This week, our guest host Dianne Millard asks us to share our adventures in “the wild.” You know I’m a city girl, but I deeply love nature and its power to heal, rejuvenate and inspire us.
Acadia National Park has been our dream destination for many years, so we made a resolution to visit there before we left New England and started our travels. It’s still cool up in Bar Harbor, Maine, but since we’re starting our travels soon, we packed up and drove north last week.
We weren’t disappointed.
We knew the park is very popular, but in fact it’s one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States with over 3.5 million visitors per year. Of course, in May, the park was quiet, an ideal time to enjoy the beauty and majesty of this massive, breathtaking part of the country.
The park is very diverse–encompassing beaches, marshes, woodland, and 26 mountains. No wonder why it’s a hiker’s paradise. Here you can see the view from Park Loop Road, which is the main thoroughfare through the park.
One day we trekked around Jordan Pond, which has stunning views of several mountains. As you can see, the water is crystal clear.
The woods were fragrant with the scent of pine. Various types of moss covered many of the felled trees.
Some of the trees were new to us–like Jack pine and pitch pine.
Here you can see pine cones growing in a cluster.
Another day, we hiked along the Ocean Path with stunning views of the rocky Maine coast and Sand Beach. Those little specks you see on the sand are people! The colored specks in the water are lobster pots. Of course, we ate our share of the local specialty.
Talk about a million dollar view… This last image was shot at the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the northern Atlantic seacoast. To give you a sense of the scale of this scene, the white cluster near the shoreline is the town of Bar Harbor with a population of 5,000 people. I wish I could say I hiked to the top of the mountain, but….
Our special thanks to Dianne for hosting this week’s Let’s Get Wild challenge and allowing me to share our adventure to Acadia National Park, a pristine sanctuary that is still wonderfully wild. When you visit Dianne’s site, you’ll see plenty of beautiful examples of her photography shot in the wild and you’ll quickly see how her love of nature has been integral part of her work as a forest ranger with the National Parks Service. Be sure to visit her post.
More thanks go to all of you who participated in and enjoyed last week’s Blue and Green challenge. Your images were wonderfully cool, diverse, and refreshing!
We hope you’ll join us next week when it’s my turn to host From Large to Small. Here are the details: Pick a color and take several photos that feature that color. Start with a photo of a big subject in that color (for example, a wall) and move all the way down to a small subject in that same color (for example, an earring).
Until then, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.