Some four weeks ago I, along with my long time friend Andy, took a trip to a part of this country I have never visited before. We traveled to Maine and Acadia National Park. Being a native of coastal South Carolina I must say I was utterly amazed! The rocky shoreline, the clarity of the water both in the ocean and the numerous lakes we visited, the brilliance of the stars in the night sky were all surprises that I was not prepared for. I can’t wait to get back!
Initially designated Sieur de Monts National Monument by presidential proclamation in 1916 the park was renamed and redesignated as Lafayette National Park in 1919 and then renamed Acadia National Park in 1929. Acadia National Park is the oldest national park in the United States east of the Mississippi River and is the only one in the Northeast United States.
We did our best to hit all of the highlights. We shot two sunrises and two sunsets from Cadillac Mountain and sunrises and sunsets from Otter Point. We visited Thunder Hole and Otter Cove and did lots of shooting along the Ocean Path that parallels the Park Loop Road from Sand Beach to Otter Point. We were able to shoot the Milky Way from Eagle Lake and star trails from Echo Lake Beach.
One of our highlights, and one location I had high hopes of shooting was the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. We shot here for a rather crowded sunset and a virtually deserted sunrise. We were fortunate to have beautiful light for both. We found great, off the beaten path, locations along the way there and back.
My primary goal for this trip was to scout locations for a workshop that I am planning for Acadia next year. I am still working out the details and laying the groundwork but I am planning to hold the workshop in early September 2019. If you would like to learn more keep watching this blog, my Facebook page, or my website for more information. You could also send me an email,or comment on this blog post, and I’ll put you on the mailing list specifically for Acadia.