Acadian Reflections: Autumn Leaves and Coastal Cliffs

Jan 17, 2017  By Albert Knapp MD & Ruth Oratz MD

In the high eastern corner of the United States the state of Maine hugs the North Atlantic. Rocky rugged coasts, roaring rivers with thrilling rapids, dense hardwood forests and tranquil lakes were carved by the slow descent of ancient glaciers. Today we think of Maine for its quaint sea-faring towns, scrumptious fresh lobster and fantastic outlet stores. But a trip to Maine in the autumn, though replete with culinary and consumer delights, is really about stunning fall foliage and the coastline off season.

Leaf peeping in New England begins in early October, but because Maine is so far North, the peak here comes earlier than in neighboring New Hampshire and Vermont. A drive North reveals a spectrum that sparkles in its range and amazes in its intensity. The display varies from year to year based on temperatures and amount of spring and summer rainfall. Ruth and I travelled up to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor and then worked our way back down the Maine coastline. We were dazzled by Nature’s magnificent and inspiring pageantry.

I brought along my Leica S (Typ 007) and my favorite, indispensable Vario-Elmar-S 30mm-90mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH zoom lens. I also packed the Super-Elmar-S 24mm f/3.5 ASPH, the APO-MACRO-S 120mm f/2.5, the APO-Elmar-S 180mm f/3.5 and the Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH. In addition, given the expected low light conditions, I knew I would need my Gitzo traveler G1127 Mk2 tripod coupled to a Kirk BH-1 ball head along with B+W Kaesemann polarizing filters. My Gura Gear Bataflae 32L backpack, a veteran of many campaigns, served me faithfully once again! Ruth sported her trusty Leica Q (Typ 116) Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH.

Lake, Bristol, Maine, USA.
Leica S (Typ 007) Vario-Elmar-S
30mm-90mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH
@ 44mm, 1/250 sec, f/11 & ISO 800.


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