The pine trees in the foreground were catching the sunlight and creating a nice frame for the colorful hillside beyond – on the North Bubble’s Trail.
One of the most distinguishing features of my season at Acadia National Park this year was the abundance and variety of mushrooms growing along the trails. Love the color contrast between this tan mushroom and the Polytrichum commune – Common Hairmoss.
Walking along the Otter Cliffs area one day in early October, I was struck by the interesting cloud patterns in the sky and the morning glitter of the sun on the water.
The leaves on this Moosewood Maple tree were just beginning to change to the pale yellow fall color that distinguishes this plant in the forest. The way the leaves reflect the filtered light in these deeply shaded forests always amazes me.
Across the rocky higher elevations, the black huckleberry shrubs are in full bloom as well. The leaf color ranges from deep burgundy to bright red-orange. Lining the trail up the south ridge of Cadillac Mountain, they create a stunning display against the evergreen needles of pitch pine and juniper….
When we seek out vivid displays of fall color, we are usually looking for and admiring the leaves on the trees that blanket the hillsides and valleys. I went forth yesterday with my macro/portrait 105mm lens instead of my wide-angle zoom lens. Using that lens forces me to see things differently and capture shots with a more artistic flair.
My season here in Acadia is fast coming to a close. Oh how I’ll miss the sunrises and sunsets across the ocean and sky, the dramatic coastline, the deeply shaded forests and the rocky, exposed summits of this beautiful island! 🙂
My favorite place to view fall color in Acadia is the summit of Connor’s Nubble. Shhhhhh……don’t tell anyone! It is a little out of the way for most people and, therefore, a nice spot for some solitude! I was all alone for at least 30 minutes. As I was sitting on a rock enjoying the view, I heard the unmistakable call of a loon echoing up from the surface of Eagle Lake. Love that sound!
After coming down from Connor’s Nubble, I hiked the North Bubble Trail and the Jordan Pond Carry Path back to my car. Another less travelled trail – but with absolutely stunning views. A nice 6.75 mile hike on a perfect fall day.
I managed to get down to the coast tonight just in time for an amazing sunset! I had this little piece of the coast all to myself. Pure heaven!
Waves meet rocks….I can’t ever get enough of sitting and watching the tide roll in – creating dramatic splashes against the rocks!
Little Hunter’s Beach is a lesser known spot on the park loop road and an easy 1.5 mile walk for me from my summer home. I love to visit here in the early morning or early evening. The best part of hanging out on the cobblestone beach is listening to the sound of the rolling stones as the water recedes during the ebb and flow of the incoming tide.
As I sat there drinking my coffee, the water started creeping closer and closer to my rock perch. Eventually, it began to creep over the rock in front of me. I loved the way the foam curled over this protruding rock! 🙂
At one point, I thought my sneakers were going to get drenched so I hopped up a tad too quickly. Walking on these small cobblestones is tricky as they are very unstable under the feet. As I started to rise from my crouching position, the stones shifted under me and I tumbled very ungracefully sideways. Much to my chagrin, it was entertainment for the couple sitting further down the beach – who caught my fall!