MOUNT DESERT ISLAND CURRENTS
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Venus and Jupiter in conjunction yesterday evening.
If you looked to the western sky yesterday evening shortly after sunset, you probably saw something not seen by any person on Earth for the past 2,000 years! The planets Venus (brightest) and Jupiter (above Venus) were in VERY close conjunction! Fortunately, the predicted cloud cover did not materialize early, so this dramatic and unusual celestial event was visible here for about one hour from 9 to 10 p.m. EDT. We hope you saw it, because the photo doesn't do it justice!
Jupiter is actually much larger than Venus, but it looks smaller in this photo from Earth
Monday, June 29, 2015
Bikes in Bar Harbor!
Everyone knows there are usually lots of motorcycles in Bar Harbor during the summer, but few have seen this many parked in one lot at the same
time. There were more on the streets and in other areas around town!
Thursday, June 25, 2015
On a rainy and windy Tuesday, the only swimmers on the float at Pond's End were wearing feathers!
By this late in June, there are usually plenty of sunbathers and swimmers every afternoon at Pond's End on Long Pond. This year, however, has been
an exception with below normal cool weather continuing through the upcoming weekend!
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Round Pond on Monday evening as unsettled, cool weather began to move in.
Monday, June 15, 2015
It's Lupine time! Even though Acadia National Park considers it to be not native and invasive,
Lupine is still pretty to see across open fields and along roadsides around the island in mid-June!
Friday, June 12, 2015
Fog lifting over Bartlett's Island on Wednesday afternoon.
As the old saying goes: "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a minute!" That certainly has proven to be true over the past
couple of days! Early week cold and clouds suddenly gave way yesterday to bright sun with temps reaching 80F! Sounds great, but heat and humidity
brought out the mosquitoes and black flies (you know - those little black flying attack bugs with sharp "teeth" and voracious appetites!). We guess
we sound just like everyone else! The weather is never perfect - it's always too cold or too hot, too wet or too dry, too humid or too buggy, and on
and on and on! Let's all try to do a better job of enjoying our unique island home, which really is beautiful in all kinds of weather
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The coastal cruise ship "Independence" at the Bar Harbor Town Pier on Sunday afternoon.
Are you ready for a startling and somewhat unpleasant statistic? Well, as of last night, we have not seen a single day so far in June where the
temperature reached or exceeded normal! In fact, we have been averaging 15 to 20 degrees colder than normal for our daily highs, and around 5 degrees colder
for nightly lows! It has often been said that historically, Maine has had snow in every month of the year! We hope that doesn't happen in 2015!
Monday, June 8, 2015
Somesville Mill Pond yesterday morning.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
It's Lady's Slipper time!
Look around in the woods for these beautiful wild orchids, but take care - they are very fragile!
Monday, June 1, 2015
Flowering Shad (Wild Pear) in bloom at Hodgdon Pond.
WOW! It's June already! Time flies when you're having fun! The cool, showery weather that moved in yesterday and continues today isn't much
fun, but that should all be gone by mid-week. The tourists are here and summer is underway!
Saturday, May 30, 2015
A gull soars over Seawall with a few showers on the way.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
A warm early summer evening in Bar Harbor last Sunday.
Monday, May 25, 2015
MEMORIAL DAY 2015
REMEMBER - RESPECT - REFLECT - RESOLVE
Saturday, May 23, 2015
MDI High School students and Librarian Davonne Pappas have produced another video designed to encourage use of the library for many educational
purposes. Entitled "Rather Be at the Library", this music video is a parody of the popular song "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit, and highlights the role of
today's libraries in facilitating student research projects. It was much more complicated to produce than the first video released a few months ago.
If you want the full backstory behind the creation of this most recent video, Chris Popper of local radio station WDEA posted an interesting
interview on the WDEA website. You can see that interview by clicking on the image below.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Late Afternoon
David Rockefeller, Sr. announced today a major gift of 1,000 acres encompasing Little Long Pond and surrounding land in Seal Harbor to the Mount Desert Island Land and Garden Preserve. This property is one of the most scenic on MDI. For many years it has been extremely popular with hikers and horse owners who are seeking beauty and serenity. On the occasion of his upcoming 100th birthday, Mr. Rockefeller is making this gift to all who love this special part of the world which he and his family have been so instrumental in preserving.
Little Long Pond as photographed about two weeks ago
and featured on MDI.Net on May 11.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Hadlock Falls yesterday morning.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Rhododendron in full bloom yesterday after our unusually hard winter!
Friday, May 15, 2015
Activity has been picking up this week in Northeast Harbor.
Believe it or not - Memorial Day Weekend starts just one week from today!
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Agamont Park with light fog over Frenchman Bay as our recent "unsettled" weather continues.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Little Long Pond in Seal Harbor three days ago.
After several days of mild spring weather (well deserved, we might add), it looks like there will be clouds, showers and cooler temperatures on
tap until Wednesday or Thursday. "The season" clearly is getting underway, however, with most shops and restaurants now open and plenty of tourists in
Bar Harbor! Hold on to your hats, because 2015 is shaping up to be a very busy summer!
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Red maple blossoms at sunset.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
View from Cadillac Mountain toward Cranberry, Little Cranberry, and Suttons Islands on Sunday.
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
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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,
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