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As we drove south into the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park on June 8th, it was the forest that first called out for attention.

But the forest had a way of creeping out onto the shore.

From then on, the coast made its claim on me.

Near the end of our visit to the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park I slowly made my way close enough to a gull (perhaps Larus argentatus) to get some decent pictures. I’d have taken more, and probably from even closer, if a guy hadn’t come by with his dog, paid no heed to what I was obviously doing, and scared the bird away.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 16, 2018 at 4:52 AM

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  1. People! and not just guys. I was once setting up by the side of a beaver pond next to a road, pretty obvious what I was doing, and another photographer jumped out of her car, ran over in front of me quite noisily and scared the bird away while trying to take a picture. Very frustrating.
    Some of the very nice facets of Acadia are the varied environments. Mountain tops, forests, meadows,beaches (rocky and sandy), cliffs, trails and carriage paths. So much to experience.

    Steve Gingold

    August 16, 2018 at 5:07 AM

    • Speaking of beaver ponds, I visited one in Alberta last year and got into a squabble with a guy who was letting his dog run loose there even though signs said clearly that dogs had to be on a leash in that nature preserve. I’ve often felt that it’s people who need to be on a leash.

      On a less stressful note: yes, I was happy to find Acadia has so many environments. I expected the coast but not the forests or lakes or mountains.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 16, 2018 at 8:32 AM

  2. Magnificent portrait of the gull. Did the man add insult to injury by giving you a cheery wave and a cheerful greeting?


    August 16, 2018 at 6:14 AM

    • No, I didn’t get a wave or other greeting, just obliviousness. At least I got some good portraits before he came on the scene.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 16, 2018 at 8:34 AM

  3. Pure poetry, right up to the ignorant guy. That is a pretty gull. I like the polka-dots on his flight feathers. I’ll bet those cost extra.


    August 16, 2018 at 8:17 AM

  4. Gulls can look very handsome, even impressive, as long as they’re not talking.
    Is “Schoodic” from the brief period this was “New Holland”?

    Robert Parker

    August 16, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    • I didn’t know the answer to your question but in the article at
      I found this: “The name Schoodic, he said, likely started as ‘Eskwodek,’ so named by the M’ikmaq and meaning ‘the end” or “point of land.’” It seems to me that the way the word ended up getting spelled could have been influenced by Dutch.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 16, 2018 at 8:42 AM

      • When I was reading history re the Iroquois, a lot of words were “an English version of the Dutch version of the French translation of the Huron’s term for an enemy tribe…” etc. “Iroquois” being an example, Haudenosaunee is preferred by the NY tribes.

        Robert Parker

        August 16, 2018 at 8:49 AM

        • I’ve heard about trains of translations like that. One well-known example is Lewis and Clark understanding what people in various tribes were saying by having them go through Sacagawea (whose name has been spelled a zillion ways) and then Charbonneau and then a man among the Americans who spoke some French. As for names, the Pueblo Indians obviously didn’t use a Spanish name for themselves. Anasazi, designating ancestors of the Pueblo, is a Navajo term. And on and on and on….

          Steve Schwartzman

          August 16, 2018 at 9:01 AM

          • A few times in grade school, we played “Telephone” and it was a lot of fun.

            Robert Parker

            August 16, 2018 at 9:08 AM

            • Ah yes, Telephone. Even when everyone is a native speaker of the same language, a message can get garbled pretty quickly. On a vaguely related note, it’s become increasingly common that when I reach a live person at a call center (which can be a chore in its own right) I get greeted by something like “My name is Bgrhpqn,” where the person mumbles the name or says it so fast that I can’t make out what it is. That’s especially true because of all the non-traditional and foreign names that people have these days. I can’t understand why the people who run call centers don’t make their phone people say their names slowly and clearly. But then there are many things about the world I despair of ever understanding.

              Steve Schwartzman

              August 16, 2018 at 9:19 AM

  5. all very-nice images — the opening one pulled me right into those trees, and then we also visited the shore and met that great gull! this was a nice ending to my internet session, and now i’m logging off for immersion in the bosque! until next week, lisa

    Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    August 16, 2018 at 7:41 PM

    • Those first forest groves did seem magical. They pulled me in, and so the first picture pulled you in. Of course you have bosque galore where you are, even if of a different sort. Mostly, though, I spent my time along the shore, which is where and why I met that gull. Hasta la semana entrante…

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 16, 2018 at 9:23 PM

  6. I find your “creeping forest” very clever. 😊


    August 17, 2018 at 9:32 PM

    • I don’t believe I’d fully appreciated how creeping the forest was till I was preparing this post and looked through the pictures I’d taken. I’d been thinking of the forest and the coastal rocks as separate realms, then suddenly I saw the linkage.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 17, 2018 at 10:14 PM

      • I enjoy having belated revelations.


        August 18, 2018 at 2:58 PM

        • And they keep coming. For example, even at this age, every so often I suddenly realize something about English‚ which of course I’ve been speaking all my life—that I’d never noticed before.

          Steve Schwartzman

          August 18, 2018 at 3:10 PM

  7. The pair of birches in the first photo accent the other trees (which I don’t recognize) wonderfully well. The bit of peeling bark is an especially nice detail. Surrounded by all that gray, they really do shine.

    It’s interesting how closely the second photo of the rocks resembles a cracked and fissured mud flat. I like the upward-looking perspective, and the way the trees seem to cap the rocks.


    August 18, 2018 at 9:18 PM

    • I don’t know how to distinguish pines from spruces from junipers and the other conifers that abound up there. I’ve taken a baby step in asserting with confidence that the white-barked trees are birches. The orderly me wished it could fold that one out-of-place bit of bark back where it came from, but what would a birch be without some peeling bark?

      I took most of my landscape-type shore pictures facing the ocean, straight-on or obliquely. Only occasionally did I aim back at the land, as in the picture you singled out for the rocks’ resemblance to cracked mud.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 18, 2018 at 10:40 PM

  8. Nice Steve! Always enjoy seeing your wonderful images! Retiring soon, so hopefully I will be able to see some of these places in person. So for now I am “seeing” through your beautiful images!

    Reed Andariese

    August 19, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    • I remember your upcoming retirement. Soon you’ll be able to have more so-called busman’s holidays, taking only the pictures you really want to. Happy impending travels!

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 19, 2018 at 11:27 AM

  9. Wonderful shots Steve! That is some forest …It sure does creep out onto the coast!


    August 21, 2018 at 1:16 AM

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