Acadia trip offers photo opportunities galore

Posted Sept. 04, 2012, at 10:34 a.m.
A spring — or is it summer? — peeper.
Dave Small
A spring — or is it summer? — peeper.
A least sandpiper.
Dave Small
A least sandpiper.
Least sandpiper.
Dave Small
Least sandpiper.
A hermit thrush shows off its profile.
Dave Small
A hermit thrush shows off its profile.
A hermit thrush
Dave Small
A hermit thrush
A colorful fungus.
Dave Small
A colorful fungus.

It was a spectacular day for a hike, once again, one of Deb’s and my favorites. We were joined by my sister and her husband (also Deb and Dave)for our adventure.

We started on Day Mountain where this hermit thrush made itself available for a photo opportunity, I really liked the light in the second photo. After summiting Day Mountain, we descended to the carriage road and crossed it to begin our ascent of the Triad. After topping the Triad, it was onward to the Hunters Brook Trail. It was along this section that a tiny little movement turned out to be a tiny little frog. If you find a spring peeper in the summer is it still a spring peeper?

This trail crosses the carriage road then continues down to Hunters Brook. We followed the trail along the brook for some really great views. We reached the Park Loop Road then hiked up over the bank to Route 3, then onto Big Hunters Beach for our picnic lunch.

There were several families with children and pets enjoying the sun and waves. Considering all the activity on this relatively small beach, I didn’t expect to see any wildlife, especially this courageous little (6-inch) least sandpiper. There it was! Half awake half asleep and letting me move within a few feet of it. I only stayed a few moments because I didn’t want to disturb its rest. It may have been on a migration route and food and rest would be critical to the little sandpiper.

It was a great day at Acadia National Park and in the Maine outdoors. We were a good tired, but not too tired to count and appreciate our blessings!

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