On our third excursion, we found a quiet corner of Acadia. The Schoodic Peninsula lies about 20 miles east of Mount Desert Island, where Bar Harbor and the primary chunk of Acadia National Park are located. Schoodic is a quieter place, without the height and drama of large mountains and freshwater ponds, but with the…Read more Downeast Maine, Part 3 – Schoodic Peninsula and Jordan Pond
Before I spend any time talking about the big, dark constellation of Pisces, I want to mention a couple items of interest involving the planets. If you missed the great conjunction of Venus and Jupiter this week (I did - rainy and cloudy), don't worry, as there's always something new going on. In the mornings,…Read more Pisces and More Planetary Dancing (Astronomy: Week of 11/19/17)
This may be a little to exact for this week's challenge, but hey, it's Science Fair season! One of my sons has been experimenting with the chemistry that creates cool light - along the bioluminescence capabilities of fireflies (lightning bugs), jellyfish, and our own man-made glow sticks, generally referred to as chemiluminescence. After several iterations…Read more Experiments!
Part 2 of our Maine adventure, featuring a very foggy day in the Atlantic looking for whales, a short hike to Bar Island along the low-tide accessible sand bar that gives Bar Harbor its name, and various lighthouses. A note on the whale watching trip, through Bar Harbor Whale Watch: The touring company uses high speed,…Read more Downeast Maine, Part 2 – Whale Watching and Lighthouses
Back in August, I posted a quick synopsis of a trip we took to the Bar Harbor, ME area. I'm finally getting around to reviewing footage from that trip and sharing some of the highlights via YouTube. Here's the first installment - a quick hit at some Acadia highlights: Thunder Hole, Otter Creek, Cadillac Mountain, …Read more Downeast Maine, Part 1 – Acadia
Last week I published a couple teasers on what were then "upcoming" events, so this week's highlights should be on your radar. I've been patiently waiting through a week of almost nonstop rain, so I'm looking forward to all this as well. First - the Leonid meteor shower is upon us. Unlike the last two…Read more Planets and Meteors (Astronomy: Week of 11/12/17)
On the constantly changing Atlantic shore, nothing is constant. The dunes erode, the land shifts - but nothing is quite so temporary as the structures we build here. This pier, held up by a haphazard forest of pilings, is still fighting an angry sea... for now. Photo Credit - Lynn Abbott This photo is published…Read more Survived Another Season