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A panoramic bike ride in Acadia National Park

09/24/2014
This is one of the panoramic photos I took in Acadia National Park. It's a view of Eagle Lake, with one of the carriage trails to the left. The big bump on the left is Cadillac Mountain.

This is one of the panoramic photos I took in Acadia National Park. It’s a view of Eagle Lake, with one of the carriage trails to the left. The big bump on the left is Cadillac Mountain.

During a biking visit to Acadia National Park last Saturday I tested the panoramic setting on my new phone.

Wow.

It’s like having a Hollywood CinemaScope tri-pod camera in your pocket. Each “filming” created an entirely new view you can’t possibly see with your eye.

But even a few spectacular pictures can’t match the joy of riding through the Maine forest on wide gravel trails for two hours. Yes, some of the hills are a steep climb, but there’s always a payoff: a good, long coast down the other side. I rolled past wetlands covered in a lush lawn of tan broomsedge or dotted with pancake-sized lily pads. I zig-zagged up a mountain in granny gear and a stiff wind pushed me by a small lake spiked with dead, grey trees – appropriately called Witch Hole Pond.

No, the camera can’t possibly capture the exhilaration, strength and speed you feel when you’re fully connected to your bike and locked into the groove of an endless trail through a spectacular national park.

But it comes close.

Here's a picture of a carriage trail bridge with the "normal" setting. Back in the early 20th Century,  John D. Rockefeller built more than 50 miles of carriage trails using 16 stone bridges to connect them. This bridge is near Duck Brook Road.

Here’s a picture of a carriage trail bridge with the “normal” setting. Back in the early 20th Century, John D. Rockefeller built more than 50 miles of carriage trails using 16 stone bridges to connect them. This bridge is near Duck Brook Road.

 

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3 Comments
  1. love that place. Used to go there all the time

  2. Wow, Mark! That panoramic is nice. I would be interested to know if you can blow it up, and frame it. I imagine that would look nice on a wall in either of your fine estates.

    I haven’t figured that out, yet. I’ve tried blowing up photos from my phone. The results are never worth framing.

  3. That’s the next step. Virginia has requested a copy of one of my Acadia pictures from this post and will attempt to print it and frame it. We’ll see how that works.

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