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Monday, May 4, 2015


View of Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain yesterday afternoon.

All paved roads in Acadia National Park are now open, including the road up Cadillac Mountain. Carriage Roads, however, are closed temporarily due to soft conditions that are typical after the spring thaw. They should dry out, firm up, and reopen within the next few days. Other unpaved roads remain closed until winter damage can be repaired.



Friday, May 1, 2015



If you are like most of us, about now we need to see something blooming! And you can! To celebrate the first of May, spring bulbs are up in several protected locations around the island, with more likely to show up after the warm weather predicted for this weekend. Look around - you can see spring!



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This rhododendron probably feels like our cool, blustery and damp weather is a big improvement, because until a couple of weeks ago it had been totally buried under 3 to 5 feet of snow for over two months! But these buds represent a degree of perseverance that we all would do well to emulate in our daily lives - and in a few more weeks they will burst into beautiful purple blossoms, just as they have done in many previous years following much milder winters!



Monday, April 27, 2015


Late April Sunset

Cold - clouds - showers - Oh My! Finding photo opportunities around the island is very difficult right now with the snow gone and unsettled weather every day! Things may improve by Wednesday, however, and hopefully these showers will bring lots of May flowers!



Friday, April 24, 2015

Despite our unsettled weather this week, it has been mild enough to melt the last traces of our snowy winter - at least at lower elevations! Some snow and ice still lingers on the mountains. And all around the island lobster fishermen can be seen hauling their traps down to the shore, loading them on their boats, and heading out to set them for the 2015 season! A few hardy tourists are beginning to show up as well, but the big influx is two or three more weeks away!



Sunday, April 19, 2015


Mill Cove yesterday.

After several bright, sunny days this past week, most of our heavy snow cover is now gone except for a few low lying, north facing spots like this one! Things in the weather department are about to go downhill, however, as rain is predicted for tomorrow night and Tuesday followed by showers for the remainder of the work week. At least we probably won't have to shovel it!



Thursday, April 16, 2015


Otter Cliff yesterday morning.

The Acadia National Park Loop Road did not open yesterday as originally scheduled due to heavy snow and ice remaining in many parts of the roadway after our record breaking winter. However, crews are hard at work with heavy equipment in an attempt to open soon. The Cadillac Mountain Road likely will take longer due to ice at high elevation. Thunder Hole is also closed to repair the visitor walkways and protective barrier walls. This work is scheduled to be complete by Memorial Day.



Monday, April 13, 2015


Elver nets in Somes Cove below the Mill Pond leading to Somes Brook.

It appears that we may have turned a corner in our pursuit of spring - temperatures this past weekend have been near normal (around 50F) for the first time in 3 months! Along with spring comes mud season and elver season. Elver season?? "What in the world is elver season?" some might ask.

Elvers are a little known fishery primarily located at the mouth of fresh water streams in downeast Maine. They are young American eels which are transparent at this stage of development and are known as "glass eels" or "elvers". They are considered a delicacy in many Asian markets, fetching the fisherman upwards of $1,900 per pound!

Elvers are catadromous, meaning that they spawn in salt water and migrate to fresh water lakes and ponds to live most of their life. Our elvers are thought to be born in the Sargasso Sea south of Bermuda and in the spring are found migrating up several streams on MDI to reach one of our fresh water lakes like Long Pond. The elver fishery is very tightly regulated because the eel stock is quite fragile. Also, because of their high monetary value, local law enforcement must be on the alert in communities where elver fishing is taking place. Fishermen who hold an elver license use fine mesh, funnel shaped nets known as "fyke nets" which are anchored in place in salt water at the entrance to a fresh water stream - operating much like a weir.



Friday, April 10, 2015


Western Bay and Bartlett Narrows from Trenton Bridge this week.

We continue under the influence of unusual cold weather which is still running 15 to 20 degrees below normal! Much of the East Coast to our south is finally getting warmer, spring-like temperatures, while we still have snow and gray skies. Conditions may start to improve a bit on Sunday and into next week, but melting our considerable snow pack will take more than a few days!



Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Round Pond after sunset on Sunday evening.



Monday, April 6, 2015

Whadda ya gonna do when you need a little shade in certain spots around your house and Mother Nature didn't provide it? Well, you could always dig up a full grown tree (Mother Nature's kinda slow, don'tcha know?), load it on a specially built oversize truck, hire security personnel, arrange for the county Sheriff Department to go along as an escort, and transport the tree 30 miles through several towns on narrow roads during morning rush hour! And in case one tree isn't enough, you could do this seven times! "Not gonna happen", you say? Think again, 'cause it did! This convoy filled the narrow street entering Northeast Harbor last Tuesday at 8:15a.m. causing school buses and others to be more than 20 minutes late for work and school! But hey - ya gotta do what ya gotta do
(and can pay for)!



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BREAKING NEWS:
At Least Two Polar Bears Spotted on Mount Desert Island!



Polar Bear at Somes Pomd!


Polar Bear at Northeast Creek!

At least two polar bears have been seen around Mount Desert Island in recent days! One was fishing from a small ice floe in the shallow southern end of Somes Pond, and the other was breaking through the sea ice at the entrance to Northeast Creek! Cars were stopped for hundreds of yards along both sides of Route 3 and the Pretty Marsh Road as startled local residents couldn't believe their eyes. The huge bears seemed much more inquisitive than threatening a lot like curious puppies but officials cautioned against any attempt to approach them. People are asked to report any new sightings to the proper authorities!

Wildlife biologists have never known polar bears to be in this area. Still, they acknowledge the loss of polar bear Arctic habitat due to climate change, and they speculate that the bears are moving south in search of more favorable conditions. This year's unusual cold and snow in Downeast Maine likely has been an attractive alternative to the warm,dry weather that was predominant in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

If these severe weather patterns continue in the future,
we just might have to get used to seeing polar bears in our backyards and roaming Acadia National Park!



Monday, March 30, 2015


Spring Sunset!



Thursday, March 26, 2015


Salisbury Cove earlier this week - the winter of 2015 continues to hang on despite a few rain showers today!



Monday, March 23, 2015


Babson Creek yesterday morning. Outside temperature - 12F; Wind - gusting to 40 knots!
Sounds like mid-January doesn't it?



Friday, March 20, 2015








Cold weather continues with both daytime and nighttime temperatures running about 20 degrees below normal! But the sun is high in the sky now, so clear days bring some melting which creates lots of
ICE!
Be very careful anywhere you walk, but especially around your house and driveway - those areas can be very slick and treacherous!
Most falls on the ice happen on your own property!

Believe it or not, today marks the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere! This cold has to retreat sooner or later, although there is little indication that will happen in the next two weeks!




Tuesday, March 17, 2015


One of three loons seen fishing this morning in Northeast Harbor.
They were seemingly oblivious to patches of ice in the water or to activity on the town dock!

And guess what! It's raining this afternoon with a change-over to snow predicted for tonight!
That won't bother those loons either, because they don't have to shovel it!



Saturday, March 14, 2015


View yesterday from Thompson Island Causeway toward Upper Frenchman Bay.

After some sun and a bit of a thaw this week, more snow is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow, although this time it should mix with rain here along the coast! Spring on the calendar may be just a few days away, but our winter of 2015 apparently is not over yet!



Thursday, March 12, 2015


Sea ice piles up along the shoreline of many coves around Mount Desert Island.



Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Full "Worm" Moon setting before dawn yesterday morning.
We were interested to discover that it was called the "Worm" Moon because the soil usually begins to loosen up a bit in March, and worm activity increases! Unfortunately, the worms are probably still pretty cold and lethargic this year!

Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time begins tonight (tomorrow morning) at 2:00a.m. EST.
Set your clocks AHEAD one hour!



Friday, March 6, 2015

Winter on the Maine coast brings more than just snow - it also can bring some spectacular sunsets,
like this one from last evening!



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bar Harbor has no monopoly on snow, as this afternoon's photo of Seal Cove clearly indicates!
After another couple of inches of snow overnight, the temperature today reached a balmy 43 degrees for the first time in weeks. Maybe we are starting to turn the corner, despite below normal cold predicted once again for the next two days.



Monday, March 2, 2015

Welcome to March! February 2015 is now in the record books (literally), and many people would say "good riddance"! But guess what - it's snowing again this morning, and even more is predicted tomorrow night into Wednesday morning! Temperatures continue to run below normal, but there are signs that things might improve starting next week!
Hope springs eternal! (There's that "spring" word again!)




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