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Living in New England, we are not as blessed as those in the southwest with an abundance of National Parks. That being said, we are, in my humble opinion, home to one of the most beautiful parks in the United States; Acadia National Park. Located in northern Maine on Mt. Desert Island, Acadia is one of my favorite locations to reconnect with nature and capture nature in all her beautiful glory.
I have seen several photos of the coastline from this beach over the years, and it has always been on my bucket list to get here and capture that "banger" sunrise. However, on each of my trips I always ended up finding a different new location to catch that early morning light so I would resort to the old familiar, "next time."
On a recent trip I finally decided next time would be that time. The weather forecast was calling for partly cloudy skies in the morning and I was sure I had the conditions necessary to get that shot I had been looking for. I knew how to get to the beach from my many trips before as you can see it from the park loop road. I arrived almost an hour before sunrise and noticed heavy clouds overhead.
Growing up in New England I am very familiar with the phrase "if you don't like the weather just wait 5 minutes." Well, that phrase works both ways. I made my way across the boulders to the shoreline and checked the forecast again on my phone. Sure enough, in the time it took me to get to the beach the forecast had changed and the clouds were not going to move out for several hours. I seriously considered packing up and heading to a different location along one of the carriage roads, but looking out over the coastline, even in the dark, I could tell this place was special. Breathing in the salty air, listening to the waves crashing against the rocks and the breeze blowing through the silhouetted trees before me, I realized instantly why this spot has been so admired by so many others before me. So, I found a dry spot to sit and waited for some light to come up on the horizon.
The tide was moving out the closer sunrise approached and as I would find a good composition, the water would repeatedly move further away causing me to reimpose the scene. It was a remarkably frustrating exercise to repeatedly find a new location with just the right amount of boulder and water, while still capturing the rocky coastline and tall pines, just to have the water recede even farther away. Again, I debated packing up and leaving. Still, I had become committed at this point and was not going to leave until I got a decent shot.
As I had this composition put together, I could see the clouds lighting up in a beautiful magenta from underneath. With an added bonus, a rogue wave came through saturating the rocks around me and giving me the additional water in my scene that I had been hoping for. It all came together culminating in this photo, taken approximately ten minutes before sunrise. As I mentioned at the beginning of this story, New England may only be home to a single national park, but as I look back on this photo I'm reminded it's still the prettiest of all the parks.
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