The Gods Roll Dice

life_in_maine_gods_roll_diceChance, luck, fortune—the building blocks of life. The gods cast the stones and the players fill the gaps. Chaos was the first Greek God. From Chaos, meaning gap or chasm, came Gaia, the Earth. Chaos and beauty seem to be eternally linked. Click on this image of Little Moose Island in Acadia National Park to see a larger version.

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Little Moose Island

life_in_maine_little_moose_island_2The southern tip of Little Moose Island off Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park. The Gulf of Maine is beyond that. Once exposed to air, the bedrock fractures and exfoliates like cells of dried skin. Click on the image for a larger view.

Basalt Dyke

life_in_maine_basaltBetween the warm granite of Schoodic Point are black seams of basalt. Several hundred million years ago, this basalt (technically diabase) flowed through the fractures in the granite bedrock. The dating of these features shows these represent multiple events over time. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Dusk at Schoodic Point

life_in_maine_dusk_at_schoodic_pointJust off Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park is Little Moose Island. The island is separated from the mainland by East Pond. At low tide, the water levels drop to connect the two. Snails cover the rocks breaking the surface of East Pond. Click on the image for a larger view.

Illusion of Optics

life_in_maine_illusionThe rocks at Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park. One of the most interesting things about photography is the ability to present the world in a way that a person could not perceive naturally. When a group of objects are in focus, when they appear sharp, it is usually because they are all the same distance from the observer. That does not need to be true for a camera (no Photoshop gimmick here). Click on the image for a larger view.

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Reversing Falls

life_in_maine_reversing_fallsReversing falls are caused when the water level between one water body and the ocean is different at high and low tide. West Pond on Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park has a reversing falls. This image shows low tide where the land on both sides of the falls, the stream in the foreground, would be submerged at high tide. The trees at the left are on Pond Island, which marks the extent of the high tide. Mt. Desert Island is at the horizon. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Sea and Land

life_in_maine_schoodic_point_rocksSchoodic Point is a quiet section of Acadia National Park. This rocky peninsula cuts into the Gulf of Maine. The water is deep and swells are powerful, even on a calm day. Click on the image for a larger view.

O Holy Night

life_in_maine_stars_over_acadiaWhen growing up in England, I was a choirboy. The carols and music seemed to define the season. For me, the songs and images of the night and divinity were powerful. It was only after I left the city and experience dark, star-filled skies that the metaphor took on a reality.

This is the view Naomi and I had when we stopped near Little Hunters Cove in Acadia Nation Park one evening to eat the dinner we had packed. Click on the image for a larger view.