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April 1 - June 30, 2012








Thursday, June 28, 2012


Hadlock Falls on Wednesday.

The recent rains have transformed Hadlock Falls from its usual trickle at this time of year into a full blown, beautiful waterfall! All of our many island visitors will be thankful to hear that brighter weather should return over the next few days and that the current forecast for the 4th of July is sunny and warm!

There are lots of special activities scheduled over the next few days. Get all the details on our Happenings page.



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Acadia Quarter
Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele speaking at the new Acadia coin ceremony today.

The U. S. Mint officially released a new quarter this morning honoring Acadia National Park and featuring Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on the reverse. A special ceremony was held under a large tent at the Park Visitor Center in Hulls Cove with a huge crowd in attendance. It was significant that many young school children were present along with several dignataries and more than a few coin collectors! The new Acadia quarters were available at face value to attendees immediately after the release ceremony concluded. It is also interesting to note that there was a steady rain despite the presence of Steve McKay, meteorologist for Channel 2 TV in Bangor, as emcee!



Monday, June 25, 2012

J. & E. Riggin
The two-masted schooner "J. & E. Riggin" out of Rockland at anchor in Bar Harbor yesterday.

Despite clouds and showers this weekend, the island seemed very crowded with visitors filling the trails and village sidewalks! And those crowds should only get worse as we approach 4th of July week - perhaps MDI's busiest time of the entire year! When you are out and about, remember to take it easy, slow down, be patient with others, and try to avoid the most popular areas between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Early morning and late afternoon are great times to see the sights and to take beautiful photographs!

The Island Explorer free shuttle bus service began its season on Saturday, and that is a wonderful, environmentally friendly way to get around without adding your car to already congested island roads!
For schedule and other information, click here.



Friday, June 22, 2012

Beach Roses

The beach roses (rosa rugosa) are in full bloom now - especially along the Cape Road and at Wonderland.
Check them out!

Our recent hot and humid weather should moderate starting today as a front brings a few showers and thunderstorms. Also, Legacy of the Arts ends this weekend with a big 2 day art show on the Bar Harbor Village Green. Things don't slow down, however, because Bar Harbor's Brass Week starts Sunday. Enjoy this active time of the year!



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Reflections

Mount Desert Island has long been a magnet attracting talented artists from around the world. Most of the appeal has centered around our dramatically beautiful land and seascapes. However, in recent years another scene has captured the attention of island photographers and painters - the bridge in Somesville! Shown above is a colorful 2012 watercolor view of that iconic bridge by noted Virginia artist Eric Fitzpatrick.
For more information on Fitzpatrick's work, click here.



Monday, June 18, 2012

Agamont Park
Bar Harbor's Agamont Park on a quiet June afternoon.



Friday, June 15, 2012

Windjammer
A windjammer out of Camden prepares to leave Seal Cove on Wednesday morning.

We have a great weather weekend coming up, and there are lots of activities on tap for you to enjoy! Bar Harbor's Legacy of the Arts week begins with some very popular outdoor music events scheduled almost every day. The steel drum band "Flash in the Pans" from Blue Hill will play in Agamont Park on Sunday evening. Two cruise ships should be in port on Sunday as well. Get the complete schedule on our Happenings page.



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wildflowers
Wildflowers in bloom along the Cape Road.



Monday, June 11, 2012

Buck
Yeah man...I'm cool, just laying around in this ol' blueberry patch! Life's good!

After last week's rain, we have some nice early summer weather ahead for the next several days. The tourists are here, the sun is out, and wildflowers are in bloom. Don't just be a lay about like our young friend shown in this photo.
Get out and enjoy it all!



Friday, June 8, 2012

Fog and Showers
Clouds, fog and showers...Oh My!



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

We couldn't let today pass without mentioning that an exceedingly rare celestial event will occur this afternoon. It will be a transit of Venus across the face of the sun, but unfortunately our cloud cover may prevent those of us in northern New England from having any direct viewing opportunity. Here the transit will begin shortly after 6 p.m. EDT and will continue until after sunset. Venus will appear as a small, black dot moving slowly across the sun's face. If the sun does emerge from the clouds, be sure NOT to look at it with your naked eye - you need to use a special solar filter on any viewing device or make a pinhole viewer to cast the sun's image on a piece of paper. More likely, you can view it live streaming online from a variety of sources. For more information and online viewing sites, click here.
Your next opportunity to see a transit of Venus will be in the year 2117.
We'll meet you then to check it out - same time, same place!



Monday, June 4, 2012

Beach Roses

We humans may not be too crazy about lots of rain over a weekend in June, but the wildflowers seem to love it! They suddenly can be found everywhere. Among the most beautiful right now are beach roses (rosa rugosa) and wild iris. Soon to follow will be lady's slippers, but they are quite elusive and often difficult to find. Keep an eye on the ground when you are out and about!



Friday, June 1, 2012

Hummingbird

"Help! Somebody get me outta here! I was just trying to take a little sip! What happened???
Hey, you ants out there - don't just wander about. DO SOMETHING!!!"

On a more serious note for our non-hummingbird viewers - WELCOME TO JUNE! And unfortunately, our first "summer" weekend appears to be rather wet. The weather forecast indicates a great day today, but showers tomorrow followed by some heavy rain on Sunday extending into Monday. That's too bad for our many visitors, as well as for the Blessing of the Fleet in Bar Harbor scheduled at noon on Sunday. However, you should be OK for the first Saturday of the Stewart estate spring bulb tour. For a list of events this weekend and beyoud check our Happenings page.



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sunday Sail
Sunday afternoon sail off Great Cranberry Island on Memorial Day weekend.

After a nice Memorial Day weekend, we have some unsettled weather this week. So far that has meant clouds, showers and thunderstorms, fog, and very cool temperatures!

The Acadia Birding Festival starts tomorrow and runs through the weekend. As most residents of MDI know, this is a great area for bird watching. We lie on the Atlantic Flyway at the northern end of the range for many southern birds and at the southern end of the range for many northern species. Get more information on our Happenings page.



Monday, May 28, 2012

Flag

Memorial Day 2012.



Friday, May 25, 2012

Apple Blossoms
It's apple blossom time.

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend - the unofficial start of summer! And the weather looks cooperative, although we may have some morning fog right here along the immediate coast.

As you drive around the island this weekend you likely will notice many old, knarled apple trees in full bloom. They add a nice bit of color to the woods and fields. But they also are reminders of some old farms and home places that exist no longer.



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spring Leaves
The colors of spring.



Monday, May 21, 2012


Tenders from the cruise ship "Maasdam" in Bar Harbor yesterday afternoon.

For the next six months there will be lots of activity around the Bar Harbor Town Pier. That's partly because the visiting large cruise ships must anchor outside the harbor and ferry their passengers in to Harbor Place using motorized life boats, or "tenders", like the one shown in the video above. These tenders, along with local fishing craft, tour boats, private yachts and smaller cruise ships, sometimes create congestion in the water similar to that on the sidewalks in town. If you like action, just ride over to Bar Harbor on cruise ship days!



Friday, May 18, 2012

Rhodora
The season's first Rhodora (wild azalea) in bloom yesterday evening.

Our recent rainy weather has ended with a sunny, warm weekend coming up. The rain also brought many wildflowers suddenly bursting into bloom. Check them out on roadsides, along trail edges, in wet areas, and even in your front yard! You won't be disappointed!

Tomorrow is the sidewalk craft sale and restaurant tasting in Bar Harbor. Plenty of people will be out enjoying that event, so head on over and help to kick off summer!



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Woodpecker

This male hairy (not downy) woodpecker was spotted trying to extract lunch from, of all things, a deck railing!
Needless to say, his efforts were unsuccessful!

The cruise ships return to Bar Harbor on Friday and again on Sunday. Along with them comes some great late spring or even early summer weather. Plus, the tourists are arriving in larger numbers every day, so get out and enjoy our all too short "season" while it is upon us!



Monday, May 14, 2012

Carriage Rides

There is a new attraction in Bar Harbor this season. Wild Iris Farms is offering carriage rides around town, and folks got a preview when the first cruise ship was in port a few days ago. So if you are driving in the village this summer, particularly on cruise ship days, don't be surprised if you find yourself behind a vintage carriage and two beautiful draft horses making their way up Main Street!



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It's raining today, and probably will be for the next couple of days. However, we thought you might want to see how things looked from Cadillac Mountain on Sunday evening. There will be many more such evenings coming up over the next few months, and those months pass very quickly, so take advantage of every opportunity to get out and enjoy our remarkably beautiful surroundings.



Monday, May 7, 2012

Supermoon Supermoon
SuperMoon on Saturday (left, through the trees) and Sunday (right, over the ocean)!
Hope you got out to see it!
(By the way, where are all the witches when you need them?)



Friday, May 4, 2012

Maasdam
Holland America's "Maasdam" at anchor Thursday on her first visit to Bar Harbor in 2012.

Bar Harbor's cruise ship season kicked off yesterday under cloudy, but dry, skies and relatively mild temperatures. The schedule so far indicates that we will see a total of 120 cruise ship visits between now and October 31 - a new record! Many of these ships are well known, including the huge "Queen Mary 2" which will be here twice, and the new residential ship "The World" which will be here three times.



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Painted Turtles
Two painted turtles catch some rays at Long Pond on Monday afternoon!

Tomorrow will mark the beginning of our cruise ship season with the arrival in Bar Harbor of Holland America Lines' "Maasdam". Streets will be crowded for the first time in about six months, and tour buses will be making their way around the island. Check it out if you get a chance!



Monday, April 30, 2012

Picnic
Picnic time is almost here, and the tables are ready for you!



Friday, April 27, 2012

Red Squirrel
Ahh!! Warm spring sun!

But that was yesterday! Our changeable Maine weather continues to live up to its reputation - we have rain this morning!

Spring is a time of renewal, and accordingly, you might want to read, or perhaps re-read, our section under the "Island Heritage" tab. Mount Desert Island is a very special place, not only because of its dramatic scenery, but also because of its unique history. Our traditions and our heritage make us who we are, and in large measure affect our special quality of life. Preserving this quality of life will require each of us to constantly renew a commitment to understand and respect our remarkable past.



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sunset

Stormy days sometimes lead to very dramatic sunsets, as can be seen from the photo above taken during our recent wet weather! Things continue to be somewhat unsettled for the next few days, so get out and take advantage of any sun to enjoy all the signs of spring!



Monday, April 23, 2012

Gulls

A potent storm moving up the east coast has gulls and other critters - including humans - hunkered down for the day. There is plenty of wind, and rainfall here could be in excess of 2 inches! That's OK though, because things have been abnormally dry so far this spring.

Don't look now, but our Happenings page lists the first cruise ship of the season arriving in less than 2 weeks on May 3! If the schedule stays as it is right now, Bar Harbor will have seen 120 ship visits by October 31 - a new record! We'll be listing them all about 2 weeks ahead, so check it out regularly, and run over to take a look from time to time.



Friday, April 20, 2012

Merchant Cabin

April showers may finally arrive this weekend! The weather forecast indicates rain starting Saturday evening and exxtending into the first of next week. We sure do need it! And remember - April showers bring May flowers!



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Crocus

The warm weather is back - at least for a few days. But with a mild winter and very little rain so far this month, our fire danger is extremely high, so be careful with any open flame and don't plan on burning brush. You won't be able to get the neceaasry permit!



Saturday, April 14, 2012


Click above to hear the special sound of our nocturnal spring peepers. These tiny frogs live in wet areas and only sing for a couple of weeks each year during mating season. The very high pitched "peeps" are from hundreds of peepers, while the lower croaks are wood frogs. This evening a bird adds to the chorus.



Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring Sunset
Another beautiful spring sunset.



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

BH Town Pier
Bar Harbor Town Pier awaits the start of "the season".

And it won't be long now! Acadia National Park announced today that the Hulls Cove Visitors Center, the Park Loop Road, and the Cadillac Mountain Road will all open this Sunday. Carriage roads are also open now for bicycles and foot traffic. Get out and enjoy these wonderful island assets!



Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Bunny



Friday, April 6, 2012

Bald Porcupine
Bald Porcupine Island.



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Elvers Nets
Elvers nets in Somesville.

Glass Eels
Glass eels.
(photo: glooskapandthefrog.org)

If you have driven through Somesville recently, you may have noticed the nets in the shallow water behind the library. They have been set by fishermen attempting to catch elvers or juvenile glass eels. That may not sound like a very exciting endeavor, but now it really is since elvers this week are fetching $2,000 (yes, that's $2,000) per pound at wholesale! The high price has caused some law enforcement problems as you might imagine - but it is a blessing for those elver fishermen who have seen far too many other fisheries struggle.



Monday, April 2, 2012

Otter Cove
Otter Cove as March comes to an end.

Let's see - it's April, the days are clearly getting longer, the snow is all gone, the sun is much higher in the sky, shops in Bar Harbor are beginning to open, and a few tourists are starting to show up! Birds are chirping, peepers are peeping, life is good, and summer is on the way!



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