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April 1 - June 30, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

There is a lot of activity in Bar Harbor right now - both in town and in the harbor. This photo from Wednesday morning shows the windjammers "Margaret Todd" and "Bailey Todd" docked at their pier; the Bar Harbor Whale Watch catamaran "Friendship V" leaving on her noon trip; Royal Carribean's large cruise ship "Anthem of the Seas" anchored offshore; a lobster fisherman coming in to load on more traps; and various small craft darting hither and yon! And just think - July begins tomorrow and the fourth is next Tuesday! The crowds are building - welcome to summer on Mount Desert Island!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This ill-tempered guy was spotted moving slowly along the edge of an unpaved fire road just after dawn yesterday morning. He is a very large snapping turtle measuring somewhere between 18 - 24 inches from snout to tail. You don't want to get close enough for exact length because snapping turtles are notoriously quick and flexible despite their usual slow, plodding pace! If you check out the lethal-looking 1 1/2 to 2 inch claws on his (her?) left hind leg, you can see why getting slashed with those weapons might not be very pleasant! Best to leave them alone!

There is an old adage that says "If you are unfortunate enough to have a snapping turtle bite your toe or your finger, he will not let go until it thunders." They do indeed have a grip - but a few thunder storms are in the forecast for later this week! Think you could make it?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Our recent unsettled weather has produced some interesting sunsets. Here are two of them:

Sunset (above) on Thursday evening.

Sunset (above) yesterday evening.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

More garden flowers - this one resides in a bed of beautiful marigolds!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wild daisies are in bloom everywhere right now.
They love the warm, humid weather and occasional showers!
Of course, so do the mosquitos and black flies!

By the way - do you ever wonder who is winning the battle for control of our planet?

Friday, June 16, 2017

The evening sky almost every day recently - but it often lasts less than one minute,
so pay attention and keep your camera close by!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Shoreline of a fresh water pond deep in the woods.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunrise at Long Pond yesterday morning. (Local time was before 5 a.m. - yikes!)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sunset over Bartlett's Island on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Marsh grass and lily pads at Duck Pond on a cool, cloudy evening in early June.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The sky over Long Pond last evening is a result of our continuing unsettled, cool weather pattern. Showers and sun are constantly alternating, with a few thunderstorms and below normal temperatures thrown in to keep things interesting. We should get more of the same over the next few days, but more summer-like weather may show up by the end of the week.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sunrise over Long Pond at 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Not too bad for a day forecast to be unsettled with showers!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bartlett's Landing shortly after sunset yesterday evening. The sun now sets after 8 p.m. and will continue to do so for the next couple of months, so get out and enjoy the extra daylight hours! But watch out for black flies over the next 4 or 5 weeks, and be sure to check for ticks when you come in - they are especially prevalent this summer!

This weekend we commemorate Memorial Day at a time of great danger and uncertainty for our country and for the world. In our opinion, now is the time to reflect upon those who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure the freedoms we enjoy, and to resolve that their deaths will not be in vain. The fact is that we all live on an increasingly small island in space from which there is no escape. We either must learn to live together in peace, or advances in military technology mean that we run the real risk of completely destroying ourselves and our so-called civilization. It is not possible to militarize our way out of this dangerous situation, and it is foolhardy to try - especially at the expense of almost every social, medical and educational program that makes life worth living! Do more than just wear a red, white and blue flag on your hat or sleeve this weekend. Go to a cemetery, place some flowers, and while you are there, think about the future you are leaving for your children and grandchildren.

Monday, May 22, 2017

This rhododendron has responded to our recent warm weather with a cascade of blooms!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Somes Pond very early Tuesday morning.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Recent rain has been good for the grass in Agamont Park in Bar Harbor.
The 4-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" is at her berth for the season.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Seal Cove Pond.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Recent reconstruction of the fish ladder at the southern end of Seal Cove Pond.
Heavy rains have caused whitewater flows on either side of the ladder.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The waxing Flower Moon early this morning.
Not many flowers yet, but we have had plenty of rain - and more is on the way over the next week.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Seal Cove at low tide this week.

Monday, April 24, 2017

First cruise ship of the season, "Amadea", in Bar Harbor yesterday.
Our cool, damp weather continues, but we may see improvement by late next week.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cranberry and Sutton Islands from Cadillac Mountain this week.

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017


The Acadia National Park Loop Road and the Cadillac Mountain Road opened for the season yesterday!
This view is to the north from near the summit yesterday morning.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April sunset last evening.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Seal Harbor Yacht Club a few days ago.

The snow is all gone now, and we seem to have turned a corner with warmer weather just ahead!
Mid-60's today!

Our first cruise ship of the 2017 season arrives on the 23rd - less than 2 weeks away!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thompson Island on Saturday.

Spring is trying very hard to come, but it's having trouble getting a grip!

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