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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!

Friday, June 30, 2017

There is a lot of activity in Bar Harbor right now - both in town and in the harbor. This photo from Wednesday morning shows the windjammers "Margaret Todd" and "Bailey Todd" docked at their pier; the Bar Harbor Whale Watch catamaran "Friendship V" leaving on her noon trip; Royal Carribean's large cruise ship "Anthem of the Seas" anchored offshore; a lobster fisherman coming in to load on more traps; and various small craft darting hither and yon! And just think - July begins tomorrow and the fourth is next Tuesday! The crowds are building - welcome to summer on Mount Desert Island!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This ill-tempered guy was spotted moving slowly along the edge of an unpaved fire road just after dawn yesterday morning. He is a very large snapping turtle measuring somewhere between 18 - 24 inches from snout to tail. You don't want to get close enough for exact length because snapping turtles are notoriously quick and flexible despite their usual slow, plodding pace! If you check out the lethal-looking 1 1/2 to 2 inch claws on his (her?) left hind leg, you can see why getting slashed with those weapons might not be very pleasant! Best to leave them alone!

There is an old adage that says "If you are unfortunate enough to have a snapping turtle bite your toe or your finger, he will not let go until it thunders." They do indeed have a grip - but a few thunder storms are in the forecast for later this week! Think you could make it?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Our recent unsettled weather has produced some interesting sunsets. Here are two of them:

Sunset (above) on Thursday evening.

Sunset (above) yesterday evening.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

More garden flowers - this one resides in a bed of beautiful marigolds!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wild daisies are in bloom everywhere right now.
They love the warm, humid weather and occasional showers!
Of course, so do the mosquitos and black flies!

By the way - do you ever wonder who is winning the battle for control of our planet?

Friday, June 16, 2017

The evening sky almost every day recently - but it often lasts less than one minute,
so pay attention and keep your camera close by!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Shoreline of a fresh water pond deep in the woods.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunrise at Long Pond yesterday morning. (Local time was before 5 a.m. - yikes!)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sunset over Bartlett's Island on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Marsh grass and lily pads at Duck Pond on a cool, cloudy evening in early June.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The sky over Long Pond last evening is a result of our continuing unsettled, cool weather pattern. Showers and sun are constantly alternating, with a few thunderstorms and below normal temperatures thrown in to keep things interesting. We should get more of the same over the next few days, but more summer-like weather may show up by the end of the week.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sunrise over Long Pond at 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Not too bad for a day forecast to be unsettled with showers!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bartlett's Landing shortly after sunset yesterday evening. The sun now sets after 8 p.m. and will continue to do so for the next couple of months, so get out and enjoy the extra daylight hours! But watch out for black flies over the next 4 or 5 weeks, and be sure to check for ticks when you come in - they are especially prevalent this summer!

This weekend we commemorate Memorial Day at a time of great danger and uncertainty for our country and for the world. In our opinion, now is the time to reflect upon those who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure the freedoms we enjoy, and to resolve that their deaths will not be in vain. The fact is that we all live on an increasingly small island in space from which there is no escape. We either must learn to live together in peace, or advances in military technology mean that we run the real risk of completely destroying ourselves and our so-called civilization. It is not possible to militarize our way out of this dangerous situation, and it is foolhardy to try - especially at the expense of almost every social, medical and educational program that makes life worth living! Do more than just wear a red, white and blue flag on your hat or sleeve this weekend. Go to a cemetery, place some flowers, and while you are there, think about the future you are leaving for your children and grandchildren.

Monday, May 22, 2017

This rhododendron has responded to our recent warm weather with a cascade of blooms!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Somes Pond very early Tuesday morning.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Recent rain has been good for the grass in Agamont Park in Bar Harbor.
The 4-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" is at her berth for the season.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Seal Cove Pond.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Recent reconstruction of the fish ladder at the southern end of Seal Cove Pond.
Heavy rains have caused whitewater flows on either side of the ladder.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The waxing Flower Moon early this morning.
Not many flowers yet, but we have had plenty of rain - and more is on the way over the next week.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Seal Cove at low tide this week.

Monday, April 24, 2017

First cruise ship of the season, "Amadea", in Bar Harbor yesterday.
Our cool, damp weather continues, but we may see improvement by late next week.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cranberry and Sutton Islands from Cadillac Mountain this week.

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017


The Acadia National Park Loop Road and the Cadillac Mountain Road opened for the season yesterday!
This view is to the north from near the summit yesterday morning.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April sunset last evening.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Seal Harbor Yacht Club a few days ago.

The snow is all gone now, and we seem to have turned a corner with warmer weather just ahead!
Mid-60's today!

Our first cruise ship of the 2017 season arrives on the 23rd - less than 2 weeks away!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thompson Island on Saturday.

Spring is trying very hard to come, but it's having trouble getting a grip!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Early spring at Pond's End on Long Pond.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bar Harbor's Agamont Park on Saturday.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Little Long Pond - a major part of the 1,000 acres given to the people by David Rockefeller on the occasion of his 100th birthday!

Monday, March 20, 2017



1915 - 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Despite our second blizzard in 10 days, activity was picking up in Northeast Harbor this afternoon as official spring is just five days away! Meanwhile, the blizzard on Tuesday was mixed with a lot of rain, leaving huge piles of solid ice everywhere. Be very careful when you are out and about - falling (unlike breaking up) is easy to do!

Monday, March 13, 2017

The nearly full, but waning, Wolf Moon setting this morning.

Another big snowstorm is in the forecast for tomorrow through Thursday morning! Winter is not quite ready to let go yet, and "March Hill" appears to be getting steeper!

Friday, March 10, 2017

The sky last night was forecasting some very cold and unsettled weather expected this weekend.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

In case you have been away or just don't get to Somesville very often, you may be interested in knowing that the proposed turn lane allowing north bound traffic to make a right turn at the Somesville light, has been funded. Construction began a couple of weeks ago! This new lane should significantly reduce summer traffic back-ups in Somesville.

Friday evening, March 3, 2017


The MDI High School Boys Basketball Team defeated Wells 59-39 at the Augusta Civic Center this evening to win the Maine State Championship! It was their first trip to a state championship game in 22 years!


Friday, March 3, 2017

A lobster boat on her mooring at Bartlett's Landing.
Spring is on the way, but we still have to "climb March hill" as old timers would say!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ice shacks are being pulled out as ponds around Mount Desert Island rapidly thaw in unseasonable warmth.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Upper Hadlock Pond was still frozen and wintry yesterday.
Serious melting is underway,however, as temperatures reached 55 degrees F today!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cadillac Mountain Road Bridge over Eagle Lake Road on a mild late winter day.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

For years, viewers have wondered how we at MountDesertIsland.Net get our super-accurate weather information. So far we have kept our secret carefully under wraps. However, after the current unprecedented series of blizzards, we decided to unveil our special Weather Rock. This sophisticated piece of space-age technology performs all functions of a common weather rock - wet (it's raining); white (it's snowing); etc. - but it also indicates the direction from which the weather is coming! Inquiring minds wanted to know - so now you do!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Anybody ready for a picnic along the shore of Blue Hill Bay?
There is a picnic table under there - you just have to brush it off a bit!

Monday Morning, February 13, 2017

We are currently in the middle of the second and much larger Blizzard of February 2017! This one is 48 hours long, starting late yesterday afternoon and not ending until tomorrow morning! We are forecast to receive upwards of 24 inches with high wind gusting to 60 mph! We appear to be about halfway there!

Check out these current views from our snow-bound world headquarters facility on Mount Desert Island:


Saturday, February 11, 2017

View yesterday morning after Thursday's blizzard.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A winter sky along the Cape Road.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Welcome to February! Where's that ol' groundhog?

After a beautiful and mild mid-winter day yesterday, we were treated to a very pretty early evening sky with the Moon and Venus clearly visible close together in the southwest. Mars was there also, forming the peak of a small triangle, but was not as easily visible until it was darker! There is always something interesting to see - just look up!

Monday, January 30, 2017

The shoreline of Western Bay doesn't look much like winter!
This shot was just a few days ago!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Still no snow - and our VERY unseasonably mild temperatures ccontinue! 40F yesterday as we near the end of January!

One TV meteorologist calculates that this January is averaging more than 8 degrees above normal! That's a lot!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This morning's ice storm caused treacherous driving conditions here along the coast and is producing a mixed bag of ice, sleet, freezing rain and snow inland! Schools, town offices, and some businesses are closed over a wide area of the state. Stay in and stay warm!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Island Moon this week.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Somesville one afternoon last week - doesn't look much like winter!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

King's Creek
No Snow - AGAIN!
Our roller coaster ride continues as unusually mild temperatures alternate with single numbers!
The weather here is almost as wierd as U.S. politics - but not quite!

Monday, January 9, 2017

The almost (Jan. 12) full "Wolf Moon" setting this morning after
a light 3-4 inch snowfall Saturday night.
Cold air (4 F)is back, but it's only temporary as rain is forecast for later in the week!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Round Pond was quiet but still mostly ice-free on Wednesday afternoon.
Ice fishermen are frustrated, because there is usually lots of activity on Round Pond in January!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The 4-massted schooner "Margaret Todd", operating out of Bar Harbor in the summer,
rests at her winter berth in Southwest Harbor.


Our weather is unusually mild for early January - and still no snow!
So whatcha gonna do? Maybe start planting the garden???

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