Acadia Favorites: The Park Loop Road at Sunrise

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Early morning is the time to be in the park. All the senses are heightened in the quiet, delicate light; you hear birds singing from every direction, animals rustling in the woods, streams running. It’s a completely different experience than during the rest of the day, as though the woods were your own enormous backyard. But please ignore these words — I’d like to have the place to myself that time of day.

— Christian Barter, National Park Service trail crew supervisor and the park’s current (and first) poet laureate

Photograph: A Morning View of Otter Cliff, by Mark Fleming

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