Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 7

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Ferns starting to unfurl their fiddleheads along Bubble Pond

The weather was ideal today for an early morning hike up Pemetic Mountain.  The route I take is best done in May and June before the park shuttle bus starts to run.  I park at the Bubble Pond Parking Lot (which is closed once the shuttle runs) and hike up the North Ridge and complete a counter-clockwise loop up and over the summit and down the South Ridge trail.  Hooking up with the Bubble and Jordan Pond Trail, I traverse along Bubble Pond and back to the starting point.  The mile climb up the steeper North side gets your heart rate up in a hurry!  This is one of my favorite hikes in the park.  I only passed one couple along the trail during the entire 5-mile hike – gotta love the off-season!

Today I was keeping an eye out for emerging plant life and I found plenty subtle surprises along the trail!

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The cigar-shaped buds of Beech are starting to swell
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Myrica gale – Bog-myrtle or Sweetgale
Pink Lady Slipper emerging
I believe I’ve spotted some Pink Lady Slipper starting to emerge in a spot I found last year – so exciting!!

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