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