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’m waiting for things to green up around here… Duck Brook Bridge and the stream that runs under it (not surprisingly called Duck Brook!) is a great place to spend some time in the fall. It’s one of those elusive spots in Acadia National Park where the foliage color really pops, and almost as a bonus, there’s a pretty cool waterfall that adds another element to the scene. Not on the more popular tourist trail within Acadia, this location is literally only minutes from the hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor. I was attracted to the classic Acadia carriage road sign that pointed toward the bridge, and although the colors were nice in the late morning sun, I opted to once again present the scene as a black and white. From another time, below are some of the awesome fall colors that can be found along the the brook.
As I walked underneath the Eagle Lake bridge I noticed that the sun, which doesn’t get very high in the sky this time of year, was playing hide and seek amongst a stand of tall, lakeside trees. Wanting to capture the sunburst, I chose a small aperture (f20) to capture the effect, and I also found the shadows reaching into the tunnel to be quite interesting. A thin layer of lingering snow baked pretty solidly with a coating of hard and rutted ice on top made for some tentative walking as I guarded my camera gear and gingerly explored the area for compositions I liked.
Eagle Lake itself was just starting to freeze over for what will now likely be a couple of months, and as I stood on the shore listening to some amazingly deep and primal sounds made by the ice and water moving, my mind was already racing forward to springtime when everything around me would be coming back to life and greening up. As with many of the structures in Acadia, the bridge at Eagle Lake has always fascinated me. The architecture is spectacularly classic Acadia, and I always seem to get drawn to arranging elements in this scene in a symmetrical way. So much for the rule of thirds, eh?
Seeing this bridge was a nice surprise as we made our way from the shore of Jordan Pond up the Deer Brook Trail toward our ultimate goal, the summit of Sargent Mountain. When we visited, the water in the brook itself was relatively low making it easy to cross, and stopping here to admire the view gave us an opportunity re-charge our batteries before taking on the strenuous East Cliffs Trail which intersects just a little further up the Deer Brook Trail.
This 140 foot long bridge has two tall rounded arches that each span 8 feet. These beautiful arches are separated by a strong central column that is home to a circular carving of the year the bridge was built… 1925. As with most of the incredibly ornate bridges found throughout the park, Deer Brook Bridge blends effortlessly into the surroundings, testament to the design and intent of its creators.
There are 17 stone-capped bridges scattered all over the 45 miles of Acadia carriage roads, and each one has its own unique character and design. The architecture of these bridges absolutely fascinates me, and I am planning a project where I will visit and photograph each of them sometime in the next year. Imagine how different this scene would be when the fall foliage hits its peak!