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Friday, October 21, 2016

More beautiful leaves as this year's foliage season draws to a close.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Our autumn leaves were at their peak color early this week - about 10 days later than usual, but more dramatic than we have seen for many years! However, rain showers today and continuing on through the weekend should knock many of them down. It's hard to complain though, because we have been very dry!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Here are photos of the lead runners in today's MDI Marathon as they passed through Somesville at about the 21 mile mark. Both went on to win the male and female overall titles.

Male leader and winner: Dan Vassallo, Peabody, MA 2:21

Female leader and winner: Leah Frost, Glover, VT 2:54

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The full Hunters Supermoon setting behind a ridge of spruce trees about 5:45 this morning!
Sp-o-o-o-ky! But also cool!

Friday, October 14, 2016

The stone barn on the Crooked Road today around noon.
Our foliage is peaking here now, and is slightly past peak in some places! The leaves are exceptionally beautiful this year, so get out and look before they are gone! Don't forget that the MDI Marathon will be run this Sunday morning starting in Bar Harbor at 8 a.m. Take extra care driving, and give the right-of-way to runners!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall color continues to be beautiful around the Island, but it is nearing peak, so do your "leaf peeping" now!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fall color on Somes Pond Saturday morning.

Wow! It's Columbus Day already and the summer season is officially over! Where does the time go?

Our fall foliage suddenly popped around the island over the past weekend, and there are some absolutely dramatic areas slong the Crooked Road, Eagle Lake Road, and in Pretty Marsh. We also received some much needed rain yesterday, but after the front passed by this morning temperatures began to drop and a strong north wind caused some local power outages! Two cruise ships anchored in Bar Harbor were unable to run their tenders to and from the Town Pier during several mid-day hours due to high, wind-blown seas!

Friday, October 7, 2016

This Hairy Woodpecker has been aggressively searching for a meal - even in homes and sheds!

The projected track for Hurricane Matthew has changed significantly over the past two days. It now appears that the massive storm will stay south of Cape Hatterass, possibly even looping back to strike Florida a second time!

Meanwhile, our unusually dry conditions continue here on the island. We need a soaking rain -
but can do without high winds!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor yesterday morning.

Matthew continues to be a major hurricane, and while the threat seems to be mainly south of the mid-Atlantic, there is still a chance it could be drawn far enough north to impact Mount Desert Island on Sunday or Monday. We'll still watch it! Maybe we could put in an order for some much needed rainfall with no wind!

Monday, October 3, 2016

A rocky shoreline in early fall.

Let's all keep an eye on the weather for next weekend. Hurricane Matthew is a long way away, but it's a big storm, and it's projected track could be ominous! We'll keep you posted!

Friday, September 30, 2016

The French luxury cruise ship "Le Boreal" in Bar Harbor yesterday.

We often have said that some interesting ships can be seen visiting Bar Harbor, and "Le Boreal" is one of them. Operated by Compagnie du Ponant of France, "Le Boreal" carries only 264 passengers and specializes in adventure cruises - especially to Antarctica. She will make one more visit here on Monday, and by November she will be on her way to Ushuaia, Argentina at the southernmost tip of South America, where she will offer trips across the rough Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula until next March! Built in 2010, "Le Boreal" is the newest cruise ship specially built to operate in Antarctic waters. She has an ice-breaker hull, a unique marine positioning system to eliminate the need to drop anchor in sensitive areas, and a variety of equipment for launching and retrieving Zodiacs. Some of this equipment is visible when you look at her unusual superstructure.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wild asters seem to be in bloom everywhere right now, and that is a sure sign of fall!

Our dry weather continues even though it has been cloudy and cool for the past few days. The forecast does suggest a slight chance of drizzle or showers through the first of next week, so maybe we'll get some rain - keep your fingers crossed because we need it!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Golden early morning sunlight as fall begins.

Friday, September 23, 2016

A lone sailboat rides on her mooring as the sailing season draws to a close for this year.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sunset over Bartlett's Narrows on Monday evening after a rainy, foggy day.

Monday, September 19, 2016

"Hesper", a replica of a rare wooden hull Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, caused considerable interest in Bar Harbor Saturday morning when she stopped to clear customs after crossing to the U.S. from Halifax. Hailing from Cornwall, England, "Hesper" is 44 ft. long on deck, and was built in 2006. There are only a small handful of original wooden hull Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters still surviving, as boats of this classic, rugged and seaworthy design were built
between 1895 and 1905.

Friday, September 16, 2016

View through the trees as the full Harvest Moon rose over Long Pond last night.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

There is a new post on MDI Blog this morning. Check it out!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Two big boys were anchored in Frenchman Bay off Bar Harbor yesterday afternoon. (Individual photos below.)

The 144 ft. privately owned sailing yacht "Artemis" flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.
Built in 2007 by Fitzroy Yachts in New Zealand, "Artemis" has an aluminum hull and a 180 ft. mast!
She draws 16 ft., has a crew of 5, and can accomodate 10 guests.

The 4,200 passenger / 1,800 crew Royal Caribbean cruise ship "Anthem of the Seas".

Monday, September 12, 2016

Early Autumn clouds over Hodgdon Pond.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Why did the turkey cross the road in Pretty Marsh yesterday? - To get to the other side, of course!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

High surf at Otter Point from Hurricane Hermine far to our south.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Carniverous Pitcher Plants growing at the edge of Duck Pond bog.


We were particularly excited to discover this clump of Pitcher Plants at Duck Pond on Saturday. Duck Pond used to host a large number of such plants along with Sundews, Dragon's Mouth, etc. But several years ago beavers built a dam across the outlet stream, raising the pond's waterlevel about a foot and leaving many interesting carniverous plants completely submerged. The high water level continued for about three years, and we feared that the drowned pitcher plants could not survive those conditions. Fortunately, however, some apparently did survive, although their numbers appear to be greatly diminished!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Bar Harbor town pier at dusk this week.

Welcome to September! Yikes! Time flies - especially in the summer!
Remember - schools on the island opened yesterday, and lots pf people are here for the Labor Day weekend -
so drive carefully!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The four-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" returning to her dock in Bar Harbor under sail on Monday evening! This is a relatively rare and thrilling event for the passengers, the crew, and also for the Captain, because wind and sea conditions have to be "just right" in order to pull it off successfully! True sailors try to use an engine as little as possible,
and preferably not at all as in this case! Good job!

Monday, August 29, 2016


Friday, August 26, 2016

Another Long Pond Sunrise yesterday morning.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Two large sailing yachts moored on Saturday in deep water off Bar Harbor near Sheep Porcupine Island.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hummingbird in hummingbird heaven on Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sunset Monday evening.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

photo courtesy of Logan Wilson      

View to the west from Beech Mountain early Monday morning.

Monday, August 15, 2016

A foggy sunrise yesterday morning!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

We have had a remarkable streak of warm, sunny weather since mid-July, but the ground is extremely dry. So yesterday's afternoon shower was most welcome, and a few more are in the forecast for the next several days.
The gardens will love it!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Early Saturday morning in Bar Harbor.

Friday, August 5, 2016

The schooner "Heritage" heads up Somes Sound in Tuesday's great Parade of Sail.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Scenes from Tuesday's Parade of Sail up Somes Sound in celebration of Acadia National Park's Centennial.
It was a unique and spectacular event on a beautiful August afternoon!
Thank you to all who planned and all who participated!
Special thanks to the Mount Desert Police and Acadia Park Rangers for great crowd control work!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Winter Harbor Light yesterday afternoon.

Guess what? The summer is flying by, as usual, and we are now into August already! There might be a few clouds and showers around today and tomorrow, but almost all of the recent Mid-Atlantic rain has stayed to out south! So get out and enjoy the rest of summer before it's too late!

One way to do that is to take in the "Parade of Sail" scheduled tomorrow afternoon in Somes Sound from 2 to 4 p.m. Several large schooners from Camden along with yachts from the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass. and many yachts from the Mount Desert Island area will sail up the Sound in full dress to celebrate the Acadia Centennial! It should be quite a show - so don't miss it. Plan ahead to get good viewing spots!

Friday, July 29, 2016


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sunset over Bartlett's Narrows yesterday evening.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The traditional Polynesian sailing canoe "Hokulea" arrived on MDI Saturday and tied up at Williams Boatyard on Somes Sound. Her visit, part of a world voyage, honors the centennial of the National Park Service and of Acadia National Park, and celebrates the heritage of Native American tribes in Maine. "Hokulea" sails without the use of any modern tools of navigation. Her crew relies solely on ancient Polynesian knowledge of the stars, wind, ocean currents and waves!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Moonrise over Bald Porcupine Island in Frenchman Bay a few days ago.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Petit Manan Light on Sunday evening with developing fog after morning rain showers.

Petit Manan, located just off Schoodic Peninsula, is home to a number of sea birds including a significant colony of Atlantic Puffins. Schoodic includes a beautiful section of Acadia National Park and the Schoodic Research Institute.

Monday, July 18, 2016

A sly but hungry red fox looks for lunch in Pretty Marsh after morning showers yesterday.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

This sunflower is appropriately named for the warm, sunny days we have enjoyed recently!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Five A.M.

Monday, July 11, 2016

A wild turkey spotted in Pretty Marsh on Friday afternoon.
Wild turkeys have made a remarkable comeback on the island in recent years
to the point that they are becoming rather common - both as individuals and in large flocks!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sunrise at Long Pond on Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bar Harbor's only 4-masted schooner, "Margaret Todd", returns from a sunset cruise on Sunday.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Waterlilies are now in bloom on Duck Pond. (Betcha don't know where that is!)

Please drive safely - especially in or around Bar Harbor today.
Be patient and allow plenty of extra time to get where you are going.
The 4th of July is arguably our busiest day of the entire year!

Friday, July 1, 2016

This little female hummingbird was enjoying the warmth of the early morning sun on Wednesday.

Welcome to July! As usual, the summer days are flying by - so get out and enjoy the many things we have available to us at this time of year! Fall will be here before you know it, and you'll be wondering where the summer went!

Have a happy and safe Independence Day weekend! Bar Harbor will be wall-to-wall non-stop action!

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