Beyond the BackyardMaine Trip - July 2013

We’re Ba-ack! from an AWESOME trip to Maine!

Rich and I just returned from an amazing week-and-a-half trip to Maine.  If you like rugged coastline, Atlantic Puffins, picturesque lighthouses and bridges, fog, sunrises, and stars, then stay tuned to my blog for the next few weeks.  I have plenty of adventures to share! :)

First we visited Acadia National Park, located on Mount Desert Island. Acadia contains a beautiful stretch of the rugged Maine coastline, which was really fun to photograph. It’s hard to believe that this is the same Atlantic Ocean that we see in Florida.  1500 miles is a long way, and the sandy beaches transform into beautiful rocky coastline.  We had fun climbing on the rocks!

Otter Cliffs at Acadia National Park
Otter Cliffs at Acadia National Park

The highlight of the trip was a boat ride to Machias Seal Island, where I got to photograph Atlantic Puffins and other pelagic birds.  This was the most incredible birding experience I’ve ever had!!  I have thousands of images that I need to sort through, then you’ll get to read all about it.  Here’s a sneak preview of coming attractions…

Atlantic Puffins on Machias Seal Island
Atlantic Puffins on Machias Seal Island

One of the other reasons I was very excited to visit Maine is the low levels of light pollution there. You can really see the stars at night! Both Rich and I got our first looks at the Milky Way. It was breathtaking. We spent several happy hours sitting on the beach making images of the sky, and I finally got to experiment with some star trails. They were totally worth the sleepiness the next day!

The Milky Way!
The Milky Way!

Time to start going through my images and preparing more detailed posts. Stay tuned!

3 thoughts on “We’re Ba-ack! from an AWESOME trip to Maine!

  1. Jess – Jeff and I have been trying to find time to squeeze in a trip to Machias -we will need to get details from you – sounds amazing

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