Maine – Instructional Photo Tour – part 1

It is my fervent hope to be able to attend one photo workshop or tour each year.  There are many options ranging from the exotic trip-of-a-lifetime to the one-day workshop that is within an hour or two drive from home.  The options are narrowed by your budget and the subject matter.  Matthew Studebaker  operates a number of instructional photo tours (IPT) to a variety of destinations within North America and a few of them are within driving distance for me.  One of the other deciding factors in choosing an IPT is whether or not I can bring Dianne along.  Some operators will charge an additional fee for a non-participant but in the case with Matthew’s workshops she is welcome to join along and she enjoys the holiday too.

We planned our trip to Bar Harbor, Maine (aka Baa Ha Ba) and according to Google Maps and Garmin the trip should have taken around 12 hours.  However, in the final analysis it took close to 15 due to the numerous small towns and villages in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  There is really no direct route.  Our day of travel was the last time we saw the sun for the next 6 days.  The wind and rain started during the night and continued non-stop with little relief.  Despite the liquid sunshine, we still visited Acadia National Park and all of its glory.  It has dramatic scenery complete with wide-sweeping vistas, towering trees and a striking shoreline.  After our all-too-brief tour of Acadia we went back to Baa Ha Ba, had lobster roll for lunch and toured the unique shops before heading to Machias to meet the rest of the group for dinner.

Acadia National ParkAcadia National Park

One of the major trips of this tour was to visit Machias Seal Island where we would see Puffins, Razorbills and Terns.  We learned that due to the inclement weather, the captain of the tour boat had cancelled the tour for the next few days so we explored the Schoodic Peninsula which is also part of Acadia National Park.  Despite the rain and wind we still saw and photographed a number of birds.  Dianne took the ‘behind the scenes’ images.  We ended the day in Greenville which is a town in Piscataguis County and is situated at the lower end of Moosehead Lake.  Our welcome greeter to the Chalet Moosehead Hotel was a Common Loon.  In past posts, I have added my images individually but this time I am trying the filmstrip method since I have many images to share with you and the page should load faster.

Black-throated Green WarblerGolden-crowned KingletGolden-crowned KingletGreat Black-backed GullHerring GullBehind the scenesBlack GuillemotBehind the scenesBlack GuillemotCommon EidersFishing boatCommon Loon

In my next post, I will have some more images of our tour in Maine.





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  1. Scott Martin June 15, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    What a treat to see these Arni. You made the best of inclement weather. Its great to see Dianne’s photography posted as well (assuming that’s you in the Stealth Jacket). That is the largest and most vibrant crown I’ve ever seen on a Kinglet. I’m sure it was exciting to see it and get such a good image of it.

    • Arni June 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      The inclement weather certainly saturated the colours, I am glad we were able to turn lemons into lemonade. I have to admit that when I first saw the Golden-crowned Kinglet, I saw the flash of the vibrant orange crown and mistakenly identified it as a Blackburnian Warbler. The Stealth Gear came in handy all week, I am glad I had it.