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Monday, October 23, 2017

Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor at low tide this past weekend.

Our weather has continued to be fantastic, even for October which is usually one of our most pleasant months! It has been sunny for many days, with daytime temperatures running in the low 60's F and temperatures at night in the upper 40's F. The extended period with no rain has caused some to worry about their wells going dry, and local ponds are as much as 2 feet below normal, but overall there have been ample opportunities to get outside and enjoy fall on the beautiful Maine coast.

Some rain is in the forecast for this week, and the last of this season's cruise ships will visit over the next couple of days - then things slow down dramatically until next spring!



Thursday, October 19, 2017

The weather continues to be pleasant - cool and sunny! But after October 15, activity in Bar Harbor - particularly on the water - begins to wind down noticeably. Some colorful leaves remain, however, so there is still time to get out and enjoy October in downeast Maine!



Monday, October 16, 2017

Off the Long Pond Fire Road a few days ago. The color has intensified since then and is quite brilliant in spots -
so get out and enjoy it before the leaves are all gone.



Friday, October 13, 2017

Hodgdon Pond on Wednesday morning.
Our fall foliage seems a bit muted this year,
but at least the weather here has been lovely with no hurricanes or wildfires.



Monday, October 9, 2017

No, we haven't gone away or neglected or duties over the past week! We just felt that the post from last Monday was important enough and timely enough to warrant a full week on top of our website. If you saw it, we hope that you take it to heart - and if you did not see it, you still can by simply scrolling down on this page.

Our cruise ship season is continuing in full swing. The photo above is the very large "Regal Princess" at anchor in Bar Harbor last week. We will have two or three ships of this size in port every day until November 1 when the season will end until next April or early May!



Monday, October 2, 2017

The mother of all selfies...
this is a photo of us and our home from the NASA spacecraft DISCOVR in July two years ago. The distance was about one million miles - very close, considering the relative distances in our solar system and in space generally!

Does it make you think about anything? Well, it should, because we and our home are under serious threat right now from many directions - most notably the threat of nuclear war and the threat posed by rapid global warming. We fight with and take advantage of our fellow inhabitants. We think short term and claim to look out for ourselves.

So - if our home becomes uninhabitable for any reason, where are we going to go? Are you really ready for this grand experiment with human habitation on an isolated rock hurtling through the void to be over?
What are YOU going to do about it?
Hum-m-m.



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Patches of color are starting to show up in the woods, and wet areas are leading the way! Tomorrow is October 1, so peak fall foliage here on the coast is still about ten days away! The sudden cold snap Wednesday evening that dropped temps from near 90F early in the week to near 40F last night should hasten things along just a bit. Meanwhile, get out your woolies, but keep those shorts handy for an expected warm-up next week!



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

View northwest from Beech Cliff yesterday - upper end of Somes Sound in background.



Monday, September 25, 2017

Southern end of Tinker Island in Blue Hill Bay.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Late afternoon at Seal Cove earlier this week.

Lots of changes coming up this week. Tonight is the new moon, often known as the "dark of the moon". Taking advantage of the new moon, the Acadia Night Sky Festival begins tomorrow and extends through Sunday. The "Star Party" on Cadillac Mountain Saturday evening should be spectacular! Check it out! And - Friday afternoon will mark the September, or Autumnal, equinox. That will be the official first day of Fall in the northern hemisphere.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

A panoramic photo of clouds spun up our way from Hurricane Irma early last week. We might see something similar in the week ahead as Hurricane Jose could back into us after meandering all over the western Atlantic.
Keep a ""weather eye"!



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sunrise over Somes Pond yesterday morning.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

White, puffy clouds were especially beautiful yesterday afternoon. Later these clouds brought heavy dounpours along with small (pea size) hail! We assume these unsettled conditions were, at least in part, caused by the presence far to our south of the massive hurricane Irma! Our thoughts are with those in Irma's path as she moves through south Florida today!



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Marsh at the southern end of Hodgdon Pond.

We have received a bit more than an inch of badly needed rain since Tuesday evening, and there are a few more showers around this morning before we see partially clearing skies. If you look closely, there are some leaves beginning to show a little fall color, but our foliage here on the coast won't be very dramatic until the end of the month with the peak usually around October 8-10.



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sunset on Labor Day 2017.

Can you believe that we are already past Labor Day? Many of our summer visitors have left to begin fall activities, and while the next six weeks usually bring our best weather of the entire year, the air is definitely a bit cooler and the rest of this week is forecast to bring us some badly needed rain showers.

Cruise ship visits to Bar Harbor will be dramatically increasing, and older visitors who don't have school age children will arrive in anticipation of fall foliage! The season still has plenty of action left - so enjoy it!



Saturday, September 2, 2017

This lobster boat slipped in behind the public float and dinghy dock to tie up at the Northeast Harbor Town Pier. Low tide further complicated the situation, but the Town Dock has small electric hoists that make loading and unloading fishing gear or any other heavy items much easier - especially at low tide!

Don't look now - but it's September already, and local schools are open!
Where does the summer go?



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Everything in the sky has been even prettier than usual over the past two weeks!
Summer's last fling! Get out and enjoy it!



Friday, August 25, 2017

After sunset Wednesday evening.
The sky has been especially colorful recently!



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A very red sunrise this morning. Should sailors take warning?

August is flying by with what seems like incredible speed, and Labor Day is less than two weeks away! Weather patterns are gradually changing as fall looms ahead! While it is a bit sad to see summer go, locals know that the next six or eight weeks are usually the best of the entire year, so get out and enjoy them! Life is short - eat dessert first!



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunrise at Thompson Island last Thursday.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

It is not unusual, but interesting nonetheless, to see large sail and power boats visiting Bar Harbor at this time of year.
A few days ago this huge ketch was spotted at anchor well outside Bar Harbor very near one of the large cruise ship anchorages. It was way out there undoubtedly because it's length and draft were too great to safely come in closer to the town pier!

There are still plenty of visitors here as we approach the last half of August, but this week may be the last hurrah for families with children, because many schools will start around the country over the next two weeks!
Don't look now, but fall is just around the corner!



Monday, August 14, 2017

Interesting cloud formations yesterday afternoon as the weather slowly but surely begins to change.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

A tranquil pond in the early morning before sunrise.



Monday, August 7, 2017

Firey sunrise on a foggy morning a few days ago.



Friday, August 4, 2017

Evening along the Cape Road at Seal Cove on Wednesday



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Windjammers return to Bar Harbor on Sunday evening after their sunset cruises.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Main Street in Bar Harbor last night.

It's the last day of July - WOW! There are lots of people on the island right now, and the weather has been near perfect for a vacation along the beautiful Maine Coast! This is the time of year when it is fun to stroll the streets of Bar Harbor on a warm evening just after sunset to "people watch", get some ice cream, and sit in the park! Don't be tempted to stay home after dinner - you can do that all winter - just say "NO" to the "tube" or to Netflix and get outside!
You'll be glad you did!



Friday, July 28, 2017

Sunrise this morning over a foggy Long Pond.

We are now in the middle of summer and the weather looks like it will be great over the next few days - so, as we have said many times before - get out and enjoy this wonderful time of the year, because it will be over before we know it!



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The moon was beautiful last evening just after sunset - it was a new "fingernail" moon!



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fresh water reeds.



Monday, July 17, 2017

Here is one photo of this morning's unusual sunrise.
To see the rest of them: click here or see the link above.




Friday, July 14, 2017

Yet another beautiful July sunrise this morning shortly after 5 a.m.

The air was cool - a bit below normal - causing "sea smoke" on the water and in the sky!



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Early morning fog in mid-July.



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor this week.
It's summertime, and the livin' is easy!



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wild water lilies are in bloom. Look in just about any shallow pond.
If you listen while you look, you also may be serenaded by a frog chorus!



Monday, July 3, 2017

A beautiful July sunrise this morning just before 5:00 a.m.

The fourth of July is upon us, and as we have said so often over the years - Labor Day will be here much sooner than you think! Summer is beautiful, but fleeting, here along the Maine coast - so make a point to enjoy each and every day!

Tomorrow will be Bar Harbor's busiest day of the entire year. The crowds will be huge and something will be happening literally all day from 6 a.m. through midnight! Traffic patterns will change for the day, and the Island Explorer changes its route to help reduce congestion. You can get the information you need here on this website - (Happenings and Island Explorer pages) - but the most important thing is to be patient and expect the unexpected! Drive slow, be safe, and enjoy this special day! And while you are at it, think long and hard about what REALLY needs to be done if we hope to preserve and revive our beautiful country! We are in big trouble and we are the only ones who can fix it!




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