“The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
This week my husband and I are enjoying time with family in Maine’s beautiful Acadia National Park and its surrounding towns. Since Erica’s challenge for the week asks us to demonstrate transition, I thought the awakening of sleepy Bar Harbor with a glorious sunrise just might fit the bill.
“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
Although the Bard may see it as wasting time, in my view a week of R&R, in a new place with incredible opportunities for photography, and surrounded by family, is definitely food for the soul. Above, some of the many lobster fishing boats one finds around every corner of the area as they transition into summer’s activity.
“The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.”
Lobster, both as a business and as food, is everywhere you look while in this area. There are lobster pounds creating delicious dishes to be eaten in the fresh air overlooking the sea. There are buoys and boats and big red lobster signs greeting you around every corner. In fact, a separate blog post on just that subject will be coming soon 😀, but suffice it to say we’ve eaten our fair share and then some.
“The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.”
Jacques Yves Cousteau
Tides in the area vary by as much as 12′ on a given day. During lower tides, tide pools can be seen most anywhere, teeming with life and sea creatures – such as the snails above and the seaweed below. Mr. Cousteau got it right – there is wonder to be had wherever the sea has kissed the land.
“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There was a time when seabirds were nearly extinct in the seas around this area but thanks to the National Park Service and the efforts of conservationists they are once again plentiful. We saw many gulls swooping in and out of the rocks enjoying the plentiful fruits of the crystal clear seas.
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
Winters are famously harsh in Maine, and summers fairly short. Perhaps because of this, the flowers that find their way through the difficult seasons are incredibly robust and colorful. They dot many of the open fields that lead to the sea, giving visitors an enchanting view of some of natures finest offerings.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
No post about Maine would be complete without at least one capture of her rocky shoreline. The landscapes here are breathtaking – surrounding you no matter where you travel or which way you look. The weather was beautifully cooperative, and our week of hiking, biking, sailing and eating could not have been more perfect.
“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”
Although I’ve included more photographs than I might usually, there is SO much more to be seen. Hopefully I’ve given you a flavor of the beauty that surrounds us here. If not, rest assured there will be more examples to come 😊.