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Acadia As Art For Your Home
With well over 2 million visitors a year, it is clear that there are many beautiful scenes to experience in Acadia National Park. You may be there to hike the many trails, swim at Sand Beach, watch the meteors from Cadillac Mountain, or just see the sights. For whatever reason you are there, I offer the opportunity for you to bring home your experience in the form of a fine art print of Acadia National Park.
Maybe you strolled down the carriageway to The Cobblestone Bridge or walked around Jordan Pond after a nice lunch at the Jordan Pond House. Maybe you were fortunate enough to experience huge waves at Thunder Hole or Otter Cliff.
Maybe you saw the lighthouses at Bass Harbor, Pemaquid Point, or Marshall Point. It could have been the beautiful scenes at Asticou Gardens or the Somesville white footbridge.
There is every reason to want to have one of these unique scenes of Acadia National Park as a fine art print. Please take a look at the selections below and if you have any questions, please contact me.
Visiting and Photographing Acadia National Park
Let’s explore Acadia National Park and talk about why it is the most interesting location to visit and photograph on the entire coast of the Northeastern United States.
There is a combination of mountains, lakes, streams, and coastal scenes that are unlike any other place in Maine or surrounding states. Vermont and New Hampshire have the mountains, but not the stunning rocky coast.
Bar Harbor is the epitome of a quaint New England town. After a day’s photography in the Park, it is the perfect place to stop for a tasty lobster dinner and to stroll the main street shops in the cool evening air. Of course, a stop at one of the ice cream parlors is in order.
There are a variety of places in and around the harbor to photograph boats and other harbor scenes. Just before you enter the Park, there is a short road to the Schooner Head Overlook. This is a good place for sunrise images in the summer when the sun is rising from the northeast.
The first stop in the Park is Sand Beach and the Sand Beach Overlook. This can be the most crowded area in the Park, so you want to arrive before sunrise. It's possible to pick up some fall colors from the overlook if you’re there in October.
Next, you come to what I feel is the most unusual and attractive rocky coast in the United States. The rocks are huge, red, and shaped like large blocks. I have been all over the country and have never seen anything like it. From just after Sand Beach, past Thunder Hole, and down to Otter Cliff, there are endless opportunities to use these beautiful rocks in the photograph. I do recommend being there at high tide to eliminate the black-stained rocks that show at low tide.
Thunder Hole is one of those locations that require a little luck to get the big splash. I was fortunate enough to be there when a tropical storm was offshore, creating some large ocean swells that exploded when they entered Thunder Hole. If you don’t live too far away, you can time your visit for this.
Just past Monument Cove is Boulder Beach. It is aptly named with a beach filled with smooth, round rocks that make for the interesting foreground in a photograph of the ocean and surrounding cliffs. It’s an easy walk down to the beach and it's good for either sunrise or sunset.
The park road eventually moves away from the coast and works its way inland. The first stop of note is Jordan Pond. The iconic photograph is looking up the pond to the north, with the Bubbles (small hills) in the background. You will also want to return here for lunch as the food at the Jordan Pond Restaurant is superb.
The Jordan Stream Path heads south and takes you to the Cobblestone Bridge, my favorite of all the Carriage Road bridges. There is usually more water flowing under the river in the Spring. Even if there is not much water in the stream, the bridge still makes for an excellent photograph from the side.
There are quite a few of the Carriage Road bridges, and I haven’t had the time to hike to most of them. They can be quite a hike, long and uphill, so do your research before you start exploring. There are several sources of information and maps for the Carriage Road and the bridges.
Cadillac Mountain is famous for its panoramic views of Bar Harbor. There are views both east and west, so you are good for either sunrise or sunset. There might be a reservation system in effect during the peak months due to recent increases in visitation. Just be sure to check with the Park Service.
The Bass Harbor Lighthouse is a wonderful place to photograph the sunset. It can be a little crowded and there are limited spots on the rocks below for good compositions, so don’t wait until the last minute to get there. While you’re in the area, there are many good harbor scenes to photograph.
Schoodic Point is on the peninsula east of the one that Acadia National Park is on. It is well worth the drive over there for a sunset photograph. The rocky coast is similar to the coast in Acadia.
I have only scratched the surface of what there is to hike to and photograph in Acadia National Park. I hope you get the chance to visit this beautiful National Park.
Fun Facts About Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is one of 63 National Parks in the United States and was established on February 26, 1919. It is located on Mount Desert Island and other islands on the coast of Maine near the quaint town of Bar Harbor.
So how did this patch of land that contains forests, lakes, mountains with stunning ocean views become the jewel it is today? It took efforts by visionaries, engineers, landscape architects, and skilled laborers with a deep commitment to creating this unique and scenic national park.
The quest began in 1868 when George B Dorr (who is called the father of Acadia National Park) visited Mount Desert Island on vacation and decided to make the island his primary home. Dorr came from a Boston family of wealth and had traveled extensively. He never married and spent most of his adult life working towards creating and preserving the park.
In 1901, Dorr and others created the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations for the purpose of “…acquiring, owning and holding lands and other property in Hancock County for free public use.” By 1913, the corporation had acquired 6,000 acres across Mount Desert Island.
In 1916, after countless trips and meetings with government officials, Dorr presented 5,000 acres of land to the federal government and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson created the Seur de Monts National Monument. Finally, in 1919 the land was designated the Lafayette National Park and was the first national park created east of the Mississippi. The Park was renamed Acadia in 1929 to preserve the historic name given to the area in 1604. Dorr became the first park superintendent.
One of the unique features of Acadia National Park is the forty-five miles of rustic carriage roads which were a gift to the park by the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The roads were constructed from 1913 to 1940 and allowed visitors to travel into the heart of Mount Desert Island via horse and carriage.
They are broken-stone roads and were constructed using time-consuming manual labor. Rockefeller designed the roads so they would follow the contours of the land and kept the needs of horse-drawn carriages in mind as he graded the roads making certain they blended in with the landscape.
As you walk, hike, or bike along the roads today, you will note large blocks of granite lining the roads. They serve as guard rails and are called coping stones and help create the rustic appearance of the area. You will also see stone-faced bridges that span streams, roads, and other landscape components. The native stone gives the bridges a rustic and natural appearance but the bridges are made of steel-reinforced concrete. All of Rockefeller’s choices helped to create a carriage roadway that blends beautifully with the surrounding landscape.
Besides beautiful landscapes, Maine is also known for its lighthouses. Near Acadia National Park is the Marshall Point lighthouse. The first lighthouse at Marshall Point was built in 1832 and a new tower was built at its present site in 1858. The original light came from lard oil lamps but today the light comes from a LED light encased in plastic.
The first Keeper’s house was also built in 1832 and it was later destroyed by lightning. A new home was built in 1895. The lightkeeper who served the longest was Charles Skinner who served from 1874 to 1919. The last lightkeeper was Will Boddy, who left in 1971 when the light became automated. An interesting side note is that Marshall Point Lighthouse is also known as the Gump Lighthouse because a scene from the movie Forrest Gump was filmed at the lighthouse during his cross-country run
There is much to do at Acadia National Park. Are you a big-time bird watcher and walk around with binoculars hanging from your neck? Then you will be happy at Acadia as it is considered one of the premier bird-watching areas in the United States.
Would you like to do something more adventurous while you enjoy the beauty of the area and instead of watching birds, get a birds-eye view of the area? Then book an air tour where you can see the rocky shores, beaches, lighthouses, mountains….. giving you breathtaking views of the landscape below you.
Or, you can view the landscape and the coastal scenery by taking a puffin or whale watching cruise along the coast of Mount Desert Island. The area is rich in marine life. You will also see bald eagles, falcons, and the Atlantic Puffin which is a pigeon-sized bird that lives on the ocean most of the year. These amazing creatures can swim underwater and are true sea birds.
Acadia is also home to Bar Harbor which is filled with unique shops and restaurants. You can stroll along the Shore Path and take in the beauty of the sea and finish up your stroll by having coffee at a local cafe or enjoying a seafood dinner.
As you can see from the pictures in this Acadia Photos gallery, the excitement of this area is due to the variety of landscapes… to enjoy sunrises or sunsets on the beach; the views from Cadillac Mountain; the lighthouses; the stone bridges….…all of these photographic opportunities are made possible by the many different sources of beauty in the park and surrounding areas.
Whether you prefer the quiet solitude of a Carriage Road or streets filled with shops and restaurants and chattering voices….Acadia National Park is truly a “do-not-miss-seeing” vacation destination…. And one I am certain you will enjoy.