1 Our first morning was wonderful! I took a walk to Hunter's beach with Jude and Truman. The tide was out, the water, warmish, and seaweed on round rocks everywhere. No other people in sight!
2 It was so peaceful, sunny, and calm.
3 Photo opportunities abounded.
4 Here is Jude balancing on a driftwood log which rested atop some smooth beach rocks.
5 Someone stacked these rocks prior to our visit - the children found it quite curious.
6 We returned home and were greeted by two Bambis. I was not happy to see them because we have a tremendous number of martagon lilies in bloom - a favorite deer snack - and the understory of the forest is being decimated by these poor creatures, who have lost their natural habitat.
7 The house is being gussied up for the big weekend. Several birthdays are being celebrated, including mine!
8 Kevin Sharkey has been concocting wonderful miniature landscapes with found objects and plants from the woodland. He has filled most of my faux bois containers, including this birdbath.
9 On this faux bois table is a giant faux bois pot of indeterminate age. Kevin planted a cycad in it, and I added the skeleton of a beaver.
10 Here's another view.
11 Another bird bath planted with a mini forest
12 These wonderful leaves are planted in this container. The leaves drip a sticky substance which stained the sisal rug. Any suggestions?
13 Another antique faux bois table with two stone bowls containing beautiful agaves
14 We decided to put these four potted hydrangea bushes in this faux bois pot. We will plant them outdoors when we break down the party.
15 The front hall table has two large potted pines in antique copper bowls.
16 This makes the front hall look entirely Asian.
17 I found this copper clad table years ago in a junk shop. Do you know from whence it came? It's beautifully embossed and shaped and is of Asian origin.
18 Outside, tall potted palms flank the front door.
19 You may recall the blog "Planting the Skylands Terrace" - The pots have all flourished and the alocasias are tremendous!
20 The kalanchoe are monumental!
21 The large English trough has filled in nicely with fiber optic grass and agaves.
22 I love this succulent assortment in this cut stone planter.
23 The black stemmed alocasia is thriving.
24 The two giant Soderholtz planters also have filled in beautifully.
25 These magnificent lilies are ten feet tall in the terrace gardens! I want them to last until this weekend.
26 The aroma of this array of lilies is amazing!
27 Many different varieties of pots are arranged on the terrace walls.
28 We went shopping for clams and mussels for the Friday night paella. Unfortunately, with the massive rain storms here on the coast of Maine, the mussel beds and some of the clam beds have been flooded and are temporarily closed.
29 I left very happy! The clams - cherrystones, little necks, and steamers were all very, very good!
30 Later on, we drove to Thurston's in Bass Harbor for dinner - or should I say Truman, age 1, drove. He knew exactly where to hold, where to find the throttle, and he instinctively knows how to steer!
31 It took about 45 minutes to drive the picnic boat from Seal Harbor to Bass Harbor. Here's Kerry and Jude on the dock at Thurston's. The night was divine!
32 Thurston's served us delicious soft shell lobsters, steamers, mussels, and corn on the cob, as well as crab and corn chowder. We all loved our dinners!
33 Here is a pound-and-a-quarter lobster. Jude ate most of mine and loved the taste and texture.
34 The sky was clear and the weather mild.
35 The clouds were extremely photogenic as dusk set in.
36 The water was very calm, despite a very brisk tide rushing in.
37 The sunset was a bit impaired by giant clouds, but the contrast of light and dark was extraordinary.
38 The sky was gold and grey and blue and black.
39 When the sun emerged from behind that one cloud the light changed drastically.
40 I love sunsets like this and there is no better way to see one than on a boat.
41 Unobstructed views of the sky and the forest of Mt. Desert Island
42 The water also picked up some of the intense colors.
43 The low mountains are what comprises Acadia National Park - Cadillac, Bubbles, Parkman, etc.
44 Here is a good profile view of Acadia.
45 Lobster pots are everywhere around Mt Desert Island - more than ever.
46 Before it got dark there was ample opportunity to get some fabulous shots as we took in this wonderful evening and ended a perfect first day!