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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!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The new "Blue" moon as it began a few days ago.

In case you haven't heard - the full moon tonight and tomorrow will be a "Blue Moon" - meaning that it will be the second full moon this month! Lots of clouds and showers have been around our area lately, often obscuring interesting things happening in the heavens above. Hopefully, tonight will prove to be an exception so you can see this relatively unusual and beautiful celestial event!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Unsettled weather continues with evening showers and fog.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Our recent unsettled weather is bringing dramatic sunsets.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A relatively rare Purple Fringed Orchis in full bloom along the Brown Mountain Carriage Road this morning.
These beautiful members of the orchid family are very fragile, and we are aware of only a few existing in Acadia.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sunset off the Bar Harbor Town Pier late last week.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Making hay along the Crooked Road.

Monday, July 13, 2015

No, this is not a boating accident! The four-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" slowed traffic this afternoon in Hulls Cove as she sat high and dry on the gravel beach. One advantage of our 10-12 ft. tide range is that it provides local mariners an opportunity to intentionally ground their vessel at high tide and then do any required underwater maintenance during the following low tide! "Margaret Todd" was safely afloat again just a few hours later!

Friday, July 10, 2015

One frequently sees unusual watercraft of all kinds around harbors on Mount Desert Island during the summer months, but this one is quite unique! Our first thought was that it might be a type of floating "food truck" specializing in lobsters and other seafood. Our second thought was that it is a really cool "party boat"! Turns out that it is both and neither! It is a floating lobster dealer named Crabtree Lobster which buys from local lobstermen, sells both wholesale and retail, offers pick up and delivery, and has operated out of Blue Hill for the past 14 years. And yes, in a former life she was a party boat in Connecticut! We spotted her flying the "Jolly Lobster" at the Seal Cove launch ramp this morning!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A quiet harbor at the northern end of Somes Sound on a sunny, early July evening.

Monday, July 6, 2015

This Pirate float was one of many entries in Bar Harbor's Independence Day parade on Saturday.
The parade along with music, food, fireworks and beautiful weather brought huge crowds to the island!

Friday, July 3, 2015

The full "Strawberry" moon rising over Seawall.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day weekend!

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
because it is so much farther away from us!

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