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July 1 - September 30, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Queen Mary Bridge
The Bridge/Pilot House on Cunard Lines' famous "Queen Mary 2" in Bar Harbor this past Monday.

After several sunny and cool early fall days, we have some wind and rain in the forecast throughout the upcoming weekend and extending into Monday. YUK! Try to stay warm and dry - maybe now will be the time for that first fire in the ol' woodstove!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Sky
The change of seasons often brings unsettled weather like these clouds over Long Pond on Monday.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Crystal Symphony

Sunday was another big cruise ship day in Bar Harbor with three ships in port. Today will mark the first of two visits this season for the 1130 ft. "Queen Mary 2". If you haven't already seen this huge ship, head down to the Town Pier and take a look!

Friday, September 21, 2012


Living in an area where the tide range is 10 - 12 feet or more can be a significant advantage when you need to work on the hull of your boat below the waterline. In a maneuver known as "careening", the boat is driven slowly onto a beach or beside a pier at high tide and secured so that the hull rests safely on the bottom and is exposed when the tide receeds. This provides a window of perhaps as much as 8 hours perform repairs or clean the hull before the next high tide refloats the boat once again! Saves on yard bills for the do-it-yourself Captain!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jordan Pond
Jordan Pond and The Bubbles on a cool late summer morning early this week.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Somesville Bridge
The iconic Somesville Bridge on Saturday.

We have another glorious late summer/early fall day on tap with a cool morning, warm afternoon, and plenty of sun! If you can, get out and take a hike on one of Acadia's carriage roads. The leaves are just starting to change here and there, and the forest is especially beautiful!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cruise Ships
Cruise ships "Aurora" and "Le Boreal" anchored behind Bar Island yesterday.

Thursday was a very interesting cruise ship day in Bar Harbor. First, there were three ships in port at the same time. Usually, only two ships a day are scheduled to avoid overcrowding. Second, all three ships are owned and operated by cruise lines headquartered in Europe. The ships were "AIDAura" from Germany, "Aurora" from Great Britain, and "Le Boreal" from France. Many more ships will visit between now and the end of October, so get out and take a look.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Otter Cliffs

Beautiful fall-like weather has returned with warm days and cool nights! While Maine is "the way life should be", September and early October are "the way Maine should be"!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tour Boats
Bar Harbor tour boats stand ready as the fall "shoulder" season is upon us.

Friday, September 7, 2012

After the Storm
After the storm.

Our weather so far this September has not produced the clear days and cool nights we usually expect. But the month is still young, and recent heat and humidity may give way to more typical early fall crispness by next week.

The larger cruise ships are starting to arrive now, and many of them should be anchored off Bar Harbor almost daily until the end of October. We have a complete list posted on our Happenings page about two weeks in advance.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The beginning of the high traffic cruise ship "season" in Bar Harbor on Labor Day Weekend.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bar Harbor's Agamont Park on an early morning in late August.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The end of August is rapidly approaching and Labor Day Weekend is upon us! Every year we ask: "Where did the summer go?" The Blue Hill Fair starts today; local schools start on Tuesday; our cruise ship season cranks up in earnest next week, and as an added bonus, tomorrow we will experience a relatively rare "Blue Moon" - the second full moon this month! The weather should be great for all this activity, so get out and enjoy these nice days!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

International Space Station
The International Space Station blazes across the early evening sky above MDI.
This one-minute exposure gives you an idea of the station's high speed!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Beehive
The Beehive from Sand Beach.

Friday, August 24, 2012

International Space Station
The International Space Station carves a bright streak as it rises beneath the Big Dipper on Wednesday evening.

For those who are interested in space exploration and astronomy, Mount Desert Island is an ideal location in many ways. Most importantly, we still have dark night skies, so star gazing on clear evenings is a very rewarding experience. We also lie roughly along the path traversed by the International Space Station as it orbits the earth every 90 minutes. The exact location of this path moves a bit each day in an oscillating pattern, so sometimes it either is not visible to us or is so low on the horizon that it is very difficult to see. But every couple of weeks the path of its orbit returns to a point where it passes almost directly over the island. At those times, the space station makes a brilliant and fast moving sight shortly after sunset or before sunrise. NASA has a website where you can plug in your zip code (for U.S. locations) to find out if and when the International Space Station will be visible for you. To check it out, click here, and have fun!
For our part, we never get tired of seeing that remarkable craft!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Margaret Todd
The 4-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" returns from a morning cruise on Monday.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Beech Hill Farm
The farm stand at Beech Hill Farm ready for customers early on Saturday morning.

Many people, including many year-round residents, believe that active farming operations no longer exist on Mount Desert Island. That certainly is not the case, although it is true that there are considerably fewer farms than in the past. Maine Coast Heritage Trust conducted a survey several years ago that identified over 3,300 acres of farm land, encompassing some 20 working properties. There have been a number of recent efforts to preserve as many of these farms as possible, spearheaded by the MCHT, College of the Atlantic, and several generous land owners. You can help by seeking out and supporting the remaining farms, frequenting their farm stands, and voting for supportive Land Use Zoning regulations. Working farms are part of MDI's rich heritage - let's make them part of our future!

Friday, August 17, 2012

West Street
The corner of Main and West Streets in Bar Harbor as seen from Agamont Park.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Don't look now, but goldenrod is starting to bloom around the island - and, leaving aside the a-choo factor, you know what that means! Summer is coming to an end! Not to fret, however, because the best six weeks of the year will be coming up from September 1 until October 15. So get out whenever you can to enjoy what usually is beautiful weather!

And in case you haven't noticed, last night was the first performance of Acadia Reperatory Theatre's final play of the 2012 season. As usual, it is a very popular Agatha Christie mystery. Get all the details on our Happenings page.

Monday, August 13, 2012

A sailboat at Bartlett's Landing in silhouette against the setting sun on a mostly cloudy evening.

Weekend showers may give way to some sun today and tomorrow, but unsettled weather is expected once again for the end of the week.

The Bar Harbor Jazz Festival returns Thursday for four days, and you will have some great opportunities to hear local talent perform Free! Check out the schedule on our Happenings page.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A butterfly enjoys the Heirloom Garden at the Mount Desert Historical Society's Somesville Museum.

Our hot, humid early August weather continues, although the forecast indicates some showers today and tomorrow
along with slightly cooler temperatures.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Full Moon
Last week's full moon as seen in the west about one hour after sunrise.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Venus (bottom center), Jupiter (middle right), and The Pleiades (top right) early on Saturday morning.

If you have been out and about before sunrise over the past two weeks, you undoubtedly have noticed a couple of very bright objects in the eastern pre-dawn sky. They are our most easily visible planets - Venus and Jupiter - along with the beautiful constellation Pleiades, all in a straight line! Adding to the celestial show was a full moon on Thursday. Two of the three remaining planets visible with the naked eye - Saturn and Mars - can be seen in the west about an hour after sunset. Our dark skies here on Mount Desert Island provide excellent viewing opportunities, so get out and take a look! And while you are looking, remember that, as of earlier this morning, Mars is playing host to a brand new,
very high tech NASA rover known as Curiosity!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Working Float
Working float at the Bar Harbor town pier.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lower Main Street
Agamont Park and Lower Main Street, Bar Harbor.

Welcome to August - possibly our busiest month of the entire year!
The traffic on Mount Desert Island is ample confirmation of that claim! Be careful out there!
Slow down, be patient, and expect the unexpected!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Rainy Sunset
The sun appeared briefly late Sunday afternoon on an otherwise rainy day.

After some much needed steady rain yesterday, this morning is beautiful and cooler with lower humudity. That may not last beyond tomorrow, however, so get out and take advantage of these next two days!

This is the peak time of year for both indoor and outdoor activities. You can check it all out on our Happenings page. The smaller cruise ships are arriving every couple of days now, but the big ones won't be here until after Labor Day.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Transatlantic Aircraft

Over the years we have often encouraged viewers to "look down" lest you miss the many beautiful sights that can be found just underfoot. It's also important to "look up", because there are lots of interesting things to be seen overhead! The photo above shows one of the many transatlantic aircraft that pass over Mount Desert Island each day. We lie beneath the main flight path between Europe and large east coast U.S. airports. On clear days, contrails crisscross our sky. They are especially beautiful in the morning and late afternoon. So "look up" and dream! And while you're looking, don't forget to check out the sunsets, eagles, cloud formations, constellations, and other wonderful things up there!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Kayak Tour
A sea kayak tour passes along the shore of Bar Island.

Summer continues to move along at a seemingly fast pace with the end of July coming up in just over a week! The weather has been remarkably cooperative so far, although the forecast appears to hold a few showers over the next couple of days. As we have said many times in the past - get out and enjoy summer as often as you can!
There is no shortage of things to do!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Sailing Dory
A sailing dory heads out on a lazy July afternoon.

Monday, July 16, 2012

West Street Hotel

The new West Street Hotel in downtown Bar Harbor is now open, even though some construction continues on the ground floor shop area and a few rooms. The rooftop pool - yes, it has a rooftop swimming pool -
is scheduled to open August 1.

Our beautiful weather continues with plenty of sunshine and, to some, unseasonably warm temperatures. That may change, however, for a couple of days starting tonight with showers and thunderstorms in the forecast.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Agamont Park
Bar Harbor's Agamont Park.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bass Harbor Marsh
Bass Harbor Marsh on a July morning.

After a couple of wet weeks, the pattern appears to have changed and our weather forecast indicates a beautiful stretch of warm, sunny days ahead with low humidity! Perfect! Get out and enjoy it.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bass Harbor Light
Bass Harbor Light a few days ago.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Agamont Park
Have a happy and thoughtful Independence Day!

Monday, July 2, 2012

MDI Mountains
Mountains of MDI from Manset early on Sunday morning.

Welcome to July and to 4th of July week! There are lots of people here now, and that means you have to be thoughtful about when and how to enjoy the many activities planned for the next few days. The secret - get out early to all popular spots and try to find some of the beautiful places around the island that are not so well known! On the 4th itself, much of the focus is on Bar Harbor. Carpool if you can, or take the Island Explorer shuttle bus. Otherwise park outside Route 3 on West Street Extension or at Emerson School. For a complete list of events, see our Happenings page.
Above all - relax and have fun!


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