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Saturday, May 28, 2016

In case you haven't noticed, Somesville has a new sign as you enter the village from the north on Main Street (Route 102). Installed this week, the attractive new sign identifies Somesville as a National Historic District and the first village on Mount Desert Island! Check it out!

Hard as it is to believe, Memorial Day weekend is upon us! The weather looks to be a mixed bag of sun, clouds and showers from time to time. Get out and enjoy the so-called "first weekend of summer", because the days pass by very quickly this time of year!



Wednesday, May 25, 2016


This Star Flower was spotted in bloom early today along a Carriage Road near Parkman Mountain.



Monday, May 23, 2016


Island Arts Association Craft Fair on the Village Green Saturday in Bar Harbor under sunny skies.



Thursday, May 19, 2016


Shadbush (wild pear) in full bloom around Hodgdon Pond yesterday.
These delicate and fragrant white blossoms won't last more than a couple of days!



Monday, May 16, 2016


Early morning sun on an unsettled day in mid-May.
Spring is having a hard time getting a good grip this year!



Thursday, May 12, 2016


It did not take the bumble bees very long to find this PJM Rhododendron,
as it just burst into bloom!

Cruise ship arrivals are beginning to pick up a bit with three of them scheduled to drop anchor over the next few days. Details on our Happenings page.



12:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2016


NASA photo of today's transit of Mercury across the face of the sun - time was about 10 a.m. EDT.
See entry below from earlier this morning.



Monday, May 9, 2016

Yesterday brought some much needed rain along with very cool temperatures as the wind was from the east
off our 40 degree ocean! However, this should set the stage for a mostly sunny and mild week ahead.

There will be a rare transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the sun today, and the clouds should break allowing us to see most if not all of it. Please do not look directly into the sun, as that could cause serious eye damage. For those of you in the Mount Desert area, Acadia National Park Rangers will be in the Hulls Cove Visitor Center parking lot from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. with telescopes using special solar filters. Another option would be to look at it online on Slooh or similar live astronomy sites. This happens just once every several years, so don't miss it!



Thursday, May 5, 2016


View of Long Pond from the Fire Road yesterday morning.
The unpaved Fire Road is not yet open to vehicles, but it provides a nice walk in the woods in early spring!
Winter blow-downs should be cleared and gates open by June 1.



Monday, May 2, 2016


The Holland-America cruise ship "Veendam" dropped anchor in Bar Harbor on Friday!
That marked the first of more than 120 such cruise ship visits scheduled for Bar Harbor this season!



Thursday, April 28, 2016


Our temperatures have been running 10-20 degrees below normal recently,
but that doesn't seem to bother these hyacinths spotted in a garden near the head of Somes Sound!
Warmer weather should return by the weekend.



Monday, April 25, 2016


Red maples are in bloom, more proof that spring is here!



Thursday, April 21, 2016


A large patch of Trailing Arbutus in full bloom yesterday along the Brown Mountain Carriage Road!
It seemed surprisingly early to us - but then 2016 has not been a normal year for either the weather or politics!
Today's high temperature could hit 70 degrees F!



Monday, April 18, 2016


Ocean Drive on a sunny weekend in early spring.

The Loop Road in Acadia National Park opened Friday, and the weather cooperated with abundant sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. It is still spring in Maine, however, and a few showers are in the forecast for early this week. Nevertheless, Acadia's Centennial Year is now officially underway with large crowds expected all summer - so hold onto your hat and enjoy the party!



Thursday, April 14, 2016


Seal Cove launch ramp waiting for "the season" to begin.



Monday, April 11, 2016


Northeast Harbor and the Asticou Inn last Thursday afternoon.

As is often the case around here, the weather seems to be main story on everyone's mind! The calendar and longer hours of daylight both say spring is here - but rain, fog and cool temperatures have dominated our forecast for several weeks. And while we received very little snow this past winter, there have been lots of significant wind storms recently causing frequent power outages and some property damage! All this is enough to at least give pause to even the most ardent global warming disbeliever!



Thursday, April 7, 2016


Bar Harbor's Shore Path ahead of yet another rain and wind storm starting this afternoon.



Monday, April 4, 2016


Great Head as seen from Ocean Drive last week.



Friday, April 1, 2016

This little crocus popped through the bare soil yesterday. Also yesterday, the wood frogs and peepers began their beautiful spring chorus in fresh water marshes, and the overnight temperature last night remained close to 60 degrees (F)! Despite some more predicted cold weather for next Monday and Tuesday, spring is here -
and that's no April Fool joke!



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

It finally is sunny again today, and Bar Harbor's Kebo Valley Golf Club is waiting for the spring green-up to begin! Unfortunately, we have more mixed precipitation on the way for the next few days. Maybe this recent weather pattern will break for good next week.



Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016





Thursday, March 24, 2016


Another unusual sunset after Monday's snowstorm started to clear out.



Monday Evening, March 21, 2016

After a beautiful, sunny weekend, the first full day of spring (today) brought Maine a significant snowstorm that deposited about six inches here on Mount Desert Island. Some parts of the state received as much as 10 inches, but storms like this one are unlikely to last very long. The ground has already thawed, the sun is very high in the sky now, and some rain showers are in the forecast for mid-week! Spring really is here!



Friday, March 18, 2016


An unsettled March sunset yesterday evening.



Thursday, March 17, 2016


Upper Frenchman Bay from Hulls Cove on a mild March afternoon.



Monday, March 14, 2016


Babson Creek and Somes Inner Harbor.

Sun, mild temperatures, no snow cover, and Daylight Savings Time all combine to make everything around the Island look and feel like spring! The Bar Harbor Inn is open for the season and a few hardy tourists can be seen strolling the nearly empty streets of Bar Harbor! The sun is still up at almost 7 p.m. Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are starting to poke through the bare soil in your garden, stretching from their winter nap and wondering why they were awakened so early! Changes will take place quickly now as more shops and hotels open and more visitors arrive.
Life is good!



Thursday, March 10, 2016


Do you know what this is?
And the answer is...several varieties of lichen on a glacial erratic (look it up).



Monday, March 7, 2016


Balance Rock off snowless Albert Meadow.



Thursday, March 3, 2016


Bear Island Light (off Northeast Harbor) a few days ago.
We are now into March, and the sun is noticeably higher in the sky every day!




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