One more week to go with my photographic journey experiment! I worked an odd shift today which meant I did not have time to get out and take pictures. So, I will once again post an older photo – taken towards the end of August. As we approach the full moon for September, I am reminded of the pictures I shot of the August full moon called the Sturgeon Moon. Historically, the August moon was called the Sturgeon Moon because the sturgeon fish were most easily harvested during the month of August. This nomenclature dates back to colonial days. It was one of my first attempts to capture a nighttime photograph using my tripod. My goal for tomorrow night and Monday night is to once again practice my evening photography. As a prelude to those photographs, I’ve included some of my August full moon shots. I chose the shot where the moon is slightly masked behind some clouds. I have others with the moon more visible, but I actually thought this was more interesting with the clouds! Thanks goes out to my husband Jim for accompanying me when I took these shots and providing me with encouragement and support.
My other shots of the Sturgeon Moon:
There is a high wind advisory in effect for coastal Maine this evening. I thought perhaps that might render some decent wave activity as the tide started rolling in on Little Hunter’s Beach. On my way to the beach along the path to the park loop road, this tree stump caught my eye. I think it was all the various textures that captured my attention. What I thought might be another “rock and water” scene for my photo of the day turned out to be something completely unexpected. I love it when that happens.
I’ll include a couple of my shots from Little Hunter’s Beach. I’m not particularly happy with either one but have some thoughts to improve these shots in the future.
I have not ventured to Hunter’s Beach Cove for several weeks. It was time for a visit. I love the old log bridge along the trail. It is weathered and starting to become moss covered. It feels ancient and timeless.
It was an overcast, dreary evening. I captured some photos on the cobblestone beach and I’m including a couple of the best ones below.
I’m cheating today with regard to my daily photographic upload. It was raining this morning and I had other obligations up until I needed to start work. And now that I’m done work, I’m too tired to attempt a nighttime excursion given the dark, cloudy skies. So, with that in mind, I decided to post a photo I took back in August 🙂
My son and daughter-in-law were visiting and we attempted to drive up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain for the sunset. Unfortunately, we did not plan well and the entrance to the summit was closed due to a full parking lot. We turned around and drove back to a small pull-off by the side of the park loop road that offered a view overlooking Eagle Lake. It turned out to be the perfect spot to set up my tripod and we watched a spectacular sunset over Eagle Lake.
Tomorrow I’ll be back on target with a “day of” photograph. Enjoy!
I started out the day working some overtime in the ranger station, and then was scheduled to meet some workamping friends at noon. Jim and I worked with these two couples in the Tetons last summer and they were both spending the summer working in New Hampshire near North Conway. They took a few days off to travel to Maine and visit Acadia so we connected with each other and had a nice day despite the threat of rain. We enjoyed a bite to eat at “The Thirsty Whale” in Bar Harbor and then hiked along the Ocean Path from Otter Point up to Thunder Hole. Thanks Rick, Gloria, Bill and Sandy for a really nice day. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with you and loved having some hiking partners! 🙂
I did not bring my Nikon with me today as it was raining when we left for Bar Harbor. So, my challenge is to upload a photo taken with my phone!! Ha! My particular phone is not known for its camera quality – especially in low light. It’s definitely not an iPhone! So, here is my best shot of the day. We spent some time lingering at Thunder Hole as the tide was coming in. The fog bank was drifting in and out allowing for some mystical shots with the sun peeking through the clouds.
I could not resist also adding the photo I took of the Ilex verticillata – Winterberry Holly growing along the cliffs. Has always been one of my favorite native plants.
Today was a busy day for me. My cousin Terry and her husband Frank are on the island celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary, and this morning we got together for a walk along the carriage roads. It was great to see them. It’s literally been years! We parted ways in Bar Harbor – and I grabbed some lunch and headed back to the village green to catch the shuttle to the campground. My timing was off so instead of waiting almost an hour for the next shuttle to the campground, I hopped on the Sand Beach shuttle, got off near Thunder Hole and walked along the cliffs. It was a beautiful day, and there was a nice breeze. I found a spot to relax, take some photos and I even laid down on the rocks for a short “nap” with the sound of the waves lulling me into a “light” sleep.
No tripod with me today since I was hopping shuttles and hiking. I just enjoyed the waves crashing on the rocks as the tide was coming in and captured some quick photos.
On my way back to the campground, I walk through a beautiful Ash forest and the Flat-topped Aster (Doellingeria umbellata) were flowering in drifts under the canopy. Not as focused as I would like without my tripod, but my goal was to just capture the scene. It was magical.
For the first time, I was not sure I would get a photograph done today to post. I decided to wait and try more nighttime photography. At first, I was just playing around with some shots at my campsite. My sister had given me some solar LED lights last winter. They are different shapes – a hummingbird, a butterfly, a dragonfly and a flower. They light up after dark and change color. Over last winter, the light reflecting off the snow was fun. When I set up camp here, I put them out where I could see them from the trailer. They always make me smile! So, I thought it would be fun to capture them at night.
I was outside and admiring the glow of the interior lights in the trailer. It looked so cozy, so I shot some pictures of the trailer. I liked the effect.
Then, I noticed the moon was up and headed down to the shore – walking down the loop road a bit until I found a spot that had some nice reflection on the water. I was disappointed in my wide-angle shots. I do not like the glare from the moon and I’m not sure the best way to avoid this so I’ll have to keep working on this! I find it challenging and love being out that time of night.
My moon shots just were not what I was looking for but I will include the best below.
At the campsite, my favorites were:
It’s been a long day. My work day started at 7:00 am and it was the busiest morning of the entire summer in the campground. That’s not what I would have predicted. On top of that, I had chosen to spend part of my work day today shadowing the crew at our Schoodic Woods campground – 1 1/2 hours drive north. I left for Schoodic around 12:30 pm. I love the Schoodic Peninsula and thoroughly enjoyed my time spent there. But, driving back to MDI I could tell I was losing steam and the long day was catching up to me. And then, I entered the island and noticed the dense fog bank starting to envelope the coast. I could tell my photographic journey was starting to have a serious impact on me! My enthusiasm to get a good photo opp today gave me a second wind. All I could think about was getting back to the campground, grabbing my camera and heading to the cliffs. The combination of the fog bank against a colorful sunset promised to be inspiring and I did not want to miss it.
I set up my tripod at the exact point where I captured the sunrise photo earlier in this blog series – over Otter Point. I took a number of pictures facing that direction but also changed perspective and swiveled the camera 180 degrees in the opposite direction. That was the photo that most inspired me. The simplicity of the scene and the subtle light was irresistible.
Just for fun, I zoomed in on the water below where my tripod was set up and slowed down the shutter speed so I could get a “dreamy” photo of the water churning around the rocks. Caught a gull enjoying a marine life snack!
It’s been awhile since I strolled around one of my favorite gardens here on Mount Desert Island – Thuya Gardens. I drove over there after work today and parked off Route 3 and hiked up the Asticou Terrace access to the garden. There were still some fall perennials and annuals blooming and I took a number of close-up shots of some of the best examples. After a couple of tours around the garden, I came upon some monarch butterflies feeding. There is a section of the garden where they have some native milkweed planted and I had snapped a few photos of the caterpillars earlier in the season. I took a few quick shots of the adult monarchs – and thought this one turned out pretty clear.
I thought I would share my photo of the caterpillar photo I captured earlier in the summer. I really like this angle.
There is a “social” path that leads off of the Quarry Trail in Acadia. I noticed it a few weeks ago but never ventured down that elusive trail. I suspect it has its origin in the village of Otter Creek, intersects the Quarry Trail and leads down to the Park Loop Road near where there is access to an old fishing shack on Otter Cove. This morning I decided to walk down this path to explore – figuring that I would be alone since it is not a marked trail. I was right. My goal this morning was to find an interesting shot of the incredible diversity of moss and lichen in the forest. I do not have a clue as to what species of moss and/or lichen are attached to this tree trunk but if you look closely there are several different plants/fungi growing here. I understand that mosses are indeed considered plants but lichen is a type of fungus. I just love the textures and colors. I need to look for a guide that will help me identify the species in the photo. For now, though – just enjoy!
One thing I will note. When I got my tripod out to set it up for this shot, I realized two things. One – I had forgotten my reading glasses! That meant I was limited to using the autofocus and viewfinder. Good Grief! Two – I had never used my tripod to take a shot with the camera turned vertical. It took me awhile to figure out how to manipulate my tripod to angle it appropriately! Good learning experience!