Saturday, 15 June 2019 09:38

Cinnamon and Grass

Sieur de Monts and the Wild Gardens of Acadia are as historical as they are beautiful. George Dorr purchased the Sieur de Monts spring and surrounding area in 1909, renaming it the Wild Gardens of Acadia, where he hoped to preserve it for public enjoyment and education. Eventually he presented it to the United States Government to become part of Acadia National Park, and so it is today one of Acadia's special places, where the early French explorers to Mount Desert Island found fresh waterfor their needs.

I was very much attracted to the small clump of cinnamon fern, seemingly alone in a sea of grasses punctuated by the ever-present slender trunks of white birch. In the early morning light, creating a gossamer carpet, the attraction became complete. A focal length of 78mm, very short telephotoland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted with almost no magnification. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/6th second at ISO 100 in the still air, gave me a very-slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure.

Last week there was rock. Today there is light. I suppose next week's offering will have to be about water...the three cornerstones of an Acadian experience.

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