Acadia National Park’s icy beauty

Posted March 07, 2014, at 6:13 a.m.
Last modified March 07, 2014, at 5:22 p.m.

Acadia National Park is well known for its rugged natural beauty.  It attracts more than two million visitors each year.  Most of those folks come between July and September.

But Acadia’s scenery in the winter is equally stunning.  It’s a time the locals practically have the park all to themselves.

Photographer Robert Bukaty visited the park for a few days earlier this week, exploring the coast at dawn and skiing up – and down – the Cadillac Mountain road in the afternoons.

For three nights he had the entire Blackwoods Campground to himself.  No black flies, no thieving red squirrels, no noisy neighbors.

While brewing coffee early Tuesday morning he wondered why there weren’t any other campers. Then he looked at his thermometer. It was 1 degree.

This week’s photo essay, focusing on the icy coastline, is the first in a series of MaineFrames from Acadia.