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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Touring the Northeast Shoreline: Cape Cod and Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island

I’m just back from a trip back east, visiting Cape Cod and Maine. The trip to Maine was quick, picking out highlights from this wonderful location, while barely scratching the surface of all there is to see. The weather was sunny and bright on arrival, then partly cloudy turning to rain the second day, finally stormy and pouring, giving way to clearing by the third day before departure. I love rain and clouds and I was mesmerized by the waves, as well as the beautiful contrast of color and shape between the stratified red rocks and blue green water.

Below is a colorfully clad group waiting to witness the Thunder Hole spectacle, when waves during high tide slam into an under water cavern causing a sound like thunder as the water collides with trapped air. Stairs lead all the way down to rocks near the very bottom, but the lowest area was closed off. The reason for this may be due to the tragedy that occurred last year when storm surging waves swept several visitors into the water.

Leaving the island.

Meanwhile back in Cape Cod the drizzly skies of a few days prior had cleared enough to make a canal tour worthwhile. Below are a couple of images: an abandoned island - I believe it is for sale. It is accessible by boat and you'd have to arrange to have drinking water delivered.

The Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge

Next followed a drive to the Cape Cod National Seashore to see beaches, marshes, and dunes and on the way back a visit to one of my favorite marshes while the tide was high, the weather clear, and at my favorite time of day, when the angle of the sun creates sparkle and depth.


melisa said...

looks like you had a wonderful time. i have only been to Maine once - for a day. loved it. will you be generating some new work based on what you saw?

Katherine Kean said...

I will generate paintings inspired by Maine. Where did you go in Maine when you visited? I'm already making plans to go nack.

Dianne Poinski said...

Welcome home! I love Maine. I have only been there once - Peaks Island -ferry from Portland. Sounds and looks like it was an inspiring trip. The photographs are wonderful. I can't wait to see the paintings!

Kathryn Hansen said...

I've never been to Maine, looks sooo beautiful!! I bet you got very inspired with that weather and those clouds for future painting!!

Katherine Kean said...

Hi Dianne - the island and ferry sound beautiful. I bet you had some great views.

Katherine Kean said...

Kathryn - I did find the weather and the skies inspiring!

Jean Spitzer said...

Haven't been to Maine. Thanks for the virtual tour. It sounds and looks inspiring, indeed.

Katherine Kean said...

You're welcome, Jean - glad you enjoyed it.