This past week I visited the state of Maine and Acadia National Park on the Atlantic coast. We stayed in Bangor, about 50 miles from Bar Harbor and the park. We made two trips to Acadia, one to Mount Desert Island, and one to the Schoodic peninsula.
On the first visit, we drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain (1500′) for the view (this is the highest mountain within 25 miles of the U. S. Atlantic coast), stopped at Bubble Pond where there is access to a carriage road, and drove the loop road out to Otter Point and Little Hunter’s Beach.
The carriage roads in Acadia National Park were built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. from 1913 to 1940. Rockefeller apparently was quite a horseman and built the roads to explore the backcountry of the park on horseback away from motorcars. Two Gate Lodges were built, one at Jordan Pond and the other near Northeast Harbor. There were still a few fall color leaves clinging to the trees in the area, but most had fallen to the ground. The image below shows a view along one of these carriage roads, which are 16 feet wide and made of broken-stone in three layers. This photograph was taken near Bubble Pond:
During the road construction, engineer Paul Simpson and his family lived in the Jordan Pond Gate Lodge shown below.
On our second visit to Acadia, just before we flew back to Arizona, we drove out to Schoodic Point for sunrise. We parked at the parking lot an wondered out over the rocks. There is a contrast between some of the older, pink, granite rocks, and the dark intrusive basalts. We enjoyed watching the sun rise out of the Atlantic ocean and I took a number of photographs using my 16mm lens on the little Sony NEX-5n camera. I’ve always liked the foreground-background sort of images and took quite a few. The image below shows some foreground granite with dark basalt behind it just at the moment of sunrise over Schoodic Island.
I continue to be amazed at the beauty of the natural world and love to try to capture it with my camera!