Ice Shack Photographs

I just picked up the new January/February 2010 issue of maine. You are going to love it. One of my favorite features are a series of Ice Shack photographs shot by Scott Peterman. The image of an ice shanty (what I call them) floods my head with memories of my childhood living in Maine and New Hampshire. The lakes are frozen solid in January and scattered on the ice are small little shanties that shelter men sitting around a hole waiting for the big one. As you drive by lakes and ponds on the coldest of days a string a pick up trucks will line the side of the road. My dad ice fished, why I don’t know. Seems incredibly boring sitting around a hole with another man. As Peterman explains, “Shacks are kinda like treehouses for men.” Check out more photos in the series on Scott’s website: scottpeterman.com and the new issue of maine. now on newsstands.

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  1. When I saw the first picture, I thought it was a box – that you would place on your coffee table (a jewel box). Then I realized it was a ice house! It’s design would make a beautiful box! Always thinking about great accessories. M.

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  2. these are so simple and wonderful. I’ve always heard that the pitcher’s mound is the loneliest place in the world, but I’d say it’s an ice shanty.
    ps. l-o-v-e your blog, it’s beautiful*

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  3. These are gorgeous! Who would have thought and ice shanty could look so good. I’m too far south in New England (Northeastern CT) for the lakes to freeze like this, you occasionally see a few guys out there but no shanties. Thanks for sharing and I’m going to need to find a copy of Maine magazine, it looks great online.

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  4. I always wondered what happened to the ones I saw falling through the ice during a fast thaw. I grew up in Maine in Lake Region and remember seeing this happen often.

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  5. Oh wow! What gorgeous images! I love the stillness and quietness of them. I think I am a bit obsessesed with all the gorgeous snowy images I’m seeing on lots of blogs right now… having only ever experienced snow maybe 3 times in my life!
    It’s made my day seeing these. So beautiful!

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  6. Those images are so breathtaking, stark, serene evocative Thanks for sharing them as I am sure that Maine magazine is not for sale in my local shop in the middle of Ireland. A lovely window into a tradition I have no experience of x x

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  7. so good, thanks katy for sharing- a stark winter never looked so good-

    ps i would die to widen the doors in my house- my plan is just to take down the whole wall! as I have said in the past i am going to old house owner hell !

    the other day i got into a conversation about the age of my house and someone asked me if it
    “…was historical, officially with a capital H and my reply was no it mine with a capital M!!!”
    do what pleases you, there are so many more decisions to make try not to get hung up on this one. have a good weekend

    kelly from milk & honey -rockport

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