Hunting yellow

By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 20, 2013
 feat_yellow_stackedtraps_1_ STACKED TRAPS

I don't know why exactly lobstermen use yellow traps, but it seems to be kind of a Maine thing. This was taken at the bench along the brick path between Custom House Wharf and J's Oyster Bar on the Portland Pier, one of the most meditative spots in town, but feel free to substitute any dock or wharf you like. There are more than 5000 licensed commercial lobster fishermen in the state, and the working waterfront in Portland is right at the gut of the state's activity. But while romanticizing the industry is one thing, it's hard to make light of the economic struggles fishermen face. Lobsters were in abundance last year, likely due to rising water temperatures, which led to surpluses that compromised profitability industry-wide. Not exactly the cheeriest associations, but noteworthy nonetheless. | LOCATION back alley between Portland Pier and Custom House Wharf, Portland 

 feat_yellow_kingoftheroad_m KING OF THE ROAD

Okay, who is this guy? Where did he come from? Who put him here? Clearly invisible during the darkness and muck of the winter, this little yellow dude is a total mystery. He looks like some fusion of several folkloric characters, as if someone rolled the Tin Man, R2D2, the Human Torch, and some failed avatar of a local auto-parts retailer into one. Since he's clearly been run over so many thousands of times it's impossible to tell the original shape, but however he got there, I like to think he's one of the most successful pieces of street art in town. | LOCATION on Franklin Street at the corner of Commercial, Portland 

feat_yellow_lightingthecult  LIGHTING THE CULTURE

Had to do it. Though it's technically indoors, the 151 Middle St. complex has basically been a hive of Portland arts culture for decades. Appropriately, its hallway is now painted a bright, buzzing yellow. It was sadder when the vast retail space that is now Dobra Tea was vacant — and still has a few notes of sadness due to the terrible flood that just hit Bull Moose — but the soft, muted grain yellow of this hallway is a cheery, signature hue. It's something most Portlanders see en route to their cultural enlightenment many times this summer, bringing them wisdoms and insights they'll share with each other year round. With art, caffeine, pizza, and community, who needs religion anyway? | LOCATION hallway at 151 Middle St. complex, Portland 

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