Maine - Day 2

Our second day on our Maine vacation was spent on Schoodic Penninsula, which is part of Acadia National Park, but is a less visited part of the park so there are fewer crowds. Early that morning, we left our little cottage (Micmac Farm) where we stayed the first 2 nights,

and headed south to Schoodic where we stood on the pink granite shore and just stared at the crashing waves,

and seagulls.

Since we were there at low tide, there were little tidepools to explore.

Offshore, lobster boats fished for lobster.

Prices are down right now and I feel for the lobster fisherman.

Next, we walked/climbed up a trail to the top of Schoodic Head, a 430 foot mountain, accessed by a mile long trail. It was rough going and very steep in places, and by the time we got to the top, we were exhausted. A bit much for a couple flatlanders from Kansas. At the top we panted our way to the overlook where we couldn’t help but notice a very pregnant woman, her husband and several very small children. We looked at each other. There’s no way they came up the same trail we did climbing over logs and boulders. So we asked them how they got to the top.

“Oh, we drove up.”

Our guidebook, though new, did not mention the option of driving up. Holy cow. So, we lay down under a tree to catch our breath. And then we took in the view, which was spectacular.

We started back down which was easier than climbing up,

and we took some pics on the way down the trail.

That afternoon we stopped at Prospect Harbor to view the lobster boats anchored there.

That evening found us back where we started, watching the waves as the sun set.

I learned how to blur water while there.  All you have to do is set up your camera on a tripod, change your f-stop to the highest number your camera will go, open the lens (aperture) as much as you can, turn off your autofocus, set the ISO to 125,  and take your pics with a shutter release.

If it gets dark enough making the lens stay open longer, the waves blur to the point where they appear to be fog rather than waves.

Then get your husband to stand very still so he doesn’t blur.

Here’s a video of our day.

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Up next, day 3 of our Maine vacation. More pics and video from one of my favorite parts of the country.

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14 comments to Maine – Day 2

  • Gorgeous photos Suzanne! Maine is high my priority list to see some day…most likely someday when we’re not “married” to our cows ! 🙂

  • I love your mushroom photos! I also love the soft water pics! You did so great! They are beautiful! This must have been such an incredible vacation. I can’t believe you guys had to bust your butt to get to the top of the lookout only to find out you could drive!!!!! Man, I swear that’s something that would happen to Stan and I! I’m guessing you slept well that night! Ha Ha!

  • So, did you actually get to eat the lobster??? Just think about all the cool stuff you saw on the way u.p. and the way d.o.w.n. that the others missed by driving 😉 Great photos, as always!!

    • Suzanne

      Yes, we had lobster twice, expensive, but worth it. The best meal we had was seafood Alfredo. It had lobster meat, and scallops, and some other type seafood, not sure, but it was Sooooooo goooood…

  • Now, don’t you feel good knowing you can climb up the trail?
    Great photos and I love the video of the waves. Since you didn’t leave Harland in Maine, I’m guessing he recovered.
    The silky water photos is something I’m trying to learn. I’ll add your directions to my little list of notes in my camera case. I think the other directions I’ve found are the same just sometimes one person describes it differently than another.

  • I have enjoyed your writings and photos for quite awhile but have never commented. I started a blog myself a month ago and can now really appreciate your beautiful photos and the wonderful job you do. I lived in Kansas until I was 13 so really enjoy reading about your life.

  • Becca

    I just love your blog. And I am so happy for you guys that you were able to visit Maine! I hope to get there myself someday. Your photos are gorgeous! I feel like I’ve been on the trip myself! Who looked after Kitty?

    • Suzanne

      Kitty’s pretty self reliant. We left 2 automatic feeders (in case once quit) and plenty of water for her. But she missed us all the same and was quite purry and friendly when we returned. And we missed her too!

  • Beautiful! When I see posts like this, I wonder how on earth anyone manages to leave the farm for more than a work day. I love your blurred water, but it doesn’t sound quite that simple~beautiful effect.

    • Suzanne

      We plan our getaways around the farm work. Right now we are not quite ready for harvest, and the cattle are still out in their summer pasture.
      Thanks Teresa!

  • Beautiful! Love the video too! =)

  • Vicky

    Love the photos and video of the Maine area. Wish I had known you were within 25 miles of where I live in Ellsworth as I would have invited you to lunch. I grew up in Ark City, Ks and so miss the wide open beautiful plains of your farm. Thanks for sharing and I will continue to enjoy your life from afar.

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