Schoodic Penninsula, Acadia National Park


There’s more to Acadia than Mount Desert Island, and this past weekend I had an opportunity to explore a much less traveled part of the park, Schoodic Penninsula. Schoodic lies across Frenchman Bay from MDI, and for those interested in a markedly quieter – but still strikingly beautiful – experience in the easternmost national park, then this is the place for you. Big rocks, big waves and an exposed, windblown landscape… what’s not to like? Although there might be a little bit of wide-angle distortion going on in the upper left corner of the frame above, those trees really were leaning backwards like that having been shaped by the elements for years.

I hadn’t ever been to Schoodic for sunrise, so this was very much an exploratory mission. With no real plan in place other than to head to the main parking lot and then delve into the fantastically rugged shoreline, I fairly quickly stumbled on this rain-filled pool which had a thin sheen of ice on it. The sun had yet to rise to the east, but I was immediately drawn to the sky being reflected in the pool, the irregular shape of the water, and that familiar cloudless, colorful gradient in the sky which made for a wonderful backdrop.


27 thoughts on “Schoodic Penninsula, Acadia National Park

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Claude. I got a couple I liked from this location, and after spending a little time exploring the rest of the area, I’ll definitely be back for more!

    • David Patterson

      Thanks… that little pool caught my eye as soon as I got there and knew I had to try and fit it into a composition.

  1. You went to Schoodic!! Now, ya got me “itching” to drive over there. You picked a great location for your shoot – these pics are beautiful; calming and restful. A good way to start the day!!

    • David Patterson

      Just wait till you see the place! I liked this “main drag” stretch of the coastline – it’s sort of like the Loop Road from Sand Beach to Otter Cliffs – but when I went exploring later in the morning I found some spots that I think might be SPECTACULAR!

        • David Patterson

          Yeah… I mention those lines of basalt in an upcoming post. It’s always fun to learn about an area you are photographing. Have a great trip.

  2. Bob

    This is Jeanne and I’s most favorite part of the Park. Nice to see how it looks at sunrise. Those are deep colors we don’t get a chance to see.

    • David Patterson

      Bob… thanks. Schoodic is fast becoming a favorite of mine too. Next time I ask if you want to get up early and come with me… that’s how you see the deep colors πŸ™‚

    • David Patterson

      Sunrise comes early this far out on the east coast, especially this time of year. It’s an early start for sure, but it’s definitely worth the payoff πŸ™‚

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