Saturday, 16 June 2018 08:24

The Forest and the Ferns

In the Year 1603 Pierre du Gua, Sieur de Monts, Lieutenant Governor of New France, was commissioned by King Henry IV "to establish the name, power, and authority of the King of France; to summon the natives to a knowledge of the Christian religion; to people, cultivate, and settle the said lands; to make explorations and especially to seek out mines of precious metals" in the territory between the 40th and 46th parallels, which would extend from present day Philadelphia to Montreal, including the present day coast of Maine. It is in honor of Sieur de Monts efforts in the New World, led by the great explorer, Samuel de Champlain, that the first superintendent of Acadia, George Dorr, named the nearby spring Sieur de Monts. It is considered the symbolic birthplace of Acadia National Park. It is also a place to find beautiful forests of hardwoods filled with amazing species of ferns that carpet the understory in spring.

A focal length of 35mm, the upper range of wide-angleland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1.0 second, and patience to wait for a slight breeze to still, at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

Bonnie and I have come to love the beauty of Acadia and the warmth of its people as a home-away-from-home and a wonderland to be cherished always. 

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