Whenever I visit Acadia National Park, my main goal is to capture dramatic sunrises and sunsets along Ocean Path and Great Head. The park however has plenty more to offer in the way of intimate landscapes and abstracts. I often stop along the Park Loop Road or several of the hiking trails in search of reflections in tarns or interesting lichen patterns on granite. If my timing is good I arrive at peak color, in which case I go looking for scenes with red maples and blueberry bushes in them.
On this occasion I ran into a stretch of rainy, foggy conditions, so I concentrated my efforts on interesting vignettes suited to these conditions. I’d like to say it took considerable effort to find this one, but I spied it almost immediately after entering the park. Luckily there was a wide shoulder here because of a scenic view in the opposite direction now completely obscured by fog. I suspect tourists driving by thought it odd someone would stop here. I had a lot of fun wandering through the granite outcroppings looking for interesting combinations of stone and red blueberry foliage. The fog made the red color all the more striking.
While it’s impossible to predict fall color with any certainty, I’ve had the best luck in the week or so around Columbus Day (also now referred to as Indigenous Peoples’ Day). Just a week or so afterwards, colors are fading and maple leaves start falling. On the other hand tourist numbers also start to drop and the seascapes remain, so you really can’t go wrong.
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