28 August 2014

Far from the Madding Crowd

Sunset at Schoodic Point (Schoodic Peninsula) Acadia National Park, Maine.  Taken on 12 August 2014.

The Schoodic Peninsula is where one finds the more tranquil part of the Acadia National Park (which covers over 2,000 acres of the peninsula).  We spent a relaxed afternoon exploring the area and hiking on Alder, Schoodic Head and Anvil Trails, a total of 2.3-mile fairly easy trek.  As the sun was slowly setting, we feasted on our packed sandwiches.  A pair of porpoises swam by and a flock of female Eider ducks settled down on the granite rocks.

Porpoises swimming by.  Just when I didn't have my long lens.  How typical! 

14 August 2014

Whoa ... Whales!

We did the Whales and Puffin Boat Cruise on 11 August 2014 aboard the Atlanticat, a 140-foot long catamaran.  It was a perfect day for whale watching.  Although windy and cold (we needed to put our winter jackets on at some point), the sun was out and the water was unusually calm.  

The first cetaceans Pete spotted - a pair of porpoises.

We only encountered one species, the Fin Whales.  I was fervently hoping to see humpbacks too but that wasn't meant to be.  Anyhow, we should count ourselves lucky because not every boat trip is guaranteed a sighting which is why the company (in such event) allows guests to rebook a trip for free within 3 years of the date of the original trip.

A slight spout