White Pine Cone and Tassel
With its nickname, "The "Pine Tree State," it's no wonder Maine selected the fragrant and unique white pine cone and tassel to represent the State Flower.
Unlike other birds that fly south in winter to avoid the bitter chill of Maine the hearty and cheerful little chickadee remains, chirping merrily through snow, ice, wind and rain.
According to E.B. White, the Black-capped Chickadee, (also the State Bird for Massachusetts), "was put on earth to demonstrate the power of positive thinking. No day is dark, no night is cold, no hour is evil, no harm is in sight, no news is bad. An acrobat and a optimist, the Chickadee is perfectly named (he named himself), perfectly designed. We should all wear a black cap, ignore weather reports, and make friends easily."
Eastern White Pine
During the heyday of majestic sailing ships, Maine's coastal towns made good use of the plentiful White pine trees, converting their long, straight trunks into beautiful masts.
The state flag proudly depicts one of Maine's most beautiful treasures, the ever present evergreen, the pine tree.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (Born in Portland, Maine 1807)
Schooled in German Romanticism, Longfellow is famous for his epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha. He wrote it after reading two books on Indian tribes of North America. He is also famous for the poem, "Paul Revere's Ride," which quickly became a national favorite.