Jordan Pond Paths
During a summer visit to Acadia National Park in Maine, I was eager to visit Jordan Pond. I was hoping for a nice sunset, or a good photo with the water. I had also seen some photographs of the paths around the pond, some of which were on raised wooden platforms. I thought those paths would look particularly good as leading lines into the woods.
My first foray to the pond didn’t quite go as planned — we had arrived very early, perhaps around 6:00 a.m., as we had been at the summit of Cadillac Mountain watching the sunrise. We walked about halfway around, and never encountered the wooden paths. It turns out that they were in the opposite direction of where we started, and just a short walk from the parking lot! However, I very much enjoyed the walk despite not seeing the raised paths. That early in the morning, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
The second time we went, I decided to go in the late afternoon. I figured that when the sun was lower in the sky, light beams might cut through the trees and provide some interesting edge lighting. The weather was great in Bar Harbor, but when we arrived just a short distance away at Jordan Pond, it was socked in with fog!
Despite the unexpected conditions, I realized I had a great opportunity to get some unique photos, so we headed out on the trails, this time in the correct direction. As we worked our way along the wooden paths, I stopped frequently to take photos. The fog wasn’t thick in the forest but made the light very subdued. It was also raining lightly, so there were few other people out and about. Here’s my favorite photo from the walk:
I really liked the way this one turned out. The eye is drawn along the path to the bright area, where the light is just seeping in a bit. Immediately to the right of this path was the pond but covered in a low fog. It was a wonderful walk, and I’m glad to have photos to remember it by.