Winter 2020

Capturing Acadia

By Jennifer Lawson

An artist’s view of Maine’s famous national park.

Whenever I visit Acadia National Park on Maine’s coast, I am awed by the natural beauty. Headlands jutting out over crashing surf, rocky beaches, glacier-carved granite cliffs, woodlands, lakes and mountains. Trying to capture the essence of the place on paper was a hard-to-refuse challenge for an illustrator, so in late July, I headed to the park with a friend to explore and sketch.

We arrived on a warm evening and headed to Sieur de Monts Spring for a ranger-led program about beavers. Over the next couple of days, we watched the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain and navigated the 27-mile Park Loop Road. We visited Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs and Little Hunters Beach, and then walked through the woods to the Jordan Pond House, where we devoured delicious popovers. We took a short hike to Bubble Rock and biked the Amphitheater Loop carriage road. One night, after eating sublime fresh oysters, we stared, mesmerized, at the star-filled sky. I had never seen the Milky Way so clearly before.

We felt exhilarated and a little nostalgic as we packed up our bikes and bags the final morning. Farewell Acadia, I thought as we reluctantly steered the car toward Portland. I hope to see you again soon.

About the author

This article appeared in the Winter 2020 issue

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