There are few places that are better suited for viewing fall foliage than Acadia National Park. Situated on Mount Desert Island on the rocky coast of Maine, this park is both majestic and offers easy access because because it is relatively tight packed. Mid October finds color at its peak, but there is still plenty to see before and after that. For the photographer, the park offers endless opportunities, such as rocky coastline, mountains, dense woods, tidal pools, cliffs, beaches, lighthouses and fishing harbors. Adding New England’s famous Autumn colors to these scenes just makes a good scene great. Weather is always the wild card in this environment. Bad weather offers the most opportunities and good weather presents challenges. Your hope is for a little of both on any trip.
This park, like all National Parks is very crowded. Autumn crowds are smaller than the summer crowds but photographers are more numerous at this time. While the park may have less visitors overall the best locations are always busy with photographers. It is not unusual to arrive in predawn darkness and have 30 photographers already there, many photo workshops descend on Acadia at this time of year. Luckily the park offers plenty of opportunities for beautiful images off the beaten path. A good pair of walking boots and a trail map can keep you and your camera busy for days.
I made my annual trip to photograph Acadia in mid October in 2016. Each year my hope is for interesting weather, nice color and small crowds. This years trip was successful on most of these counts although three days of heavy winds did make for challenges. I was often trying to find ways to use the wind as a photographic element. Below are some of my favorites form the trip.