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July 1 - September 30, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Lobster Boat
Low Tide.

We have experienced some very low tides recently to go along with great early fall weather. Things are about to change, however, as the forecast calls for rain over the upcoming weekend followed by much cooler temperatures.
Fall foliage color is advancing a lot more rapidly now. Check it out by clicking here.

The grand "Queen Mary 2" will be visiting Bar Harbor today, so if you haven't seen her before you might want to make time to take a look!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

View of Mount Desert Island from Sullivan yesterday afternoon.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Queen Elizabeth
The "Queen Elizabeth" in Bar Harbor on a foggy, wet Saturday.

Our weather lately has felt more like late August than late September! Warm, humid air has created lots of fog over the cooler ocean water. These conditions are expected continue for the first half of the upcoming week with more fall-like temperatures coming by Friday!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Somesville Bridge

Although it doesn't seem like it yet, today is the first official day of fall! Warm, muggy and wet weather is espected to continue off and on through the upcoming weekend. We have been surprised to see very little color in the woods so far, and it appears that peak fall foliage might be a bit later than usual this year.
You can check the progress statewide by clicking here.

Tomorrow the new "Queen Elizabeth" cruise ship, launched just last year by Cunard Lines, will make her maiden visit to Bar Harbor. You might want to head over that way and check it out.
She is expected to be at anchor from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wild Ducks
Bottoms up!
There are three mallards in this photo. Can you find all three?

Two significant events are coming up this weekend. First is the September equinox on Friday, when the sun is directly over the equator, and fall officially begins. Second is the Acadia Night Sky Festival which celebrates our great good fortune to be largely free of light pollution and thus able to see the vastness of the universe with your naked eye.
Get all the details for both events on our Happenings page.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wild Aster
A sure sign of approaching fall, wild asters are in bloom along the Crooked Road.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Long Pond
View of Long Pond from the fire road.

We have our first real touch of fall in the air this morning with temperatures in the low 40's and a bright, blue sky!
The forecast indicates that warm days and cool nights should be with us right through the middle of next week,
so get out and enjoy the best time of the year!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Spotted Touch-Me-Not
A relatively unusual and beautiful wildflower, this Spotted Touch-Me-Not is growing in a wet area near the ocean.

Monday, September 12, 2011    3:00 P.M.


Arcadia Visits Acadia!
P & O Line cruise ship "Arcadia" from Southampton, England in Bar Harbor this afternoon.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Egg Rock
High surf pounds Egg Rock in Frenchman Bay.

The cruise ship season in Bar Harbor is now moving into high gear. Three were in port yesterday, and today will mark the maiden visit for "Arcadia", a stylish and traditional P & O Lines vessel from England. If you get the chance,
drive over and check it out!

Friday, September 9, 2011

High Surf

A high surf warning has been issued for coastal Hancock and Washington Counties, including Acadia National Park.
10 - 15 ft. waves are expected due to Hurricane Katia passing offshore. Please be careful while near exposed shorefronts from this morning through tomorrow morning. Unexpectedly strong waves could break suddenly and sweep you into the ocean with dire consequences. Take proper precautions and stay well away from the rocky ocean edge!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Speaking of unusual yachts showing up in Bar Harbor, "Enticer", a classic 85 ft. Trumpy motor yacht built in 1935 was at the town pier in fog and drizzle yesterday afternoon. There aren't many of those still around!

Showers continue here this morning, but things should begin to clear later today leaving us a sunny and dry weekend!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day Weekend in Bar Harbor.

Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2011

Mirabella V

Mirabella V
Sailing Yacht "Mirabella V" at anchor off Bar Harbor on Saturday.

Bar Harbor is often the destination for large and unusual yachts. This Labor Day weekend, the huge S/Y "Mirabella V" was spotted at anchor in Frenchman Bay. "Mirabella V" is the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world. She is 247 ft. long, has a mast height of 292 ft. and a draft of 33 ft. with her swing keel fully down! "Mirabella V" was completed in 2004 for Joseph Vittoria of Palm Beach and was available for charter at US$250,000 - 400,000 per week. She has many luxury features including a gymnasium, a sauna, a swimming pool and 2 elevators, one of which goes 200 ft. up the mast. "Mirabella V" was recently sold to a private owner who plans a significant refit!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Moose on the loose...uh, moose on the roof!

Bar Harbor's moose, located high atop Geddy's Pub on lower Main Street, is an unmistakable reminder of warm summer evenings in this resort town.

After five days of great weather following Hurricane Irene, it looks like a few clouds and showers might be around for the Labor Day weekend. There still should be enough sun to enjoy the Blue Hill Fair - one of Maine's best traditional agricultural events heralding the end of summer!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bar Harbor

Hurricanes like Irene often bring significant destruction, and our thoughts are with all of those in the northeast who are suffering through record floods, as well as with the 55,000 families in Maine that are still without power this morning. On the brighter side, Irene dissipated all of the atmospheric energy in the eastern part of the country, leaving us four or five days of bright sunshine and low humidity. The photo above was taken on Monday afternoon and shows Bar Harbor from the summit of Cadillac Mountain with crystal clear air and visibility of over 100 miles!

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Hotel
Construction on Ocean Properties' new West Street hotel in Bar Harbor.

Irene moved past us yesterday evening as a Tropical Storm well to our west. We had some rain and plenty of wind, but fortunately there was little damage. This morning is sunny and breezy, but the wind should calm down by noon.
The rest of the week is forecast to bring clear skies with lower humidity - perfect late summer days!

As you can see from the photo above, the new hotel being built on West Street in Bar Harbor is really starting to take shape, with most of the steel in place by the end of last week. Traffic on West Street in the vicinity of the Town Pier has been disrupted a bit, but one lane remains open most of the time.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Goodnight Irene. Goodnight Irene.
Stay only in our dreams!

Hurricane Irene continues its march up the east coast. She currently is projected to pass through New Hampshire and along the western Maine border with Quebec. While she may weaken quite a bit over land, we still should expect high winds and soaking rain from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. Take proper precautions. Boatyards around the island have been very busy hauling many pleasure boats since mid-week. Storm surge may be an issue for some low lying areas as we are near a period of astronomical high tides.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Water Lily
Another sign of late August - water lilies are blooming in ponds all around the island.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bog Cotton Bog Cotton
Bog Cotton (Eriophorum).

Here's a relatively unusual plant that you perhaps may not have seen before. It is known as "Bog Cotton" or "Cotton Grass", and it grows about 18 inches tall on a single slender stem in acid peat bogs. The "cotton" is actually a seed, and it will blow off in the wind to establish a new plant. Once again, the incredibly varied habitat found in Acadia National Park never ceases to amaze us.

A strong cold front is passing through this morning, bringing relief from the hot and humid days of late last week. The rest of this week should be mostly sunny with highs in the 70's.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Guess what this sight means. Summer is winding down! :o(

Goldenrod typically begins to bloom around the middle of August and, along with the wild blue aster, signals that summer is coming to an end! We still should have lots of great weather ahead though, if the past is any guide. Most locals consider September and early October to be the best time of the year!

For all of you jazz fans out there, the Bar Harbor Jazz Fest is now underway and will last through Sunday. There will be plenty of free music at several outdoor venues including the Village Green and Agamont Park. Check it out on our Happenings page, or just show up at these locations around 7 p.m. each of the next three evenings.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Yesterday was a rainy day - unusual for mid-August. Still, days like that often end with a beautiful sunset, and it certainly was the case late last evening, as you can see from the photo above taken about 7:30 p.m.

Our forecast shows nice summer weather both today and tomorrow before a few more showers arrive for the weekend. Get out and enjoy while you can!

Monday, August 15, 2011


Many large motor yachts visit Bar Harbor and other Mount Desert Island ports during the summer months. The luxury M/Y "Rena" was at the pier in Bar Harbor this weekend. She is registered in Bikini, is 145 feet long, is operated by a crew of seven, has five guest staterooms and four jacuzzi baths, among other amenities and toys.
You can charter her for a mere $105,000US per week!

It's mid-August! Do you know where your family is? (Hint: they probably are in Bar Harbor like everyone else!)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thunder Bay
The 140' U. S. Coast Guard Cutter "Thunder Bay" in Bar Harbor yesterday afternoon.

Anyone who has driven around Mount Desert Island or been to Bar Harbor this week will not be surprised to hear - Hey, there are a lot of people around right now! If you like crowds, get out and join them.
If not, just remember that January is not too far away!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August on Frenchman Bay.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Marigolds and Ganzanias

Rain yesterday and today may not be the norm for August, but the flowers seem to like it. Our weather for the week looks like sun returning tomorrow and then more rain on Wednesday into Thursday.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Bar Island Bar
The bar leading to Bar Island at low tide on Thursday morning.

In case you haven't noticed, our tides have been exceptionally high and low this week. The new moon was on Saturday, July 30, and the resulting tides for the past few days have been running about 12 1/2 feet above and 1 - 1 1/2 feet below Mean Low Low Water. This is a range of around 14 feet, while our normal range is between 10 and 12 feet. The effect of an unusually low tide is perhaps most obvious at the gravel bar connecting Bridge Street in Bar Harbor with Bar Island, as you can readily see in the photo above.

Music lovers will want to make time this weekend for the Mount Desert Summer Chorale Concert. You can get all the details on this and other events on our Happenings page.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Margaret Todd
The 4-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" sails among islands in Frenchman Bay.

Thankfully, the strong lightning and thunder storms of early Tuesday morning seem to be behind us - at least for the immediate future. Several major house fires were sparked around the state, including one on the Indian Point Road in Bar Harbor. Our forecast indicates typical summer weather for the rest of the week with slightly cooler temperatures.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain yesterday afternoon.

Welcome to August - the prime month for "Vacationland".
Sun and warm temperatures prevailed over the past weekend and are continuing this morning. With plenty of visitors around to enjoy it, roads and vilage streets are VERY crowded, so be careful when you are out and about.
The name of the game right now is "patience"! Take a deep breath!

Friday, July 29, 2011


Wild blueberries are ripe now all around the island, particularly at higher elevations. Unfortunately, our very hot, dry weather has made the quality of this year's crop less than spectacular. Our weather forecast indicates than we might get some showers overnight tonight and into the day Saturday. That might help a little, but some soaking rain is probably needed to pump up the late season berries and to reduce the presently high danger of forest fires.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wild Violets
A wet cliff face beside one of Acadia's carriage roads.

The end of July is rapidly approaching (sigh), but August is straight ahead - usually our busiest month of summer.
Take advantage of it while you can, because "time flies when you are having fun"!

The next few days will provide your last opportunities to enjoy the Bar Harbor Music Festival until next year. Sunday is also the last performance of Acadia Repertory Theatre's current production "44 Plays for 44 Presidents". A new show begins next Tuesday. Get the details about these and other events on our Happenings page.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lobster Boat
Lobster boat working in Frenchman Bay off Bar Harbor.

Friday, July 22, 2011


All of our recent heat and humidity may be hard on people, but the flowers in our gardens love it - provided, of course, that they get the proper amount of water and other regular care! Certain wildflowers thrive in these hot conditions as well, so keep your eyes open along trails and roadsides!

Remember, you can see some beautiful gardens in top condition on Sunday during the West Side Garden Tour. Tickets are available at the Southwest Harbor Library and at the gardens on Sunday. All proceeds benefit the library.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sea Kayaking on Frenchman Bay.

Our weather continues to be sunny and hot - perfect for some type of activity on the water. Sea kayaking has become an increasingly popular way to cool off while seeing some spectacular scenery and wildlife at the same time.

Don't forget that coming up on Sunday you can enjoy the West Side Garden Tour. This special event is only held every other year, and all proceeds benefit the Southwest Harbor Library. In addition to beautiful flowers and landscapes,
you will have the opportunity to see talented artists at work in each garden.
Tickets are available at the library and at the gardens.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Sunday
A warm summer Sunday morning in Bar Harbor's Agamont Park.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Margaret Todd

We have another very busy mid-summer weekend coming up. This will be your last chance to see Acadia Repertory Theatre's production "The Mystery of Irma Vep". It is surprisingly campy, funny and full of fast costume changes! The Bar Harbor Music Festival is beginning to wind down with only a few more concerts on their schedule. And this is Flamingo Festival weekend in Southwest Harbor where you can enjoy good food, a parade, sales, and fun for all ages. Get all the details and make your plans on our Happenings page.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A bagpiper plays on the Bar Harbor Village Green.

Buskers are not as common around Bar Harbor as one might think, given the large crowds in town at this time of year. However, they are seen from time to time, and this bagpiper entertained lots of folks lounging in the grass on a recent sunny and warm afternoon.

For many more opportunities to enjoy good music, check our Happenings page.

Monday, July 11, 2011


Warm weather combined with showers Saturday morning have made flowers and foliage around the island seem especially lush. These delicate ferns were spotted growing on a shady and wet cliff face beside one of Acadia's beautiful carriage roads. When you are out and about, be sure to keep your eyes open, because often the smallest scenes are even more interesting than our grand landscapes!

The weather this week should be very summer-like with plenty of sun and temperatures reaching into the 80's!
Only a few minor showers are expected, perhaps tomorrow evening. Enjoy!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Island Explorer

Almost everywhere you go around the island right now, you are likely to encounter large numbers of visitors! Roads and parking areas are especially crowded. One solution to all of this congestion is to use the free Island Explorer shuttle bus. Save gas and help protect our environment at the same time!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Bar Harbor 4th

This is the day set aside each year to celebrate and give thanks for the many freedoms that we enjoy as a (relatively young) nation. When we watch parades and fireworks; when we grill hot dogs and hamburgers; when we watch baseball or go to the beach; let us also remember that our freedom comes with considerable responsibility. If you are interested, there is a new post about this subject on MDI Blog. You also might want to reread, in full context,
The Declaration of Independence to discern it's true meaning. Have a safe, happy and thoughtful 4th of July!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mary Day
The windjammer "Mary Day" out of Camden prepares to leave Seal Cove yesterday afternoon.

Here we are on the doorstep of what, arguably, is the busiest weekend of the year on Mount Desert Island -
the Independence Day holiday! Adding to the festivities, today is Canada Day,
and we wish all the best to our Canadian neighbors!

There will be a lot going on during each of the next four days, but the real heavy activity will be on Monday, July 4. For a complete schedule, click on our Happenings page. You would be well advised to give some advance thought to where you might park if you are planning to attend either the Independence Day Parade or the fireworks show. Traffic is always a problem in Bar Harbor for those events, and your best bet will be to either take the Island Explorer free shuttle bus or expect to park well outside the center of the village (at perhaps Emerson School or West Street Extension) and walk in. Whatever you decide to do, have fun and be safe!


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