Afternoon light at Bass Harbor


Bass Harbor Lighthouse in Acadia National Park is one of those iconic picture postcard type locations that every visitor to Maine should see. Perched high above the Atlantic Ocean, this classic New England lighthouse does it’s job proudly as it both welcomes and warns mariners navigating the waters of the Blue Hill Bay. A short walk through a coastal forest leads you to a series of steep stairs, but once you make it to the bottom of those stairs you are right here… with an awesome view.

From a landscape photographer’s perspective, this scene is a dream. It works at all times of the day, and the impressive foreground rocks leading toward the very photogenic lighthouse allow for many compositional possibilities. This is a favorite place of mine, and one that I return to quite often at different times of the day and in different conditions.

As you can see, these particular photographs weren’t made in the early morning, nor were they made in the waning, golden light of the evening. Although spectacular in morning or evening light, this place is just so beautiful that it works in all conditions and at any time of day. So, even in the afternoon light, make sure to have your camera fully charged and at the ready… you never know what you might find!


19 thoughts on “Afternoon light at Bass Harbor

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Leanne. Those rocks in the foreground really are something… lots of compositional possibilities.

  1. I’m headed over to “that” side of the island this Saturday for an appointment. Plan to stop here as well as look for the lupine near Beech Cliffs. Fingers crossed for good weather!

    • David Patterson

      Yeah… right now Sunday looks like the better of the two days. Make sure to share your pics of the Lupine… my favorite flower.

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Abe. Me neither… I’ve got two weeks in a summer house coming up right beside this place. Might have to wander down here early on a few mornings 🙂

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Kieran. We had some stormy weather move through during the night, and by this stage of the afternoon we were left with some fast-moving and dramatic clouds.

  2. This is an awesome view. Thanks for sharing this photo with us. I love visiting lighthouses but haven’t been to Acadia in many years, now I can’t wait to be able to see it in person.

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