Travel Photo Thursday | Acadia National Park

Travel Photo Thursday | Acadia National Park

Today’s picture was taken at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine.  I selected it because it reminded me of a song from “The Outsiders”, a movie adapted from the S.E. Hinton novel.  The theme song was sung by Stevie Wonder and was a play on Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing gold can stay”.

Acadia is special.  Eagle Lake surrounds Otter Cliff’s jagged edges as it envelopes the shoreline.  It’s shaded by lush foliage that represents vibrancy; a beginning where nature awakens fresh and full of promise.  Though we are captured in the beauty of the moment, we realize that like all things, it is fleeting.  So, we enjoy and praise our good fortune for having seen it; having been a part of it, while we can.

Acadia National Park

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.

Stay Gold

(Carmine Coppola & Stevie Wonder)

Seize upon that moment long ago

One breath away and there you will be

So young and carefree

Again you will see

That place in time…so gold

Still……away into that way back when

You thought that all would last forever

But like the weather

Nothing can ever…and be in time

Stay gold….

But can it be?

When we can see

So vividly…..A memory

And yes you say

So must the day

Too, fade away

And leave a ray of sun….. So gold!

Life is but a twinkling of an eye

Yet filled with sorrow and compassion though not imagined

All things that happen

Will age to old

Though gold………gold……

….though gold.



Renee King
  • Alouise
    Posted at 12:15h, 10 March Reply

    The Outsiders was one of my favourite books as a kid, because of it I think Nothing Gold Can Stay is the only poem I can recite from memory. I was in Bar Harbor a couple years ago and never went to Arcadia National Park. Seeing a fantastic picture like this makes me wish I would have.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:03h, 10 March Reply

      Yes, it was mine too! Rumble Fish was good too. We were thinking about skipping it….but decided to go anyway.

  • Leigh
    Posted at 14:39h, 10 March Reply

    When I first looked at the photo I thought it was the east coast of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia – similar part of the world and very beautiful.
    And what a lovely poem.

    • Renee
      Posted at 16:07h, 10 March Reply

      Agreed. Thanks for coming by, Leigh!

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 15:22h, 10 March Reply

    Lovely post and photo, Renee. I went to Maine when I was a kid and saw lot of beautiful scenery, but I can’t remember if we went to Acadia. I’d like to go there now.

    • Renee
      Posted at 16:09h, 10 March Reply

      It was really gorgeous, Cathy. You really should put it on your to do list. ;-D

  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 17:37h, 10 March Reply

    Very nice shot, Renee! You’ve made Travel Photo Thursday into a multi-media experience–photography, video, and poetry!
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    • Renee
      Posted at 19:31h, 10 March Reply

      HA! You know, I hadn’t even thought of that!

  • Jorie Pacli
    Posted at 21:18h, 10 March Reply

    This is my first time visiting your site Renee…. What a brilliant poem and photo you’ve got in there. This is one unique way to feature a place and a poem just do the trick. Well done! Keep it up! Thank you for sharing….:)

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  • Migrationology
    Posted at 00:56h, 11 March Reply

    Beautiful place Renee! I can imagine the tranquility and peace of mind view that scene.
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    • Renee
      Posted at 09:25h, 11 March Reply

      Thanks, Mark. It was truly a quiet respite for me.

  • Jim
    Posted at 22:23h, 11 March Reply

    Coastal landscapes grab me. Love the contrast in the blocky rock structure, waves and softer trees in the background.
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    • Renee
      Posted at 12:32h, 13 March Reply

      Jim, I am right there with you. It’s magical.

  • Nancie
    Posted at 18:40h, 13 March Reply

    Gorgeous shot Renee. Very similar to our coast line in Nova Scotia.

    Thanks for posting to TP Thursday.

  • InsideJourneys
    Posted at 12:59h, 08 February Reply

    Ruggedly beautiful, Renee. Love the addition of the poem.

    • Renee King
      Posted at 13:48h, 08 February Reply

      Thanks, Marcia…I was awe-struck!

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