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Monday, August 25, 2014


If you were a bird, would you eat this??

Even creepy crawlers can be beautiful, although they probably are not too tasty.
Look around - but put your fork away!



Friday, August 22, 2014


The 4-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" disappears behind Bald Porcupine Island.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014


August sunrise over Long Pond.



Monday, August 18, 2014


There was lots of activity last week at Pond's End on Long Pond.

The past two weeks have been extremely busy and crowded on MDI, but things should settle down a bit starting this week as families head home to get ready for the start of school. Labor Day is just two weeks from today!
Yikes! Where did the summer go???



Friday, August 15, 2014


Bald Porcupine Island from Compass Harbor earlier this week.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer is the time for babies in the natural world, and there are plenty of babies to be found around Maine and Mount Desert Island right now if you know where to look! The mother of these two little fawns hopes they are well hidden by the heavy brush, but sharp eyes can still see them! And they must learn early that potential predators do have sharp eyes - so constant vigilance was required yesterday afternoon!



Monday, August 11, 2014

This loon was spotted feeding two chicks around 7:00 Saturday morning on Long Pond. He/she repeatedly dove for tasty morsels while the babies remained on the surface anxiously awaiting breakfast! These chicks were probably around 3 - 4 weeks old, and it will be another four weeks before they learn to dive for their own food.
Their nest was nearby along the shore.

If you have been out and about during the past week, it should come as no surprise when we say that the island is extremely crowded right now! We are currently in perhaps the busiest two weeks of the entire year! If you plan to visit popular spots in Acadia, try to do so before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.; and when driving, be patient, drive slowly, and expect the unexpected. Watch out for bikers, pedestrians, and children!



Friday, August 8, 2014


Early morning fog on Long Pond earlier this week.



Tuesday, August 5, 2014


A calm morning in Bar Harbor today.



Saturday, August 2, 2014


Hadlock Falls.

It's hard to believe, but here we are in August already, as the summer continues its headlong charge toward Labor Day! Our crowds of visitors are probably at their peak right now, but you can avoid much of the congestion by scheduling your activities before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Whatever you do, make time to enjoy our beautiful island in summer, because it will be over before you know it!



Monday, July 28, 2014

Many of us hope every summer day will be sunny and warm, but a little rain now and then can be unexpectedly welcome! In addition to bringing necessary moisture to your garden, rain can also produce some very pretty scenes if you know where to look! On Mount Desert Island "hidden" places like the one shown above are everywhere.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

This Purple Fringed Orchis, a member of the orchid family, is presently blooming in the drainage ditch beside a carriage road near Brown Mountain. Keep your eyes open when you are out and about! You never know what rare and beautiful sight might be found in a most unlikely spot - even just beneath your feet!



Monday, July 21, 2014


A relatively rare and somewhat reclusive Pyrola in full bloom last weekend.



Friday, July 18, 2014


Along the Carriage Road near Brown Mountain.

After our recent heat, rain and high humidity, the air this morning feels delightful! We have a great stretch of perfect summer weather coming up with lots of sun, temperatures in the high 70's, and comfotable dew points. All this should last well into next week, so get outside and enjoy it!



Wednesday, July 16, 2014


This pretty yawl rides on a mooring just off the Bar Harbor Inn pier.



Monday, July 14, 2014


Wild turkeys have made quite a comeback in Maine and also on Mount Desert Island!
This one was strolling in Pretty Marsh over the past weekend!

Our perfect summer weather appears to be coming to an end - at least temporarily.
The forecast indicates clouds and showers until Friday!



Thursday, July 10, 2014


The 4 masted schooner "Margaret Todd" prepares to leave for an early afternoon sail.



Monday, July 7, 2014


After Arthur.

Hurricane Arthur passed through the Gulf of Maine as a tropical storm on Saturday bringing high winds and heavy rain. There were widespread power outages throughout the downeast area. At one point our utility, Emera, reported 20,000 customers without electricity, mostly due to fallen trees. Life and the weather returned to normal on Sunday.

The photo above shows an example of the unusual cloud formations that often accompany strong storms! This one was taken around sunset on Saturday as Arthur was pulling away to the northeast.



Friday, July 4, 2014

HAVE A SAFE AND THOUGHTFUL INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Cherish our freedom, Celebrate our values, and
Resolve to make our democratic system of government work for the benefit of all, not just the privileged few!

Corporations are not people, and money is not speech!

Our nation's future rests in the hands of informed, participating voters!

BE ONE!



Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Sunset and the new "Thunder Moon" last night.





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