New Fine Art Pictures of Peggy's Cove and Acadia National Park
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Going out to Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia made its way onto my bucket list a few years ago. I also had some unfinished business on the Maine coast.
I began the trip with a drive to Nova Scotia from the Bangor, Maine airport. Arriving the afternoon in Bangor, it was going to be a two-day drive to Peggy’s Cove. I got through Canadian customs without any issues, COVID or otherwise on the second day and made it to Halifax ready for my two days of shooting at Peggy’s Cove.
I knew I would probably not have a chance to make it back, so I was really hoping for good conditions and great skies. Mother Nature was really nice to me for both sunrise and sunset. The wind was calm and I was able to capture some great reflections. The Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is one of the most picturesque lighthouse settings I have had the pleasure to photograph.
I also wanted to capture some of the feel of the Nova Scotia coast and Peggy’s Cove. The colorful boats in the harbor, the fishing boat at anchor and other sights in Peggy’s Cove were a pleasure to photograph. Of course, dinner overlooking the cove was pretty nice too.
I left Nova Scotia thrilled with what I had accomplished. I was off to York, Maine to photograph the Nubble lighthouse. I had been there once before but only had time for one sunrise attempt and the conditions were poor so no photograph. This time I gave myself time for two sunsets and two sunrises. Once again, Mother Nature favored me with a sun setting behind me with it’s orange light all the way down to the horizon lighting up the lighthouse and clouds in front of me perfectly.
My next stop was back north to Acadia National Park, but not without a sunrise at the Portland Head Lighthouse. I had photographed it on a previous trip from the south side at sunset. This time the goal was to shoot it from the north side at sunrise. Once again, conditions were perfect and I captured the photograph I was hoping for.
Acadia National Park is one of those places that seems to always have something for me that I had not photographed before. On this trip, I wanted to capture the lush greens of summer. The white Aspen trunks contrasting with the forest greens were impossible to resist. The myriad of old carriage roads in the park are simply enchanting.
Being on the Maine coast, Acadia National Park is also a great place to photograph marine scenes. Bar Harbor has a wonderful refuge for boats and many are anchored there. I’ve always wanted to photograph a schooner at anchor. Schooners are two masted sailboats with the taller mast in the rear. They are very rare. I couldn’t believe my luck one morning when I went to the harbor to see one there all by itself.
Southwest Harbor is one of those harbors that I had tried to photograph on previous trips, but the skies and conditions were never good enough. Finally, at the end of this trip, Mother Nature relented and gave me a good sky.
The trip involved some detailed planning due to the many locations, but it all came together. The flight home from Bangor, Maine was an enjoyable one.