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July 1 - September 30, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Cruise ships in Bar Harbor on Sunday as seen from the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

What a beautiful weekend! Cool, clear nights and warm, sunny days are the way Maine should be in September and early October. After a somewhat disappointing start, our great weather should continue all week!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Acadia Night Sky Festival begins today; and just in time, our recent stretch of cool, cloudy weather seems to be breaking, Clear skies should prevail for the next few days! Various activities are scheduled to take full advantage of our beautiful, dark night sky, and a major highlight of the Festival will be a hosted viewing of the constellations and planets from the summit of Cadillac Mountain on Saturday evening. Special free shuttle buses will run continuously from the Acadia National Park Visitor Center in Hulls Cove starting at 6:00 p.m.
For full information on this and other Festival events click here.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Early Fall evening yesterday.

Friday, September 20, 2013

The full "Harvest Moon" was shining brightly very early Thursday morning!

"Snow time ain't no time to stay outdoors and spoon,
So shine on, shine on Harvest Moon,
For me and my gal."

(song by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunset on Monday evening.

The change of seasons often brings some beautiful sunsets, and that is what we have been enjoying recently as summer gradually turns into fall. They usually don't last very long, but if you are in the right place at the right time, you can see some spectacular scenes. Here at MDI.Net world headquarters we are fortunate to have a view of the sunset every clear evening throughout the year, so we try to keep an appreciative eye out and share the best with you!

Monday, September 16, 2013

"Crystal Symphony" was one of FOUR cruise ships in Bar Harbor yesterday
on a beautiful Sunday as we approach early fall!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The four masted schooner "Margaret Todd" sets sail up Frenchman Bay on a cloudy morning.

If you've been around the Maine coast for a while, you probably will agree with us when we say the weather so far this September has been wierd! Clouds, fog, showers, heat and high humidity are not what one normally expects for this time of year! Things may change by Sunday, however, as the forecast suggests a return to dry, sunny days and cool nights for most of next week.

We are getting close to the time when a few autumn leaves start to show up. Peak color won't be until the first or second week in October here on the immediate coast, but change happens much sooner inland and up north. With that in mind, the State of Maine activates a website each year to help you keep track of the advancing fall color. You can check it out by clicking here.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A foggy ridge yesterday evening as mid-summer heat and humidity returned for a couple of days!

Monday, September 9, 2013

The 108 ft. sailing yacht "Marae" was tied up at Bar Harbor's Town Pier on Saturday. You can charter her, complete with a crew of four, for the modest sum of $56,000US per week. Megayachts like this, both power and sail, often are seen around Mount Desert Island during the late summer and early fall months.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Bog Cotton (Eriophorum angustifolium) in full bloom this morning beside the Long Pond Fire Road.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Royal Caribbean Lines "Explorer of the Seas" at anchor in Bar Harbor this morning.

Now that Labor Day is behind us, the large cruise ships have started to arrive in Bar Harbor. This increased activity will continue on an almost daily basis until the end of October. You can keep up with the ships scheduled to visit about two weeks in advance by checking our Happenings page.

After some heavy rains on Monday and last night, today's visitors got a lucky break with blue skies and warm temperatures. That may not continue all week, however, as showers are forecast to return tomorrow and on the upcoming weekend.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Fiery islands in the celestial pool on Friday evening.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Fog continues to hang over the water in Bar Harbor Wednesday afternoon
as activity along the shore path slows down.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Don't look now - but it's the last week of August! Where do the summers go? Labor Day weekend is coming up, schools start here on the island next Tuesday, and the tourist activity has slowed significantly over the past few days! Families with kids have headed home to get ready for September. After a brief lull, "leaf peepers" will start showing up, and our cruise ship business will increase dramatically for the next two months with all the "big boys" scheduled to start arriving in Bar Harbor on a daily basis!

Locals know that this is the best time of the year on MDI, so get out and enjoy it - the winter can be long!

Friday, August 23, 2013

No, it's not yet time for Halloween, and believe it or not, the above photo is not the moon! Sometimes, haze and low clouds near the horizon can produce very strange effects, and this was the scene just before sunset two evenings ago!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Water Lilies on Hodgdon Pond.

What a nice run of weather we have been enjoying! And the forecast indicates it will continue until Friday with slightly warmer temperatures each day! August is moving right along - too fast for most of us - so take advantage of these great "lazy, hazy" summer days!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sunrise this morning from Long Pond.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Another quiet early morning scene at Long Pond.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Before sunrise after our rain last week.

Following Friday's rain the weekend was sunny but cool, and it looks like we will get a few more showers tomorrow. Then there should be an extended stretch of sunny days and clear nights with highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's! Perfect August weather!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Bar Harbor Whale Watch catamaran "Atlanticat" rests at her pier earlier this week.

After a couple of days of heavy rain, today and tomorrow should be beautiful! Take advantage of them, because rain is forecast to return on Tuesday.

Wedesday, August 7, 2013

By the way - if you have been to Bar Harbor in the past few days, we have just one question for you: "Can you believe the traffic?" It seems that everyone on the east coast is on vacation and in Bar Harbor! And they are driving motor homes, pickups and large SUV's with bikes, kayaks, canoes and other large items strapped on back or on top or towed behind! Argh! To make matters worse, they turn unexpectedly, park wherever they wish, block up narrow streets by parking too far from the curb, and - need we go on? Tourism is great and an important part of the island economy, but sometimes you can get too much of a good thing! You can help by being s sensitive driver (and parker), and by scheduling your trip intown either before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Bar Harbor is fun, but not when it is impossible to drive or park there!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Long Pond very early this morning.

Br-r-r! It was cool last night, but the sun today should warm things up! All in all, we have some beautiful weather right now, so get out and enjoy August in Maine! We hate to say so, but September will be here before you know it!

Friday, August 2, 2013

The cruise ship "American Glory" and several private yachts filled much of the space
at Bar Harbor's Town Pier this week.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hummingbirds are regular visitors and are always fun to watch at this time of year!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunset after a showery day.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Moonrise last night through a bit of fog.

We are three days past full moon, but it still is a spectacular sight under the right conditions.

Fog may be just the least of our issues over the next few days! The weather forecast looks like moderate to heavy rain starting tomorrow and lasting through Saturday! Great for ducks, but not so great for us in the middle of our short summer! Oh well - grab a good book and curl up in a warm, dry chair!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pitcher plants blooming in an unusually wet bog.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sailing up Blue Hill Bay on a hot day. Here's wishing we were out there!

Summer has been here with a vengance for the past few days with temperatures reaching 90F or above and very little sea breeze which usually provides some relief in the afternoon. Our forecast suggests a bit more of this heat before some showers cool things down mid-week.

Friday, July 12, 2013

A windjammer from Camden prepares to leave Seal Cove on a quiet morning last week.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sunset over MDI last evening. Background music: "A Certain Breeze" from "Shy Moon"
by Calvin Porter of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

This young fawn's mother picked a safe and warm hiding place for her little baby.
"Now, don't you move 'til I return". And he/she didn't - even after almost three hours had passed!

Thursday, July 4, 2013


Here on Mount Desert Island, we like to think that because we are surrounded by the ocean and dramatic natural beauty, we are thus somehow insulated from the problems that are so apparent throughout our country and the rest of the world. Unfortunately, we are not! What happens in China, or in Afghanistan, or in Washington, or on Wall Street, or at the Federal Reserve, or along the Mexican border, or in other towns and cities throughout the United States; all eventually could have a serious adverse effect upon the quality of our life as well as the lives of our children and grandchildren, despite the fact that we live in this supposed haven along the Maine coast!

In our opinion, we as individuals and, collectively, as a nation currently face some of the most significant and difficult problems we have ever encountered since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Now is not the time for ideological posturing, or for burying our heads in the sand, or for selfishly trying to enrich ourselves at the expense of our neighbors and our fellow inhabitants on this island in space. We need strong leaders who can inspire us to bring out the best in each other. We need the willingness and courage to look beyond short term personal gain and, instead, focus on the long term common good. We need to solve our problems together, not on the backs of those who are least able to defend themselves. We need to stand up for the fundamental human principles set forth so eloquently in our country's founding document.

On this Independence Day, let's resolve to do more than just wave the flag or wear the red, white and blue. Let's spend some time thinking about what our freedom really means and what considerable responsibilities that freedom entails.

The above editorial comment was first published on this site on July 4, 2011.
It is reprinted here now because the sentiments expressed are even more relevant today.

Monday, July 1, 2013

A marsh full of wild iris near Indian Point.

Unexpected for this time of year, we have endured several days of rainy weather, and several more are predicted before we finally see an end to this pesky system! Hopefully that will happen before the 4th! The wild iris in the marsh pictured above don't seem to mind, however. They appear to be thriving, along with many other plants, grasses, and trees. We mere mortals, on the other hand, are becoming moldy and yearn for sun!

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