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October 1 - December 31, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Somesville Bridge
After the storm - looks like the answer to Wednesday's question was snow (about 5 inches of it)!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Somesville Bridge
Somesville Bridge before tomorrow's predicted big storm. Will it be snow or rain here along the coast?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays

The tourists are gone, the cruise ships are gone, and the snow has not yet arrived. On the positive side, the December Solstice is upon us, and the days should slowly get longer from here. Despite the uncertainties in our economy, the infighting in Congress, and the recent tragic events in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, we hope that all of our viewers will find a way to focus on friends, family and the true meaning of the season at this very special time of the year! Our sincerest wishes for a Happy Holiday!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Grass at Seal Cove
Shore grass at Seal Cove.

We grieve, along with the rest of America, for the innocent children whose lives were taken in the senseless
Newtown tragedy, and for the brave teachers and staff who died trying to keep the children safe.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Harbormaster Building
Bar Harbor's new harbormaster building (control tower?) on the town pier nears completion.

"Commercial shipping vessel 4396, this is Bar Harbor Marine Control. You are cleared to enter Frenchman Bay and proceed to Anchorage No. 3 behind Bar Island. Please advise when all engines are stopped and your position is secure before launching tenders, over." "Bar Harbor Marine Control, this is 4396. Understand clear to enter Frenchman Bay."

"Vessel 4396. this is Bar Harbor Marine Control. We have you on radar. Here is current weather information for the inner harbor: air temperature 61 degrees, water temperature 56 degrees, wind NNW at 9 knots, low tide at 08:32. Approach speed limited to 5 knots with no wake, over." "This is 4396. Roger weather report and approach speed."

"Vessel 4396, this is Bar Harbor Marine Control. You have local fishing and tour boat traffic overtaking on your port quarter. Please acknowledge, over." "Bar Harbor Marine Control, this is 4396. Acknowledging overtaking traffic."

Can we also handle large seaplanes? Where is the "Spruce Goose" when we need her?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Still no snow, and our weather continues to be surprisingly mild for this time of year. However, it is colder today - about what has been passing for normal over the past couple of winters! Climate change due to human activity or just a natural pattern - you decide! Now where did we put our hip boots? At least we don't live in Venice!

The days are quite short now with sunset before 4 p.m. and sunrise around 7 a.m. - Ugh! Take heart though - things will start improving after the 22nd, although you won't notice much difference for two or three weeks after that!
But it is the psychological impact that counts!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Winter Sun
Winter sun in Bass Harbor.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Scallops Scallops

Scallops Scallops
Sea scallop activity at Bartlett's Landing this week.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Seal Cove
Scallop draggers moored at Seal Cove late Monday afternoon.

They're baaaaack! The scallop season opened this week and draggers from up and down the Maine coast have descended on the scallop bed in Western Bay that was newly discovered last March just before the season closed. Reports are that as many as 50 boats were there on Monday afternoon, and most of them have crowded into the limited mooring field at Bartlett's Landing. Parking, or even just maneuvering, anywhere around the pier at Bartlett's landing in the late afternoon can be both challenging and extremely interesting. It can be argued that, at least for the next couple of weeks, the scenic and quiet rural village of Pretty Marsh has become the epicenter of Maine's coastal fishery.
We'll try to get some photos of the harbor action at Bartlett's Landing online within the next few days!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Morning Planets
Three planets visible in the southeast before dawn in December.
(graphic courtesy of

December already? If you are out and about in the early morning this month, be sure to take a look at the striking lineup of planets in the southeastern sky. Mercury is the last to rise and join the parade about an hour before sunrise, and it is not too often that you get a chance to see Mercury at all because it usually is too close to the sun for viewing. Those of you who are interested in the stars and planets might want to take a look at the great website There you can find daily information on the major celestial events happening year-round. Check it out, and you'll find yourself spending more time looking up into our beautiful dark night sky!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Island Farm
An island farm awaits the onset of winter and snow!

One of the best craft fairs of the year will take place tomorrow and Saturday. The Island Arts Association's annual Christmas Fair starts Friday morning at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel Conference Center in Bar Harbor. For details, check our Happenings page.

Monday, November 26, 2012

November Sunset
Sign of the time?

Our beautiful weather continues to hold, although signs of upcoming winter are beginning to creep in. The most ominous of those signs is our early sunset, already up to around 4:15 p.m.! Yikes! And there is even a bit of snow in the forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday! Snow lovers - rejoice!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Little Long Pond
Little Long Pond on a beautiful fall day last week.

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and many of us will be heading "over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house". The weather forecast indicates more cool nights and mild, sunny days right through the holiday. Enjoy these lovely days - and travel safely!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Moss covered forest floor near Little Long Pond after the sun returned on Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bog near Long Pond in late autumn before the snow flies.

Things are beginning to settle down around the island, now that tourista are gone and the cruise ships have moved their sechedules to warner, sunnier climes. Still, there are activities you will not want to miss. If you haven't already seen the MDI HIgh School Drama production of "Pirates of Penzance", you will have two more opportunities this weekend. For more information click here. And it's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving Day is just one week from tomorrow!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Blue Hill
Blue Hill from Beech Hill after last week's short-lived snowfall.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Seal Cove Farm
Seal Cove Farm.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Long Pond

Many people have never seen sea smoke, and those who have seen it often think that it only occurs during the winter over the ocean. Actually, sea smoke can appear anytime and anywhere cold air settles over much warmer water. This situation is found most frequently on extremely cold winter mornings when air temperatures below zero contact the relatively warmer ocean water which may be around 40F. But it can also happen in the fall over still unfrozen lakes and ponds when air temperatures near 32F contact lake water that may be as warm as 70F. Sea smoke is a beautiful and interesting phenomenon, as you can see from the above photo of sea smoke on Long Pond a few mornings ago.

Friday, November 2, 2012


It's November 2 - do you know where your garden is? Unbelievable as it may seem, we have not yet had a killing frost here along the immediate coast. That means you may still have some beautiful garden flowers under all those fallen leaves! (Unless, of course, you got swept up in the anticipation of winter and cleaned out everything a month ago!)
Cold weather is going to arrive at some point for sure, but in the meantime enjoy summer's survivors!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

These gulls hunkered down in Agamont Park against the wind and rain brought by Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy came ashore Monday evening in southern New Jersey, sparing coastal Maine from the worst of her impact. We had relatively moderate winds gusting to about 55 knots and a 1 - 3 ft. storm surge. Damage, thankfully, was minimal. Not so for New Jersey and New York, however, and our thoughts go out to them as they begin the difficult clean-up.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunset Panorama
Waiting for "Sandy".

All of the news today is about Hurricane Sandy as she comes ashore in New Jersey. Fortunately, it appears that we will be spared the worst of her fury despite the size of this massive storm! Most here on MDI seem to be well prepared, however. As in our last post, you can follow the latest tracking reports by clicking here. Expect windy and rainy conditions for most of this week!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Queen Mary 2

Seabourne Sojourn

Our cruise ship season is rapidly nearing an end. The elegant "Queen Mary 2" (top) was in port on Wednesday for the second time this year, and it was followed by "Seabourne Sojourn" (bottom) yesterday. Only five more remain before the last day next Wednesday. Of course, that assumes that Hurricane Sandy behaves herself and stays far away!
Local marine interests are already taking precautions. You can follow the latest tracking reports by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Autumn Sunset
Autumn Sunset.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Somes Pond Color
Somes Pond color last week.

After a wind driven rain storm Friday and Saturday, our leaves are now well past peak and many trees are bare. However, it's worth noting that the foliage this year seemed more brilliant than usual, and there were large numbers of visitors here to enjoy them! This week should bring mostly sunny weather with above normal temperatures.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Somesville Harbor and the Mill Pond on a sunny afternoon this week.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Strong winds which often precede the passage of a cold front can pose a real challenge at this time of year for boat owners who have not already hauled out. As a result of several windy days we have experienced over the past week, this lobster boat likely slipped its mooring and ended up on the rocks in Seal Cove. The photo was shot and officials were notified on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, 1:15 p.m. October 14, 2012

Marathon Men Marathon Women

Louis Luchini of Ellsworth, ME, shown here in the left photo as he passed through Somesville, won 1st place in the 11th MDI Marathon today with a time of 2:30:41. Top women's finisher with a time of 3:08:29, was Heather Carlson of Brighton, MA, shown in the right photo also passing through Somesville this morning. Fog, rain and drizzle did not seem to bother the runners, but it was a bit difficult for spectators. The race is still underway.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fire Road Stream
Stream by the Long Pond Fire Road yesterday.

This weekend will see the 11th running of the Mount Desert Island Marathon - often touted as one of our country's most beautiful but challenging courses. The race starts Sunday at 8:00 a.m. near the Village Green in Bar Harbor with walkers and wheelchair entries heading out a bit earlier. Runners will pass through Otter Creek, Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, along Somes Sound, into Somesville, and on to the finish line in Southwest Harbor. Get out and cheer them on if you can, and if you are driving anywhere around the course, be very careful and slow down!!

Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., October 10, 2012

The World
Residential ship "The World" at anchor off Bar Harbor early this afternoon in a bit of fog and drizzle.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


The cruise ship season in Bar Harbor continues to roll (surf?) right along with two or three large ships in port almost every day, and that will continue until October 31. Yesterday another first-time visit was chalked up by the Phoenix-Reisen Line's "Artania" shown above at anchor off Albert Meadow around noon. Today, there should be considerable interest in "The World", a large cruise ship that is completely owned by the approximately 160 onboard residents who enjoy luxury condominium apartments with full kitchens, elegant living spaces, and up to three bedrooms. We'll post a photo after her arrival around mid-morning. In another ususual occurance, she will remain here until Friday.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Somes Pond
Columbus Day on Somes Pond.

Friday, October 5, 2012

October Color

It's hard to believe, but Columbus Day weekend is upon us! It seems like Memorial Day was only yesterday!
We know that the summer always flies by, but it's speed continues to surprise us every year!

Our leaves have suddenly started to show some strong color, and the peak will probably be here within the next week. Reports from other more northern parts of the state indicate that the fall color is significantly more dramatic than in recent years, so we can look forward to the next few days with anxious anticipation. Get out and take a look!
As usual, Eagle Lake Road, Duck Brook Road, and Witch Hole would be good places to start.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Full Harvest Moon
The full Harvest moon as seen early yesterday morning through a brief break in our cloud cover.

"Shine on, shine on Harvest moon up in the sky.
I ain`t had no lovin` since January, February, June, or July.
Snow time ain`t no time to sit outdoors and spoon.
Shine on, shine on Harvest moon for me `n` my gal."

                  --- by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth (1903)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fog, rain and drizzle made for a soggy weekend as expected!


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