My time in Acadia National Park usually consists of an early morning drive down to the coast for what I always hope will be a glorious sunrise with amazing light. Rarely do I actually stay on the island, and in the summer when the sun rises before 5:00 a.m., that invariably means a very, very early start. So when granny and grandpa recently rented a cottage in Bass Harbor, I felt like I had been given a free pass to photographing some of the beautiful and classic local Acadian landscapes – without having to sacrifice much of highly my cherished sleep.
Other than a soggy 4th of July, the two weeks at the cottage were filled with nothing but blue skies and spectacularly warm temperatures. For vacationers the weather was perfect, but for someone looking for skies filled with dramatic clouds, it was a little bit disappointing. The first few days of the vacation I set my alarm for early o’clock, only to wake up each morning and see clear and cloudless skies. Not particularly conducive to interesting landscape photography, after a while I decided to give up on the photography part, and I reverted to vacation mode where I simply relaxed and enjoyed what was a very revitalizing time.
One of the benefits of spending family time near Bass Harbor Lighthouse is being able to take the kayak out onto the ocean to get a different take on a familiar scene. I have photographed this lighthouse many times, though most of my favorite images have been from the more traditional location on the jagged rocks below the cliffs. Both of these photographs were made at about 8:00 a.m. on an amazingly peaceful morning as the tide was going out. Lori paddled while I photographed… what a way to start the day!