to Acadia

denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grinsNorth Andover, MAPosts: 11,208Super Moderators moderator

As mid-October approached I sensed it was time for a visit to Acadia National Park. I try to visit (at least) two times each year, always avoiding summer's prime tourist season.

I headed to Maine on October 16th, choosing to take the back roads from just past Augusta. I jumped onto Route 3 heading to Belfast and the coast.

1 :: the Penobscot Narrows Bridge rises above plants and trees wearing autumn colors

From the coastal route I headed down the Blue Hill Peninsula and over the very narrow bridge to Deer Isle for a quick visit to the town of Stonington. (If you're interested in bridges, you may find this article to be interesting - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer_Isle_Bridge.)

2 :: color on the ground

3 :: Stonington harbor

4 :: Stonington

5 :: Stonington

I headed back up the peninsula to reach the road leading into Ellsworth then turned south towards Bar Harbor, ending my day at the Holland Inn, my home away from home for a few days.

After a good B&B breakfast I headed to Northeast Harbor to check the colors at the Asticou Azalea Garden. It's a wonderful place to visit in the spring when the azaleas are in bloom. I think it's also worth a visit in the fall.

6 :: autumn color at Asticou

Finally, it was time for my real destination, Acadia National Park. I chose to stay in the main section of the park my first day there.

It was a challenging time for photography; the sky was pure blue and the angle of the sun was autumn low. I have to admit that I much prefer clouds!

7 :: along Park Loop Road

8 :: autumn in the Wild Gardens of Acadia

9 :: painted leaves

10 :: a view of Jesup Path

11 :: behind Sand Beach

12 :: along Ocean Path

13 :: a bit of color and very low water at Jordan Pond

The next morning I headed to my favorite part of the park, the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula.

14 :: on the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula

15 :: on the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula

16 :: on the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula

17 :: scattered people on the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula - can you imagine this in summer?

18 :: late day light at the top of Cadillac Mountain

19 :: looking away from the setting sun, at the top of Cadillac Mountain

20 :: just past sunset (still looking away!), at the top of Cadillac Mountain

21 :: a last morning in the park, looking back to Sand Beach from the Ocean Path

22 :: leaf drop along Ocean Path

It was a short but good trip.

If you're interested in seeing more photos from this trip you can find them at http://www.denisegoldberg.com/Travel/Acadia-October-2017.

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  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 11,689Administrators moderator

    Breathtaking! Brings back some great memories of my Acadia trip in '09. Except the part of losing my Gitzo tripod with the big RRS pano ball head somewhere on a path near a small waterfall by one of the stone bridges. But which Stephanie luckily found not much later and that saved me from jumping off Otter cliffs from the grief I would have had if she hadn't found it for me. Anyway... yes, Acadia is a magical place.

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  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 26Registered Users Big grins

    Denise, wow. These pictures have so much depth, they make me want to see that place one day. It's hard to pick a favourite, but if I had to, I'd chose number number 16 or number 19 (the small rock just makes this pic fantastic!). Well, maybe one day I'm lucky enough to see Maine myself :)

    Have you taken those free handed or using a tripod (or a mixture of those)?

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  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 11,208Super Moderators moderator
    edited October 29, 2017

    @David_S85 said:
    Breathtaking! ... yes, Acadia is a magical place.

    Thanks David! I'm lucky to live not too far from Acadia - it's about 4 1/2 hours from here. I'm contemplating a winter visit, we'll see.

    @kurzvorzwoelf said:
    Denise, wow. These pictures have so much depth, they make me want to see that place one day. ....
    Have you taken those free handed or using a tripod (or a mixture of those)?

    Thank you! Acadia is well worth visiting, as is the rest of Maine. It's a reasonable trip if you fly into Boston.

    These were all taken with the camera hand held, no tripod.

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,745Registered Users Major grins

    I look forward to your annual Acadia images. These did not disappoint! Lovely series, Denise.

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 11,208Super Moderators moderator

    @Cavalier said:
    I look forward to your annual Acadia images. These did not disappoint! Lovely series, Denise.

    Thanks so much Jo!

  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Posts: 19,123Super Moderators moderator
    edited October 29, 2017

    Such lush and edible tones:

    • Fresh-Picked Sweet-Pea Greens
    • Fire Pepper Reds
    • Lemon and Honey Yellows

    .. and most, beneath Blue Dahlia skies and with similar blue seas.
    (OK, all that sounded better in my head. )

    Numbers 8 - 10 are my favorites. Very, very nice, Denise!

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  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 11,208Super Moderators moderator

    @ziggy53 said:
    Such lush and edible tones:
    ....
    (OK, all that sounded better in my head. )

    Numbers 8 - 10 are my favorites. Very, very nice, Denise!

    Thank you!

    I love your words! They are quite descriptive and I'm glad they didn't just stay in your head!

  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 5,401Super Moderators moderator

    Lovely images Denise! I look forward to seeing a new set of images from you! I can only wish I could go to Acadia. As it is I will be making a trip up to Chena Hotsprings in a couple weeks. I'm hoping for some clear weather to catch the northern lights.

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 11,208Super Moderators moderator

    @JAG said:
    Lovely images Denise! I look forward to seeing a new set of images from you! I can only wish I could go to Acadia. As it is I will be making a trip up to Chena Hotsprings in a couple weeks. I'm hoping for some clear weather to catch the northern lights.

    Thank you Joyce! You'll have to let me know if (when) you are on this side of the country.

    I'll look forward to seeing your photos, good luck with the northern lights.

  • Awais YaqubAwais Yaqub One Inspired soul Posts: 10,510Registered Users Major grins

    Peaceful images as always i really love reflection and colors of 6.

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  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 11,208Super Moderators moderator

    @Awais Yaqub said:
    Peaceful images as always i really love reflection and colors of 6.

    Thank you Awais!

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