Cadillac Mountain Panoramic
This panoramic image shows a sunrise captured while on Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island (MDI), Maine in Acadia National Park, overlooking Frenchman Bay. Several smaller islands are seen off the coast of Bar Harbor, located below on the shoreline in the immediate foreground. To the far left, attached at low tide by a land bridge to Bar Harbor, is Bar Island. You can see many of the lobster boats and yachts just off-shore between there and MDI. Beyond the smaller islands is the mainland of Maine. Most of the Park is located on Mount Desert Island. The only portion of Acadia National Park located on the mainland is on the Schoodic Peninsula which extends to the right in the distance.
Mount Desert Island has over 20 mountains, all of which were sheared off by glaciers thousands of years ago leaving them with a “rounded off” appearance. Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet, is the highest and best known mountain on the island and is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard. (See sunset) Maine, particularly Acadia National Park, is known for its rugged rocky coastline.
How to get there
This map shows a section of Mount Desert Island with Bar Harbor at the upper right. Cadillac Mountain is directly to the south. There are two ways to get there by automobile. Both are via the Park Loop Road. Routes 233 and 3 intersect and provide entrance to the Park Loop Road on the northern side in Bar Harbor. There is also a entrance point on the southern side of the mountain in Seal Harbor which also goes by the Jordan Pond House and Bubble Pond before arriving at the beginning of the Summit Road. For those rugged individuals with lots of stamina, there are also some hiking trails that will take you there and back. Be sure to check the weather out before starting the journey.
Summit Road GPS: Latitude 44.368891; Longitude -68.238506
Panoramics Work Well Here
Cadillac Mountain is high enough to provide views of vast expanses across the mainland, the bay areas, the towns below, and the ocean and ships below. Yet, it is low enough to give a sense of intimacy. It allows you to still feel part of the geography and lives below. With the addition of so many new photo stitching software made available to both amateurs and professionals alike, it is now easier than ever to create panoramic images that will elicit Wows from your audience. Give it a try. You will be glad that you did. Best results are often realized using larger cameras on tripods. Either way, you will not be disappointed.