Acadia: The Tarn

A tarn is a small lake between hills, usually having been carved out by a glacier in a bygone era.  Acadia National Park’s tarn lies on the west side of route 3, just south of Bar Harbor, between Dorr Mountain to its west and Huguenot Head to the east.  For many photographer’s, the tarn is a morning call as the rising sun is reflected off the eastern face of Dorr Mountain, causing abstract patterns in waters and between the reeds.  Today, though, the sun has not been visible, because of intermittent rain and almost constant fog all day, and I had not given much thought to the tarn until Barb and I were driving to Otter Point to photograph the large, storm-driven waves.  As we passed the tarn, I caught a glimpse of very intense color fading into the fog.  My interest piqued, I turned around and returned to the parking area near the tarn, and then hiked down the highway for a couple of hundred yards in the rain to get a good view between the trees.  Today’s image is the result.

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