Friday, 29 June 2018 23:05

Relativity and Mostly Solid Rock

In all of the years I/we have been visiting Acadia, we had somehow never managed to find our way over to Schoodic Peninsula, a separate unit of the Park on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay, due East of Great Head about an hour away from Southwest Harbor by car, and actually part of the mainland. It is a geologist's Eden, a massive slope of pink granite, fractured by interval intrusions of black diabase - an igneous rock similar to basalt - which weather differentially and encourage fountains of spray to erupt from the creviced rock.

Schoodic is such a convoluted landscape that I wanted to play a bit with perspective.. The rise in the granite (mid-ground) above the shelf is only about 15", but by placing the camera even with the top of the step-up and being lower down on the shelf, the step up was rendered as a much more looming presence. A focal length of 24mm, solid wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure. Some of the balsam fir trees along the apex of the point top out around 50'.

I feel certain that our first visit to Schoodic will somehow not be our last.

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4 comments

  • Comment Link Tom Hughes Sunday, 04 November 2018 09:45 posted by Tom Hughes

    I meant to ask you if you’d ever been over to Schoodic Point, while I participated in the Workshop @ Lake Junaluska. Your photo of it answers that question. I haven’t been in years myself. Thanks for the great pic & the reminder. I intend to make a point to get back there soon.

  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 07 July 2018 18:14 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good afternoon Linda and Nancy. Thank you both very much for joining me for this conversation.Sharing Schoodic Peninsula with both participants and other friends is such a treat for me. I know that Bonnie and I will visit this special place again; and I'm looking forward already.
    Hey Linda. Thank you very much for your kind words and thoughtful comments; and for being such a wonderful adventurer. Your presence with us in Acadia was just a delightful part of an excellent week. We hope our paths will cross again. I agree completely, the drive to the mainland was certainly worth the time and energy we invested, and Schoodic offers so many great faces of itself, including the face of the solid rock. I can readily understand why Pat has come here so frequently through the years.
    Hi Nancy T. It's always great to have you with us. We sure missed having you on this adventure. I know you would have loved the people and the places. I found myself smiling inwardly often as we passed places you have shared with us on other adventures;and I could see you so clearly eyeing your connections with thoughtfulness. Thank you for your kind words. It's always fun to share perspective with you.
    This conversation has prepared me for my adventure across the country this coming week; and I look forward to sharing that adventure with you. Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Friday, 06 July 2018 12:08 posted by Nancy Tripp

    I love this perspective! It looks like you could step right up and step right into the blue abyss.

  • Comment Link Linda Taylor Sunday, 01 July 2018 08:35 posted by Linda Taylor

    That was worth the drive! I love the point of view, the green fringe of spruce and the contrast between the filmy clouds and the heavy rock. Have you ever been to the gorges around Ithaca NY? Also interesting geology.

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