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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!



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


Iris.



Saturday, June 20, 2015


Brothers



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
(or bug conditions).



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!




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