Bubble Pond remains a quiet oasis in the middle of a heavily traveled summer season in Acadia National Park. Perhaps it’s because the tiny little parking lot only holds no more than a dozen cars, or maybe it’s because people are in a hurry to get to a couple of classic park icons about a mile on either side… Jordan Pond to the south and Cadillac Mountain to the north. Whatever the reason, I’m OK with it – this jewel of tranquility can stay quiet forever as far as I’m concerned. In the first image, the setting sun bathes the lower part of the west face of Cadillac in golden light, and in the photograph below you get a simple view of Bubble Pond Bridge, one of the famous Acadia carriage road bridges. It’s August 1st already… where does the summer go?
I recently headed north to Aroostook County for a work-related event, and on the way back home I slowly meandered through the local landscape looking for opportunities to break out the camera. I had been hoping to photograph the mighty and still snow-capped Mount Katahdin, but the gloomy weather and low clouds put an end to that idea.
Just outside the town of Millinocket, I stumbled on this old but still active structure bridging the Penobscot River. The track and bridge looked to be in decent shape, and as I straddled the lines to make this photograph, I couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like if a working engine were to pass by.
The leading lines in this scene are obviously what caught my attention, and even at the time I pressed the shutter, I was eager to see how this one would appear in black and white.
This will be my last post for a while with “Bubble” in the title 😉
Built in 1928, the Bubble Pond Bridge is classic Acadia. Part of the network of carriage trails and bridges financed by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and designed by Welles Bosworth and Charles Stoughton, this bridge is a remarkable example of local elements being combined in architectural design.
Though beautiful and incredibly detailed in their construction, each of the bridges of Acadia National Park blends so well into the surroundings that one might be forgiven for not even noticing them. There are 17 bridges scattered throughout the 45 miles of auto-free carriage trails on the eastern side of Mount Desert Island, and they stand as a reminder of why the Rockefellers gifted much of this land for preservation and trust.
I have spent quite a bit of time photographing along the Loop Road this spring, though lately I have been thinking more and more about getting into the heart of the park to explore the carriage trails and see some of the bridges. Perhaps the most famous, and certainly the oldest, is known as Cobblestone Bridge.
This bridge spans the Jordan Pond Stream and was commissioned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1917. The cobblestone facade makes this an architectural design unique within the park, and the rounded boulders used in the construction process help the bridge blend into the local landscape.
On this particular morning the flow of water in the Jordan Pond Stream was pretty insignificant, though I would love to return sometime when the water level was higher. Even though I enjoyed the lush spring surroundings, I can’t help wondering what this area would look like in the fall when the leaves start to change color. Perhaps there is another visit in the cards…