Acadia National Park and the Maine Coast in the Fall

October 2021

There is so much to like about the Maine coast in the Fall. The rocky coast is unlike anywhere else in the United States, and the sunrises can be nothing short of spectacular. Quaint towns like Bar Harbor are just a pleasure to visit. The fall colors with reds and oranges are amazing. On top of it all, there are delicious Lobster Rolls everywhere.

Acadia National Park is loaded with photographic opportunities. For my first sunrise there, I headed to the Rocky Coast near Thunder Hole. I like this area as there are possibilities in multiple directions. The sunrise did not let me down.

Rocky Coast Sunrise
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Sun On The Rocks
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It wasn’t hard to find nice fall color. One of the most enjoyable walks I had was on Jesup Path, which was surrounded by a variety of trees with fall color.

Jesup Path
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Acadia Orange
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One of the locations that I had not photographed on previous trips there was Boulder Beach. When I arrived in the pre-dawn darkness and had to stumble around on the big, round rocks, I realized I should have scoped out my spot the previous afternoon. After the sun rose over the horizon and lit up the boulders and the coastline, I forgave myself for this little mistake. I captured the image I was after.

Boulder Beach
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Close to Acadia National Park is the Asticou Azalea Garden and the white footbridge at the Somesville Garden. These locations are transformed in the fall to amazing and colorful scenes.

Red Reflection
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Somesville Garden
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Other fall color scenes are scattered throughout the Park. I had always wanted to capture an image of one of the stone bridges during the fall, and I made good use of a cloudy afternoon to do so. A rainy day had the stones on Little Hunters Beach wet and saturated with color.

Stone Bridge
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Colorful Cobblestones
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Other fun locations to photograph are Monument Cove and Jordan Pond.

Monument Cove
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Jordan Pond
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One of the cool things about the Maine Coast are the lighthouses. To the north of the Park is the Marshall Point Lighthouse, which was in the movie “Forrest Gump” as one of the locations he stopped at during his long run. To the south of the Park is the Permaquid Point Lighthouse. The view of the lighthouse reflecting in a large puddle at sunrise was a fun one to photograph. On another day, I photographed it from nearby with an amazing sunrise.

Marshall Point Lighthouse
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Permaquid Point Lighthouse
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Permaquid Sunrise
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Fortunately, fall colors take place at different times during the year at different places. While mid-October was great in Maine, I will be going next to Caddo Lake in Texas in mid-November for fall colors on the Cypress Trees. It's going to be fun kayaking through the swamp.