MOUNT DESERT ISLAND CURRENTS
April 1 - June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A sailboat enjoys the sunset off Bar Harbor, framed by the upper deck of the coastal cruise ship "Independence".
It's hard to believe, but this upcoming weekend will mark the 4th of July! And, as usual, there are plenty of
visitors on the island to help us celebrate! High gasoline prices have not kept many folks away!
The weather appears to be in a cooperative mood, with
the early forecast for Monday indicating that it will be a sunny, warm day".
Monday, June 27, 2011
Speaking of unusual plants, the carnivorous Pitcher Plant is now briefly showing off it's strange umbrella shaped flower.
(The single flower actually looks like one of those alien machines from the classic movie "War of the Worlds"!)
Saturday, June 25, 2011
There are lots of wildflowers on MDI, and we try to pay attention to them. But the staff here at MountDesertIsland.Net
came across one yesterday afternoon that we had never seen before! It is a rather unusual and very showy member of the orchid family
known as Arethusa or "Dragon's Mouth". The plants are quite small - each has just one slender stalk about 6 to 8 inches high with a single bloom on top -
and they grow
in very wet sphagnum peat bogs. For both of these reasons, they are easy to overlook. (Few of us walk around in peat bogs!)
Perhaps 20 or 25 tiny flowers were discovered
in one relatively inaccesible location. We would tell you where to find
them, but that information must remain top secret for the safety of these fragile beauties!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Those predicted showers have arrived right on schedule, along with a bit of morning fog.
Our free summer shuttle bus - Island Explorer - began
running yesterday. To get the full schedule, click here, or click on the
link at the top of this page. It is a convenient
and environmentally friendly way to see Mount Desert Island while avoiding much of the traffic. And did we mention - it's free?
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Warm summer evenings are a great time to check out downtown Bar Harbor for people watching and perhaps
Our weather has been perfect for the past few days, but the forecast indicates that there
will be a few showers
Monday, June 20, 2011
"Flash in the Pans", a steel drum band from Blue Hill, playing in Bar Harbor on Sunday evening.
Agamont Park in Bar Harbor was the perfect setting for a summer evening outdoor music concert yesterday. The event kicked off a week of activities connected with the annual Legacy of the Arts celebration. Take a look at the schedule on our Happenings page and make plans to enjoy some of these fine programs!
The summer solstice arrives tomorrow in the early afternoon, marking the longest day of the year and the official start of summer!
Get outside and take advantage of it, because the days will begin gradually becoming shorter!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Island schools begin summer vacation this afternoon, and right on cue, we kick off a very busy week of
activities. Three cruise ships will be in port on Sunday, and Sunday also marks the beginning of Bar Harbor's
Legacy of the Arts week along with Bar Harbor Brass Week! Get the full schedule on our
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Lupine field on Beech Hill Road.
Lupine are not native to Mount Desert Island, and some consider them to be invasive. However, in our experience they are hard to transplant and
difficult to grow from seed unless one knows the secret (freeze them first). And to most people a prolific field of lupine in full bloom makes a
beautiful scene around the middle of June each year.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Wild (Blue Flag) Iris were in bloom this past weekend.
Rain, drizzle and fog - oh my! And more of the same is on tap for the next three days, along with much
cooler than normal temperatures! Ugh! At least the wildflowers seem to like it. Summer, where are you when we need you?
Friday, June 10, 2011
Lady's Slippers in bloom on Wednesday.
We have a relatively uneventful weekend ahead - probably for the last time until Labor Day, as various festivals and
other summer activities get underway in earnest by the end of next week, once schools are out! Unfortunately,
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Things are rather quiet around the island this week. We should begin seeing a lot more heat and humidity
starting this evening. Also, MDI High School graduation is on Sunday afternoon, with Awards Night tomorrow evening
Don't forget to check out the wildflowers! They are everywhere, and in profusion not seen for a couple of years!
Monday, June 6, 2011
Our recent cool and unsettled weather has had some positive aspects - the cloud formations have been quite
unusual and interesting. Still, we are all waiting for real summer to arrive! Hopefully, that will begin to
happen this week.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Three-Leaved False Solomon's Seal.
Now that June and some warmer weather have arrived, the wildflowers are starting to bloom everywhere.
The weekend promises to be a busy one. Tomorrow is National Trails Day, and there is a big Chevrolet Corvette rally coming
to the island tomorrow and Sunday. Also, the Acadia Birding Festival is in full swing.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The schooner "Margaret Todd" and a sea kayak tour enjoy Frenchman Bay on Memorial Day.
Monday, May 30, 2011
On this Memorial Day and everyday:
Friday, May 27, 2011
Rhodora (wild azalea) is blooming in marshy areas and along roadsides.
Here we are on the doorstep of Memorial Day weekend - the unofficial beginning of summer - and there
are many signs of it everywhere you look around the island. The cruise ship "Maasdam" is in port
today. Out-of-state license plates are becoming common once again. Bar Harbor streets are crowded. Shops
and restaurants are open. The Happenings calendar is growing much longer.
Even though we have some fog around this morning, make the time to get out and enjoy
our short "season". It passes all too quickly!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A red-tailed hawk on the hunt in a woodland clearing.
Mount Desert Island has always enjoyed abundant wildlife, but this spring our wild creatures seem to be out and about a lot more than in recent years! Maybe they, too, are anxious to get past the long winter!
Finally, today should be warm and mostly sunny, so get out and take advantage
of it. The upcoming Memorial Day weekend may see a few showers early, but Monday should be sunny for the
many scheduled observances. Check out our Happenings page for a complete list
of things to do.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Our spring rains have created some beautiful waterfalls around Acadia National Park. Hadlock Falls, shown above in a photo taken late last week, often runs at little more than a trickle!
As frustrating as our weather has been recently, it is nothing compared to the floods and tornadoes that
have been plaguing folks in the U.S. midwest and southeast, or the earthquakes that have destroyed so much
Friday, May 20, 2011
Rhododendrons are thriving on our wet and cool spring, providing an irrestible attraction for bumblebees and hummingbirds! We humans, on the other hand, are growing a bit moldy and badly need to dry out!
As the Memorial Day weekend is now less than two weeks away, our Happenings calendar
has started to expand rapidly, so you should have no problem finding fun things to do this weekend and during
the next several months! Tomorrow, you can check out some 45,000 spring bulbs in full bloom at the Stewart estate in
Northeast Harbor, visit the 2nd Annual Fiber Fair in Southwest Harbor, and sample some dishes prepared by
great restaurants in Bar Harbor. Don't let the clouds or possible drizzle keep you down!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Those of us desperately longing to see the sun again may have to be content with looking at this dandelion
for at least the next few days! It is round and yellow, you know, so use your imagination! The bees seem to like it!
Monday, May 16, 2011
The cool, rainy weather pattern affecting much of the east coast continues to pester us, but it doesn't seem to bother this bald eagle spotted yesterday fishing behind the Somesville library.
We are extremely fortunate that magnificent bald eagles have always found good clean habitat around Mount Desert Island, but they
seem to have become even more plentiful in recent years. Sightings several times a week are common -
especially if you know when and where to look!
Friday, May 13, 2011
Our cool and cloudy spring has many people around the island longing for better weather so they can
enjoy being outside. Kids want to go to a playground like this one in Town Hill. Adults, on the other hand, want to
start planting their gardens. Both have been somewhat disappointed this week as we have had a steady
cool and raw flow off the ocean. Today may see some improvement but clouds and showers are back tomorrow through
the middle of next week!
Despite the weather, there is a lot going on this weekend. The cruise ship "Maasdam" will be in port twice -
once today and again on Sunday. Also, tomorrow is the first day of the Stewart estate's spring bulb tour.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Cattle grazing along the Crooked Road earlier this week.
Monday, May 9, 2011
The hummingbirds are back!
Contrary to the forecast, we had a very pleasant and mostly sunny weekend. However, this morning an ocean storm is backing in toward us, bringing lots of clouds and a cool, raw wind. Hopefully, things will improve later in the week.
In past years, many people on the island bought bedding plants on Mother's Day weekend and began setting them in the garden
right away. But this year has been so cool and cloudy that folks don't dare to plant yet.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Lobster boats are starting to reappear on their moorings in harbors around the island, marking yet another sign of spring. But the weather apparently still hasn't received the word, as temperatures remain about 10 degrees below normal!
Several special events are on tap for this weekend. You'll have one more chance to see each of the two
spring plays presented by the MDI High School Drama Department. And the Acadia Choral Society will
present its spring concert tomorrow and Sunday. Get all the details on our
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Forsythia in bloom at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Lobster traps being loaded on Saturday morning in Bar Harbor.
Welcome to May! And it actually feels like May, despite some rather cool mornings yesterday and today!
The lobster fishing season is cranking up in earnest this week, with most fishermen actively setting up to 800 traps each. A few
hardy souls began in April, but the weather did not help them much this year! And now that our first cruise ship has arrived,
almost all of the Bar Harbor shops are open. Even a few out-of-state license plates can be seen
as you drive around the island. Spring is finally here, and apparently we will have a summer after all!
Friday, April 29, 2011
Cruise ship "Maasdam" in Bar Harbor this morning.
Today must be the official beginning of "the season", since the first cruise ship dropped anchor off Bar Harbor
Right on cue, the weather has improved significantly with sun breaking out
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A wild turkey searches for tasty morsels on Easter Sunday.
The weather may feel more like Thanksgiving than spring around here, but this turkey doesn't seem too concerned.
Shops in Bar Harbor are opening for the season in large numbers now with just two more days before
the first cruise ship of the season arrives on Friday. And the weather forecast
looks rather promising for increasing sunshine after tomorrow along with temperatures perhaps reaching the 60's by the weekend! Bring it on!
Monday, April 25, 2011
A mated pair of mergansers at Round Pond yesterday afternoon.
Spring is making valiant attempts to arrive this year; but cold, wet, and yes, even snow, continue to
hang around. Despite the "iffy" weather, there are several things worthy of note happening this week. The
first cruise ship of the season arrives in Bar Harbor on Friday. Also, Friends of Acadia will be
conducting its annual roadside cleanup on Saturday morning. And last but not least, the impressive
MDH High School Drama Department has two spring plays on tap starting this coming weekend. Keep up with
all of it on our Happenings page.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Twilight at Western Bay.
Happy Earth Day!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The occupants of this beaver lodge have been busy along Duck Brook.
It's hard to believe, but parts of Maine probably will get several inches of snow today! Fortunately,
we should see only rain here. So far, our
spring has been as cold, wet and stormy as the past winter was! Maybe some warmer
weather will finally arrive next week! We can only hope!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
The ice is out, and this osprey is keeping a watchful eye for unsuspecting fish in Somes Pond.
Next week is school vacation week. It also is National Park Week, and Acadia Park has a list of activities planned that should be of interest to the entire family. For more details, check our Happenings page. Unfortunately, the weather forecast for the week leaves a bit to be desired, but there still will be opportunities to get outside and enjoy the early spring after a long winter!
By the way, the Acadia National Park Visitor Center in Hulls Cove and the Park Loop Road all opened for
the season today. Carriage roads, however, have been closed to all use, including foot and bicycle traffic, for about
two weeks until the road surface dries out. It is mud season, you know, and just walking on the soft road surface can
do considerable damage!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
More signs of spring are popping up everywhere - like this pussy willow spotted along the shore a
couple of days ago. Also, many homeowners can be seen outside in the afternoon raking their lawns to get rid of winter debris.
Monday, April 11, 2011
After a beautiful early spring weekend, we are seeing some April showers today. They
should continue off and on for a good part of the upcoming week. Still, it is becoming more clear
that this year's harsh winter is behind us - finally! Trees and shrubs are budding, the birds are
chirping, peepers are peeping, and forest animals are once again on the move.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Daylilies sprouting along the seashore on Wednesday afternoon.
(Are these the proverbial "green shoots"?)
We have yet one more unusually cold morning today, but the forecast indicates that we might finally turn a corner toward warmer, more spring-like weather starting tomorrrow! Let's hope!
You have another chance this weekend to see some great live theater. It's Acadia Community Theater's
production of "Godspell" starting tonight and running through Sunday. Get all the details
on our Happenings page.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Brown Mountain Gate Lodge.
When John D. Rockefeller, Jr. built Acadia's beautiful carriage road system, he also constructed two large stone gate lodges to control access to this system. Today these lodges are used as seasonal residences for Park personnel and are rarely open to the public. One of those rare opportunities occurred a few days ago when alert readers were able to visit the Brown Mountain Lodge on what seems like an equally rare sunny Saturday morning! Things like this pop up from time to time, and we try to make you aware of them on our Happenings page.
That rare sun is back with us this morning and should remain for the rest of
the week. The recent snows are melting once again, and hopefully, spring is not too far away!
Monday, April 4, 2011
Is this January or April? You won't be able to tell just by looking!
Our April Fool snowstorm on
Friday deposited over 5 inches of snow and sleet, making travel very difficult into Saturday morning.
However, with lots of sun yesterday and a high temperature in the mid-forties,
Eventually spring will arrive. It's now less than one month before the first cruise ship of the season is
Friday, April 1, 2011
An offshore island farm ready for spring earlier this week.
Most of our snow had melted prior to today, but we are currently being socked with yet another major
snowstorm - and that's no April Fool's joke, although many wish it was! The
weather forecast calls for more than six inches of heavy, wet snow even right along the immediate
coastline with substantially more just inland! The good news is that it should not last long, and temperatures are expected to rebound into
the 50's by Tuesday!
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