30 Days and 30 Photos – Day 10

I needed to plan an extended hike today.  After five days of working, and no extended hike last week, I was long overdue.  I decided to hike to the top of one of my favorite peaks in the park – Pemetic Mountain via a route that I have not taken.  I started at the Jordan Pond boat launch parking area, and hiked over to the carriage road that passes by Bubble Pond.  From there, I hiked up the steep North Ridge Pemetic Trail.  It was a little over a mile to the summit from Bubble Pond along a ankle-turning, rocky, root-infested trail – lots of fun despite my description!

Hauling my large tripod on a 6 mile hike was out of the question, so I brought along my itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny Canon tripod.  It really barely supports my heavy Nikon and I confess that I’m not happy with the pictures I took with it.  But, since I diverted from my tripod rule for the last two photos, I’m sticking to my guns today and posting a tripod photo!   The Bates cairns are iconic here in Acadia so it is only fitting that I highlight one of these trail markers!  I was struck by the position of this cairn and the view of the islands in the background as I descended Pemetic.

Pemetic cairn (1 of 1)

  • I used the Aperature-priority setting and had it set to f/4.  My ISO was set at 100. The final shot was recorded at 1/1250 sec. f/4 95mm
  • I used autofocus and the viewfinder to frame the photo trying to focus on texture of the rock in the foreground
  • Tripod shot with my very, very small mini-pod!
  • Exposure Compensation setting was at 0.00 for this photograph
  • In Lightroom, the adjustments I made were to Highlights, Shadows and Vibrance settings – I little heavier on revving up the intensity of the color due to the drab, cloudy day.

At the beginning of my hike, as I was walking along the Jordan Pond and Bubble Pond Path, I caught a glimpse of the light playing off the Moosewood Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) leaves in the otherwise coniferous forest.  I have fallen in love with this small tree since my arrival here.  The leaves catch the light sifting through the canopy of the forest and brighten an otherwise shady spot.  I don’t know why – but it always lifts my spirits to see how it reflects the sunlight.

Moosewood leaves (1 of 1).jpg

The other highlight of my hike today was walking along Bubble Pond.  The masses of Winterberry Holly ( Ilex verticillata) growing along the banks of the pond are showing their fall display of red berries now.  It has always been one of my all-time favorite native plants and one I’ve used extensively in garden design.  It is at its best in its native environment!

Winterberry along Bubble Pond (1 of 1)

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