MOUNT DESERT ISLAND CURRENTS
Monday, May 20, 2013
Despite our recent stretch of dry, cool weather, there still are blooms to be found if you know where to look! On the left is a domestic PJM Rhododendron which can be seen in many gardens around the island. On the right is the wild Flowering Shad (or wild pear) which blooms very briefly in the early spring woods.
Our rainfall shortage may be eased somewhat this week as showers are expected at least through Friday. The full moon
will occur on Friday, so after that we should be OK to plant (assuming the black flies will let us)!
Friday, May 17, 2013
A golden carpet leads to the stone barn.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Spring has sprung at the Smith Family Farm on the Crooked Road.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Fog over Eagle Lake on Saturday as seen from Cadillac Mountain.
We finally received some much needed rain over the weekend, and that rain came with dense early morning and late afternoon fog. The Cadillac Mountain Road opened for the season on Saturday, providing some interesting views of the fog banks which were spilling over the mountains and blowing up the valleys far below. Surprisingly, the summit of Cadillac was fog-free, although there was still a considerable high cloud layer.
The remainder of the Park Loop Road will open this Friday, followed by the Hulls Cove
Visitor Center which opens next Sunday. Sunshine should return today and be with us off and on during the remainder
of the week along with
Many local residents are anxious to start planting their gardens, but the time-tested rule of thumb is to wait until after the last
full moon in May. This year that full moon will occur on May 25.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Fog over Sand Beach and Great Head on Wednesday.
This is a scene you won't encounter very often - a fog bank hanging over Sand Beach and around Great Head while Otter Cliffs
and the rest of Ocean Drive bask in bright sunshine! Ya gotta love Mother Nature, and she is always
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Fog has started to creep in over the last two evenings, probably marking the end of our spectacular run of sunny weather. In the photo
above, the fog actually moved in off the ocean Monday afternoon before sunset,
Monday, May 6, 2013
Holland-America Cruise Line's "Veendam" anchored in Bar Harbor yesterday on a sunny but cool day, marking the first cruise ship visit of our 2013 season!
By the end of October, Bar Harbor will have hosted 135 such visits from approximately 23 different ships!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sunrise over Long Pond earlier this week.
Thursday,May 2, 2013
Echo Lake earlier this week.
Our sunny, warm days and cool nights just keep rolling along - but we deserve it after the cool, wet days of
Monday, April 29, 2013
Long Pond at sunrise today.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
A red maple tree in bloom this morning.
FINALLY!!! Spring seems to have arrived - kicking and screaming perhaps, but it arrived nonetheless!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Believe it or not, there are a few little flowers trying desperately to bloom despite our cool, wet Spring this year!
Monday, April 22, 2013
This little guy was spotted Saturday trying to get warm on a woodland path near his fresh water marsh.
Friday, April 19, 2013
The sounds of Spring on Mount Desert Island.
Spring peepers are back! In case you haven't heard them yet this year, or if you have never heard the wonderful chorus produced by
these tiny frogs in concert with the other inhabitants of our northern fresh water marshes - here they are!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Never give in! Never give up! Never forget!
Pray for the victims, their families, and all of the heroic first-responders.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Stormy, unsettled weather such as we have been experiencing lately can be a real drag for those of us waiting for spring to
finally arrive! However, clouds often produce some interesting sunsets like this one from last night about 7 p.m. Always remember to
look up when you are out and about!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
So what's up with the snow? It's mid-April already! Fortunately, the forecast looks a bit better for
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
It may come as a surprise to most of our viewers, but if you have a good pair of binoculars and know where to look, you can see the wind
turbines at First Wind's new Bull Hill Project in Eastbrook from Mount Desert Island!
Monday, April 8, 2013
Schooner Head Overlook yesterday morning with Egg Rock in the background.
The snow is gone, but spring is still struggling to arrive!
Friday, April 5, 2013
We are not the only ones waiting for spring! Good browse is hard for this doe to find right now.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Remember the old seafaring navigation rule: "Red Right Returning" - but that's not an absolute guarantee of safety!
Monday, April 1, 2013
Despite the rain this morning, summer-like weather has FINALLY arrived! The forecast for tomorrow and the rest of
the week shows bright sunshine with temperatures in the upper 70's during the day and in the middle 50's overnight!
Friday, March 29, 2013
In recognition of the upcoming Easter weekend, here is a photo of sunrise over Bar Island in Bar Harbor
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sunset last Thursday evening.
The weather may not be so hot (sadly, no pun intended), but our sunsets continue to be beautiful!
Speaking of sunsets - we have so many on file that we decided to create a new page with
Friday, March 22, 2013
Acadia National Park officials have announced that, due to budget cuts mandated by the sequester, many visitor facilities will
open a month later than usual this year. The Park Loop Road, Cadillac Mountain Road and the Hulls Cove Visitor Center are now
scheduled to open on May 19 instead of the usual April 15 date. In addition, hours at the Visitor Center will be reduced, and there
will be fewer ranger-led programs this summer. Carriage Roads, hiking trails, and the short section of the Loop Road to
Thunder Hole will remain open as they are all year. Year-round visitor information will continue to be offered ar Park Headquarters on
Route 233 at McFarland Hill.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Spring snow yesterday and today!
March 20 may mark the first day of Spring, but it certainly is not apparent from looking out our window!
Monday, March 18, 2013
Waiting for spring....and another snowstorm!
Friday, March 15, 2013
In spite of our recent weather ups and downs, the days are clearly becoming much longer. We already
have gained over 3 hours of daylight since December 21. The photo above shows a welcome view to the west on Wednesday at about 6:30 p.m.
with the sun still above the horizon! By June the sun will not set until after 8:30 in the evening and daybreak will arrive around
4:30 in the morning!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Is this your driveway?
Ah-h-h, mud season! Don't ya just love it?
Now where did we put those pontoons?
Monday, March 11, 2013
Late winter / early spring sunset last weekend.
Finally, it appreas that our weather pattern is changing with warmer daily highs and milder
overnight lows! That means spring may be on the way after all! But it also means "mud season", and if you live in Maine, you
know more than you want to know about "mud season"!
Friday, March 8, 2013
Waiting for spring and "ice out".
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
An immature bald eagle keeps a close eye on some open water at the outlet of Seal Cove Pond yesterday.
Today marks one full week of "unsettled" weather, which has meant almost continuous rain and snow showers
along with temperatures relatively steady in the low 30's and plenty of clouds! Yuk! The forecast
indicates more of the same for the next two or three days followed by a most welcome return to some sunshine.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Another inch or two of "flurries" this morning.
This stalled weather system is beginning to get a bit "te'jus"!
Friday Evening, March 1, 2013
Tired of snow yet?
At least our steady barrage of "flurries" today did not produce flakes this big!
What is that old adage
"In like a lion, out like a (dare we say it) lamb"?
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The full "Snow" moon at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.
With yet another winter storm heading up into the Gulf of Maine, the current "Snow" moon is particularly appropriate.
Monday Evening, February 25, 2013
A single point of light on a black background?
Well - not exactly.
This is a photo of the International Space Station as it passed over Acadia National Park at 6:20 this evening.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 5:15 p.m.
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT UPDATE
The MDI High School boys team lost the Eastern Maine Championship game
this afternoon to Medomak Valley by a score of 56 - 50. It was an exciting game with MDI ahead by 6 at the half. Despite the loss today,
MDI had a great season! Congratlations to Medomak Valley on their first championship since the mid-1980's!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Bar Harbor Village Green in February.
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT UPDATE
The MDI High School boys team won their semifinal game last night against Presque Isle 51 - 40. They will now face Medomak Valley on Saturday for the Eastern Maine Championship! Unfortunately, the MDI girls team lost to Presque Isle on Wednesday afternoon 62 - 48. Congratulations to both teams on a great season.
The Class B Boys Eastern Maine Championship game is scheduled
for 3:45 Saturday afternoon at "The Mecca", and
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
An old barn in Seal Cove.
Our second weekend blizzard in as many weeks produced plenty of wind and temperatures in the teens, but not very much snow. We received perhaps 3 to 4 inches, but that's hard to measure with the high winds and extensive dirfting! Snowfall was a bit heavier away from the immediate coast.
In another "believe it or not" moment, our weather continues to offer surprises with temperatures
in the 40's and a half inch of rain expected tonight! Go figure! Maybe spring is not too far away!
Saturday 4:00 p.m., February 16, 2013
And in the "Can You Believe It" category - we are under another Blizzard Warning for tomorrow and tomorrow night!
This time it should not be quite as bad as last weekend, but 4 - 8 inches of snow driven by 55 knot winds appears to be a likely scenario! So
what is it with all these windstorms we have been experiencing over the past several months?
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