Thursday, October 26, 2017

After Winter Harbor

After Winter Harbor /10x10

While I was in Winter Harbor, my phone camera went bad.

No matter what I did, the pictures came out blurry. All I can think is that I must have gotten some water inside the camera somehow. I polished it, shook it, slapped it, swore at it - and in time, it fixed itself.

But while it was taking blurry photos, it also failed to pinpoint the geographical location of the photos, so I have no idea where I was when I painted this! I thought I was at the Bear Lake boat launch ramp, somewhere on Route 1, but I can't find mention of a Bear Lake, or anything even close. So... After Winter Harbor!

Scenes from the Road

Above and below, some more photos from Winter Harbor. They are both from Acadia National Park - but not the part of Acadia National Park most people know. It's the same park, but this is the Schoodic Peninsula part of Acadia - 2,366 acres. I had no idea that it was part of the park, or that a national park could even be in two places!

Above, a cable-stayed bridge in Prospect, Maine. This bridge is one of only three of its kind in the US, and was deigned as an emergency replacement for the Waldo-Hancock bridge. From start to finish was 42 months, which sounds like a long time to me, but apparently is a record. What sets this bridge apart from other suspension bridges is it uses a cradle system that is a continuous element, with no anchorages in the pylons. This means that each strand can be removed and replaced individually. The bridge, which cost $85 million, was featured in Popular Science in December, 2006. For more about the bridge, please click here.

Dog of the Day

Here's Jack, on the left, and Hondo, again. My adoration of Hondo is showing, but I guess that's OK. Just don't tell Koko! Hondo is such a well-behaved dog that he has permission from the Winter Harbor sheriff to be off lead at all times.

A Final Thought

"Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day."

  • - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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