Acadia National Park: Sieur de Monts, Abbe Museum, Wild Gardens of Acadia, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Cadillac Mountain

6/28/14 Saturday in Bar Harbor, ME (Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort-RCG)

First the Visitor’s Center at Hull’s Cove. It looks like you walk right into it, like everywhere else but soon you find that THIS park believes you like to hike!

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Next destination: the Farmer’s Market in Bar Harbor. We followed Lily’s directions, but couldn’t find it. Finally asked some locals where it was, only to find out that we were in the right place but the market is only on Sundays. Ah, so off we went to join up with the Park Loop road to continue our journey.

Sieur de Monts: here we walked a couple short trails from the Nature Center, one of which led to the Abbe Museum. The tipi is a part of this museum of Indian artifacts. The first trails were built by the Wabanaki tribes, then the European settlers, then in the 19th and 20th centuries committees were formed in the villages to plan, build and maintain them. George Dorr, the founding father and first superintendent of Acadia NP, was entranced by the Sieur de Monts Springs. Many artists gathered here to sketch and paint. This domed structure was over running water. We think that may be the Spring?

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Abbe Museum

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My favorite walk was in the “Wild Gardens of Acadia” where they put typical plantings for various plant systems like bog, meadow, beach… The bench you see was John’s favorite spot as I was captivated with taking photos.

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On the road again, we came across 2 of 17 stone bridges. Then various shots of the coastline.

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Sand Beach, the only true sand beach in Acadia.

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Next up: Thunder Hole. Unfortunately, the tide was low, so no thunderous waves today. We’ll be back. The second image is nearby coast. Do you see any sand?

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Off to Otter Point, where I tried to catch a splash on the rocks.

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We stopped for lunch at Fabbri, to be sweetly entertained by these 2 woodpeckers. I think the red headed one is a youngster that mom is feeding because he/she can’t do that well yet.

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At Jordan Pond the crowds were the worst. Because the parking was so hard to find we figured it would also be hard to hike or get a popover and tea and the restaurant there, so we moved on. I did get a shot of an old carriage house and the carriage road. There are many here-carriage roads at least.

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Thus we went on home, where John fell asleep while watching golf and I was outside reading. Supper was leftover pork. Then we went back to Acadia, driving up Cadillac Mountain (the highest mountain on the Eastern coast) for the sunset. This experience reminded us of Cooper’s Rock in West Virginia.

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Our drive home was a lovely end to a beautiful day.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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2 Responses to Acadia National Park: Sieur de Monts, Abbe Museum, Wild Gardens of Acadia, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Cadillac Mountain

  1. Beautiful photos! I loved seeing the woodpeckers.

    • tjelser says:

      Thank you. It was such a special treat to happen right in front of us as we were eating. No one else there even noticed them.

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