Acadia National Park
I’m sure there are quite a few of you out there who have had the privilege of visiting Acadia National Park. This is one of the few last national parks I had not had the opportunity to visit until this past October. I was not surprised that the park was crowded during the week. I purposefully avoided being there on a weekend, hoping to avoid the weekend surge of visitors, but the fall colors had done its magic of beckoning, and it did not matter what day it was. The crowds were there, which meant traffic, and sparse dining options. The crowds that amazed me the most were the dedicated people who were at Cadillac Mountain before sunrise. Parking lots full, people with lawn chairs waiting for that first glimpse, and the weather not cooperating at all. Gale strength winds, and rain coming at you sideways was my first introduction to trying to capture a sunrise at Cadillac Mountain. Alas on this trip, that elusive sunrise shot would not happen.
What I thoroughly did enjoy was a three-mile hike around Jordan Pond, and the coastal one-way drive along the Acadia National Park coastline. Despite the crowds on the paths and roads, Acadia was well worth the visit. My personal comment about this park was in some respects it felt like a fast food drive in. Easy to get to from Bar Harbor, only one mile away, and it seemed that you could enter and exit faster than you can say give me a fries with that order. If you go, those fall colors are something to behold. Though you can pretty much have that color high experience just about anywhere in the New England area. The other advantage to visiting Acadia is the town of Bar Harbor. It’s touristy, but it has it’s own historical charm about it, and it’s a fun town to walk around in. Not too many of our national parks have a town right next to them that provides you with great accommodations and eating establishments to cover any budget. The images shown here were taken with the Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II and the 12-100mm f/4 Zuiko lens. I did take along the Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 and 25mm f/1.2 to round out my kit, along with a small Gitzo tripod, of which, I never used. Too many clouds for night photography to even consider using the tripod. This trip I went with just one camera and these three lenses. Decided to try a lighter kit than taking the Pentax 645Z or Nikon D850. I’m glad I did.