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Friday, July 29, 2016


T.G.I.F.



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!)

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY
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!



Wednesday, June 29, 2016




A proud loon family with new babies on Long Pond early Monday morning.
Their haunting calls echoed over the still water for more than an hour.



Monday, June 27, 2016


An active Bald Eagle nest on Black Island in Bule Hill Bay on Saturday.
Note the head of a young eaglet partially visible just above the edge of the nest!

Bald Eagles have made a remarkable comeback here in recent years, and now they are spotted regularly all around the Mount Desert area including Blue Hill and Frenchman Bays. This eaglet above may seem relatively small today, but it will grow rapidly, eventually becoming large enough to force its adult parents out of the nest until their big baby fledges!

Our weather over the past weekend was about as perfect as it ever could get! We hope you were out enjoying it, and that any doubts you might have had about summer were firmly put to rest!



Friday, June 24, 2016

Unsettled weather earlier this week brought a couple of widely scattered showers and some pretty cloud formations to the island each day - mostly in the afternoon. That all seems to have cleared out now, and today has been wall-to-wall sunshine with warm, summer-like temperatures. The forecast for this weekend is more of the same. If that holds, and we think it will, this upcoming weekend should be the best so far in 2016! Get out and take advantage of the sun and long days - on the water if you can, because the wind is expected to be light out of the southwest!



Wednesday, June 22, 2016


A beautiful early morning on an island farm! Gettin' up early is easy to do in June!

We have just passed the Summer Solstice, so today will be the longest day of the year, and our much anticipated Summer has officially begun. After a slight chance of showers this afternoon, the weather forecast is predicting sunny mild days and clear nights right through the upcoming weekend! Get out as often as you can to enjoy this spectacular time of the year here on the gorgeous Maine coast! You need to be intentional about it, because summer days always fly by too fast, and you don't want to be left wondering where they went!



Monday, June 20, 2016


Sunrise over Long Pond on Saturday.



Thursday, June 16, 2016


Otter Cliff on a hazy day last weekend.



Monday, June 13, 2016


Clouds, cool temperatures, and spotty showers continue to dominate our weather.
The wildflowers, trees, long days and tourists all say summer is here, but...



Saturday, June 11, 2016


Many wildflowers are suddenly starting to bloom, and you can see them almost everywhere you look.
It usually happens like this each year! A slow, cool spring becomes full summer almost overnight!
Enjoy this beautiful season!



Wednesday, June 8, 2016


It's Lady's Slipper time - these beautiful but fragile wild orchids are now in bloom.

A NOTE OF CAUTION
There have been two fatalities in Acadia so far this year - the lastest was yesterday when a man attempting to photograph the sunset slipped and fell off a 40 ft. cliff near Thunder Hole. Remember - while Acadia is spectacular, it also is very dangerous. Be extremely careful around rocky cliff areas and stay off wet rocks which can be unexpectedly slippery. And - never turn your back on the ocean when taking photos! A rogue wave can easily and suddenly wash you away! There are lots of visitors here this Centennial year - let's all use common sense and make the rest of our season safe.



Monday, June 6, 2016


Counting and tagging alewives last week at the fish ladder to Seal Cove Pond.
These remarkable diadromous fish return from the ocean in the spring each year
to spawn in fresh water lakes where they were born.



Thursday, June 2, 2016


Rhodora (wild azalea) in bloom now at Seawall.



Monday, May 30, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY 2016

REMEMBER - REFLECT - RESOLVE



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!




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