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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To our hundreds, perhaps thousands, of loyal followers who have undoubtedly been lying awake at night pondering Monday's question: we don't want you to be too tired to eat turkey tomorrow, so here is the answer:
It is the unusual and historic horse watering trough in the middle of Route 3 at Seal Harbor! The bronze spout is -
- a seal!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2015

OK kids, it's pop quiz time! Do you know where this is (and what it is)?
Hint: Like all of our other photos, it is somewhere on MDI.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another November sky - this time at Bartlett's Landing.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Eagle Lake yesterday morning. It must be November!

Monday, November 16, 2015

View of Bartlett's Narrows from the Trenton Bridge a couple of days ago.

Friday, November 13, 2015


Those of us who are fortunate enough to live on MDI sometimes take for granted many things that make our little island such a special place. The spectacular scenery is hard to ignore, but that is just a part of the story. Mount Desert Island is also home to three major non-profit conservation and research organizations whose collective activities touch millions of people around the world. When you see them, be sure to tell these folks that you appreciate what they do!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Their sacrifice - Their service - On conflict - To end war

Monday, November 9, 2015

Closed for the season.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Round Pond a few days ago.
Relatively mild weather continues this week, unlike last year when we had a 13 inch snowfall on November 2!!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Welcome to November!
Early morning on Somes Sound brings stark beauty this time of year.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Somesville's Mill Pond and Somes Sound on a frosty late October morning.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jupiter (on top), Venus (brightest) and Mars (much fainter on lower left)
in conjunction before sunrise this morning.

If you are into Astronomy, or even if you are not but follow this website, you know that there have been some big celestial doings so far this year. And this week we have yet another - three planets lined up in their respective orbits about one hour before sunrise. We probably will have clouds for the next couple of days, but if skies clear, you should still be able to see them as late as Monday! It's worth taking a look, because this won't happen again until 2021!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Late October sunset panorama.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Many people have noticed that old apple trees scattered around the island are loaded with fruit this fall. The same has been true for cranberries, blueberries, winterberries, and probably other similar fruiting plants as well. Some attribute it to our long cold winter last year, but whatever the reason, you might want to take advantage of this bountiful harvest by making such delectable treats as this beautiful, homemade apple pie! Some dishes also can be easily frozen, and the holiday season will be upon us before we know it!
But try not to eat all of your work in one sitting!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"The falling leaves drift by the window...the autumn leaves of red and gold!"
Frank Sinatra

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Lead male runner, Michael Crouch of Chicopee, MA.
and lead female runner, Leah Frost of Glover, VT.
as they passed through Somesville (mile 21) this morning.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Cruise Ships are still in Bar Harbor almost daily until the end of October!

Welcome runners!

Tomorrow is the Mount Desert Island Marathon with the race starting at 8 a.m. in Bar Harbor and the course passing through Otter Creek, Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, and finishing in Southwest Harbor. Watch out for runners in the roadway as you drive around the island - slow down and yield them the right-of-way.

If you are entered in the race - Good Luck and Be Careful!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Early Monday morning at Beech Cliff.

Monday, October 12, 2015

They're still here!
This great Blue Heron was fishing in Pretty Marsh a couple of days ago!

Today is Columbus Day, and unlike this heron, many of our seasonal visitors will be leaving us. However, the MDI Marathon is next Sunday, and it draws runners from all over the country, so restaurants and lodging establishments will remain busy. Also, the cruise ship season has 2 more weeks to go, keeping Bar Harbor streets crowded until the end of the month!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The four-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" and the two-masted schooner "Halie & Matthew"
on their moorings in Bar Harbor this week.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A cool, calm morning as we reflect on summer and prepare for fall!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hurricane update - it now looks like Joaquin will be a complete "no show" (thankfully). Sunshine and cool temperatures should describe our weather for the next several days. This is a perfect time to get out and enjoy Fall in New England! Our hardwood trees are just beginning to show a bit of color!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Projected track of Hurricane Joaqquin as of Friday morning.

It has been a while since we saw a hurricane in this area, but forecasters have been watching that possibility early next week. Right now, the storm track appears to have shifted more offshore, bringing us high ocean swells and perhaps just a few showers - but you should keep a close eye on any changes.

Wednesday's heavy rain also brought unexpectedly strong winds here along the coast, causing many power outages on Mount Desert Island. Most were restored by late Wednesday evening, but lots of individual lines on private access roads remained out Thursday morning. Our recent mild days can lead to a false sense of security. Big storms often happen in the Fall, so be prepared!

Monday, September 28, 2015

In case you didn't see it - or even if you did - here are two photos of the Super "Harvest" Moon last night in total eclipse!
It was quite a sight!

Nearing totality.

Lunar eclipse in totality - a "blood moon".

Friday, September 25, 2015

Summer's swan song as fall closes in!

A major celestial event will occur Sunday evening.
It will be a total lunar eclipse PLUS a full "Harvest" Super Moon! The forecast here is for clear skies, so the viewing should be great! The earth's shadow will first touch the moon shortly after 9 p.m.EDT and will gradually move across until it totally covers the moon at about 10:45 p.m. Continuing to move across, it will be completely past by about 1:15 a.m. The best time to look would be between 10:30 and 11:00 when the Super Moon should appear dark red in the earth's shadow! Don't miss it! You won't get another chance for many years!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A last reminder of summer at Duck Pond.
Today marks the Autumnal Equinox and the first day of fall in the northern hemisphere.

It has been very dry, and water levels are low! Recent sunny days have been nice, but we need some rain!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor at high tide.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Southwest Harbor launch ramp and Beal's Lobster Pier yesterday morning.
Another beautiful, unseasonably warm, late summer day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Early morning at the Somesville Bridge.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The cruise ship "Seabourn Quest" at anchor in Bar Harbor this morning
after a female passenger apparently fell overboard and drowned yesterday evening off Cape Ann, Massachusetts.
The ship was enroute to Bar Harbor from Boston on the beginning of a 10 day trip to Montreal.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September Sunset at Bartlett's Landing.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Early morning mist drifts over Hodgdon Pond.

What a beautiful Labor Day weekend we had - but that all appears to be changing as warm, moist air from the south brings fog, showers, and muggy conditions for the next few days. We can't complain though,
beacuse we badly need the rain!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Somes Sound on Labor Day weekend 2015.

Friday, September 4, 2015

View from Salisbury Cove yesterday.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September sunrise over Long Pond yesterday morning.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The almost full "Sturgeon" Supermoon as it appeared Sunday night/Monday morning - one day late.
(Full moon was Saturday night.)

Monday, August 31, 2015

A large chartered sailing yacht at anchor in Frenchman Bay off Bar Harbor this weekend.

It's the last day of August! Yikes! Where did the summer go? Island schools open tomorrow. Tourists with children are rapidly being replaced by retirees and cruise ship passengers. Labor Day is very late this year, but it is coming up this weekend, along with the Blue Hill Fair.

We are reminded of Judy Collins' beautiful 1968 folk song: "Who Knows Where the Time Goes".

Friday, August 28, 2015

A secluded fresh water shoreline.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A foggy evening last Sunday in Bar Harbor.

Humidity and high dew points in the mid-70's have combined to make the past few days quite oppressive around Mount Desert Island. Together they have also produced fog in Bar Harbor and other ports on the south and east sides of the island as the warm air flow has been from the southeast off the ocean. Relatively few island residents have air conditioners because they are rarely needed when hot days are usually cooled by an afternoon sea breeze, but most of us would welcome an air conditioner right now! Hopefully the recent pattern will break by mid-week!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Reflections of summer on Long Pond.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Great Blue Heron fishes in a Round Pond marsh on another hot afternoon earlier this week!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Loons on Long Pond early yesterday morning - the beginning of what turned out to be a very hot day!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The cruise ship "Maasdam" and the two-masted schooner "Natalie Todd" as seen from Compass Harbor last Friday.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bass Harbor on a beautiful August day yesterday!

In case you haven't noticed - there are lots of people here on the island right now! This week is probably the very peak of our very busy 2015 tourist season! Drive carefully - and be patient! Expect the unexpected - it probably will happen!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Early morning at Pond's End - before the crowds!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Bar Harbor's Shore Path yesterday evening.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Have Gun; Will Travel?

You see some unusual things in and around Bar Harbor during the summer months, and the above photo certainly qualifies for membership in that category! This pickup truck, complete with a large replica (we hope) sixgun mounted prominently in the bed, was spotted parked on the Bar Harbor town pier early yesterday morning! Is our society obsessed with guns, or what? Go figure!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Dawn at Thompson Island earlier this week.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bar Harbor Inn at sunset last weekend.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Who? Me? Eating your flowers? Nah - you know I wouldn't do that!
I was just smelling their sweet fragrance! I've been good!

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