As this was my first time in Acadia National Park we decided to try to see as much as we could by driving the Park Loop Road, a 27 mile meandering roadway taking the visitor through long stretches of rocky shoreline, mountains, lakes and woodlands. It took us 2 days to drive the loop (we stopped a lot 🙂 ). That’s what happens when you stop to hike, photograph, climb rocks, photograph, enjoy the views, photograph….well you get the idea. At one point, just before Sand Beach, Park Loop Road turns into a 2 lane one way road which allows motorists to park in the right lane in order to get out and explore. This comes in very handy as some of the parking lots fill up quickly.
One of the many stops we made was at Thunder Hole. At this spot the ocean burrows its way into Mount Desert Island. At certain times of the day, when the tide is right and the waves are large, the ocean rushes into the slots formed by the rocks. When the void is filled the water has nowhere to go but up. It’s quite the sight…so I’m told…we didn’t see it. The waves weren’t crashing too hard that day. Oh well, another reason to go back.
One thing I was determined to do was use my 10-stop ND filter and shoot some long exposures. We were sitting on the rocks enjoying the gorgeous view so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do just that. I ran back to the car to get my tripod and I proceeded to leap, hop and scamper down the slippery rocks, tripod and camera in tow.
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