with fruit, so big […]

How do you say “Firewood?”

Campwood seller gives message to wood thieves

Campers need bonfires, and bonfires require firewood. Every summer roadside stands appear along edges of roads near campgrounds up and down the coast, and, optimistically, quite a few miles away. This is a seasonal business. I doubt anyone makes a career from selling firewood—it is just one of many jobs that is another piece of […]

Brush, brush, brush your garden…

My sister-in-law's wall of beans.  PHOTO: Liz Iaquessa

Some people brush their hair, or their cat, or their teeth. We brush our garden. Viney plants such as peas, beans and cucumbers are easier to pick, and produce more fruit when off the ground. There are many ways to do this—stakes, metal cages, or netting—but pea brush is free, and the silvery grey branches […]

Through the looking glass: inside a fish shack

Ice house, fish shack

The tiny houses dotted along a frozen surface are irresistible to any one with a camera in hand. Their simple shapes in the middle of a field of ice, surrounded by forest and mountain, have inspired coffee table books and appeared on the covers of magazines. They represent a culture, a world, and, for those […]

Where in the world is Frankfort? Waldo knows…

Seafood Shack

Plans go awry, and give way to the unplanned. That is how I met Waldo Peirce, and found the village of Frankfort. We were geared up and eager for a four–hour tree ID walk in Holden when we got the cancellation notice. Too cold, we were told. But we were in motion, and so, following […]