Seawall sunset?

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Yet another foggy sunset… two days into our vacation and I was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to see the sun!  Having said that, landscape photographers look for several things when making photographs… an interesting scene of course, good light, and one of the most important components of many good landscape photographs… an interesting sky. Ideally you get to include dramatic clouds with a fiery sunrise/sunset sky in every composition, but since that isn’t always possible, my next favorite type of condition to shoot in is fog… the thicker the better. Luckily there was plenty on hand on this particular evening.

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People said that bringing a dog into our lives would be the healthiest thing we could ever do, since providing him with adequate exercise would mean that we too would have to get ourselves moving… they were right, and boy does it feel good! Day two of our “summer” vacation in Acadia National Park, and it was time for Oliver’s evening stroll. We’d already covered the two local trails (Wonderland and Ship Harbor) so we decided to go a couple of miles further from the cottage and explore the rocky shoreline of Seawall. On the western side of Mount Desert Island, Seawall is a naturally formed rocky sea wall that offers protection from the Atlantic and great views of Great Cranberry Island. Neighboring a popular wooded campground, this favorite picnicking spot is renowned for the expansive area of shallow tide pools rich in ocean life that become accessible when the tide is low. Oliver had a great time scampering over the wet rocks and exploring all of the salty, stinky smells uncovered by the wet conditions, and we enjoyed sharing our somewhat subdued Seawall sunset with him.

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The fleet at rest…

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So… I had grand plans to do some landscape photography while spending time in Acadia, but so far the weather has been somewhat uncooperative. It seems like on any day the weather is decent, the clouds roll in right on cue to deny any good evening light, and as for the early mornings… well, let’s just say my camera isn’t entirely waterproof, and with the rain comes far from ideal light. The end result… slim pickings so far, but the weather over the next couple of days is supposed to brighten up.

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Fingers crossed I can get out with the camera a bit more, but in the meantime, here are a couple from a foggy evening spent in Bar Harbor. If you’ve ever been to Bar Harbor, you will know how strong the draw of the oceanfront is as you walk down the hill toward Agamont Park and the harbor. On this particular evening, the pull was even stronger. The fishing fleet was anchored and resting for the night, and there was a remarkable misty calm laying over the water like a soft and soothing blanket.

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Blue Fog

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When you’re up early, you see things most people don’t get to see. The scene above presented itself at 5:40am as Oliver and I started out on our pre-dawn walk. Most of the time, this is just another stand of trees trying to green up for the summer, but on this particular morning, it was transformed into a fog-shrouded and magical landscape with trunks and limbs intertwined and seemingly stretching forever. In fact, the morning fog was so thick, that as we continued our walk, the sun never did win the battle to break through and make an appearance, but the soft light generated made for some unusual views of usual places.

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Morning Frost II

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Actually, this one should be titled Morning Fog. Acting on Tony’s suggestion to return to this location in different seasons and different conditions, I took a look at the tree I photographed previously on a frosty morning. This time the grass is already greener, some of the leaves have bloomed, there’s a beautiful foggy backdrop, and if you look closely, you’ll see a good friend of mine doing his thing and enjoying the wet grass.