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October 1 - December 31, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Yesterday finally brought us our first snowfall of the 2015/2016 season. Here along the coast we recieved only about 4 inches due to mixing with freezing rain, but to the north and west totals reached 7 - 12 inches! The many folks around the state who operate winter tourism businesses are smiling once again

Monday, December 28, 2015

We still have no snow, but that might change tomorrow as the air temperature drops below freezing and a wet weather system spreads up the east coast. Current forecasts suggest we could get 4 - 8 inches by Wednesday.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

at this special time of the year
we wish you all

plus, we send a heartfelt
to our thousands of viewers,
many of whom have been loyal followers since 2008!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Seven or eight scallop draggers are back on moorings at Bartlett's Landing for the first time since several years ago when the Department of Marine Resources opened a previously unknown scallop bed in Western Bay. The current opening covers portions of Blue Hill Bay and beds areound Bartlett's Island. It began with the start of the 2015-16 season on December 1 and will end in April, or when DMR closes the Blue Hill Bay scallop beds yet again!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Sunset over Blue Hill Bay from the Cape Road on Saturday.

Don't look now - because it's probably too dark to see clearly - but today at 11:48 p.m.EST we will mark the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year! From here our hours of daylight will begin to increase - albeit very slowly at first, but becoming much more noticeable as spring approaches.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Historic vista from the Brown Mountain Carriage Road near the Amphitheatre bridge yesterday morning.

Last year on December 16/17, this would have been a very snowy scene with access only by cross country skis or snowshoes. Not so this year! It's hard to believe, but just one week from today is Christmas Eve! It appears that snow lovers may not get a white Christmas here, although northern and western parts of Maine have received a couple of inches over the past two days.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Early morning fog over the Bar Island bar in mid-December.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Mountains of MDI with upper Frenchman Bay in the foreground.

Our unusually mild weather continues with temperatures running 15 to 20 degrees above normal. This pattern is expected to continue at least until the middle of next week, so don't put those summer clothes away just yet!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sunset yesterday afternoon.

It was pretty, but it happens before 4 p.m. at this time of year! Yikes! It's already past our bedtime!
But take heart - December 21 is rapidly approaching, and then the days will slowly become longer again!

Monday, December 7, 2015

An unusually mild December afternoon in Bar Harbor yesterday. Looks like El Nino to us - at least so far!

Now where did those tourists go? Back down south we'll bet,
where this winter is supposed to be colder and wetter than normal!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Kitteridge Brook, Babson Creek and Marsh - a bit of ice, but no snow YET!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Late November view from Cooksey Drive in Seal Harbor.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To our hundreds, perhaps thousands, of loyal followers who have undoubtedly been lying awake at night pondering Monday's question: we don't want you to be too tired to eat turkey tomorrow, so here is the answer:
It is the unusual and historic horse watering trough in the middle of Route 3 at Seal Harbor! The bronze spout is -
- a seal!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2015

OK kids, it's pop quiz time! Do you know where this is (and what it is)?
Hint: Like all of our other photos, it is somewhere on MDI.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another November sky - this time at Bartlett's Landing.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Eagle Lake yesterday morning. It must be November!

Monday, November 16, 2015

View of Bartlett's Narrows from the Trenton Bridge a couple of days ago.

Friday, November 13, 2015


Those of us who are fortunate enough to live on MDI sometimes take for granted many things that make our little island such a special place. The spectacular scenery is hard to ignore, but that is just a part of the story. Mount Desert Island is also home to three major non-profit conservation and research organizations whose collective activities touch millions of people around the world. When you see them, be sure to tell these folks that you appreciate what they do!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Their sacrifice - Their service - On conflict - To end war

Monday, November 9, 2015

Closed for the season.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Round Pond a few days ago.
Relatively mild weather continues this week, unlike last year when we had a 13 inch snowfall on November 2!!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Welcome to November!
Early morning on Somes Sound brings stark beauty this time of year.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Somesville's Mill Pond and Somes Sound on a frosty late October morning.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jupiter (on top), Venus (brightest) and Mars (much fainter on lower left)
in conjunction before sunrise this morning.

If you are into Astronomy, or even if you are not but follow this website, you know that there have been some big celestial doings so far this year. And this week we have yet another - three planets lined up in their respective orbits about one hour before sunrise. We probably will have clouds for the next couple of days, but if skies clear, you should still be able to see them as late as Monday! It's worth taking a look, because this won't happen again until 2021!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Late October sunset panorama.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Many people have noticed that old apple trees scattered around the island are loaded with fruit this fall. The same has been true for cranberries, blueberries, winterberries, and probably other similar fruiting plants as well. Some attribute it to our long cold winter last year, but whatever the reason, you might want to take advantage of this bountiful harvest by making such delectable treats as this beautiful, homemade apple pie! Some dishes also can be easily frozen, and the holiday season will be upon us before we know it!
But try not to eat all of your work in one sitting!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"The falling leaves drift by the window...the autumn leaves of red and gold!"
Frank Sinatra

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Lead male runner, Michael Crouch of Chicopee, MA.
and lead female runner, Leah Frost of Glover, VT.
as they passed through Somesville (mile 21) this morning.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Cruise Ships are still in Bar Harbor almost daily until the end of October!

Welcome runners!

Tomorrow is the Mount Desert Island Marathon with the race starting at 8 a.m. in Bar Harbor and the course passing through Otter Creek, Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, and finishing in Southwest Harbor. Watch out for runners in the roadway as you drive around the island - slow down and yield them the right-of-way.

If you are entered in the race - Good Luck and Be Careful!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Early Monday morning at Beech Cliff.

Monday, October 12, 2015

They're still here!
This great Blue Heron was fishing in Pretty Marsh a couple of days ago!

Today is Columbus Day, and unlike this heron, many of our seasonal visitors will be leaving us. However, the MDI Marathon is next Sunday, and it draws runners from all over the country, so restaurants and lodging establishments will remain busy. Also, the cruise ship season has 2 more weeks to go, keeping Bar Harbor streets crowded until the end of the month!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The four-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" and the two-masted schooner "Halie & Matthew"
on their moorings in Bar Harbor this week.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A cool, calm morning as we reflect on summer and prepare for fall!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hurricane update - it now looks like Joaquin will be a complete "no show" (thankfully). Sunshine and cool temperatures should describe our weather for the next several days. This is a perfect time to get out and enjoy Fall in New England! Our hardwood trees are just beginning to show a bit of color!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Projected track of Hurricane Joaqquin as of Friday morning.

It has been a while since we saw a hurricane in this area, but forecasters have been watching that possibility early next week. Right now, the storm track appears to have shifted more offshore, bringing us high ocean swells and perhaps just a few showers - but you should keep a close eye on any changes.

Wednesday's heavy rain also brought unexpectedly strong winds here along the coast, causing many power outages on Mount Desert Island. Most were restored by late Wednesday evening, but lots of individual lines on private access roads remained out Thursday morning. Our recent mild days can lead to a false sense of security. Big storms often happen in the Fall, so be prepared!

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