Sunday, July 17, 2011

Quoddy Head State Park


West Quodd Light (2010)
 Quoddy Head State Park located on a peninsula that overlooks the Quoddy Channel, which separates the United States from Canada, is a very interesting place to visit. It is the site of the West Quoddy Head Light and contains 532 acres which features extensive forests, two bogs and diverse habitat for rare plants. The weather at the park can be very variable ranging from sunny and hot to cool and foggy. This year during my visit the weather was foggy and damp. There was condensation on the leaves of the trees and moisture fell like rain on your head. Because of the fog you could not looked across the channel to see the cliffs of Grand Mahan Island which is part of New Brunswick.
My plan for this visit to Quoddy Head was to photograph the scenery and to capture many of the flowers and plants in the area. I utilized my Nikon D3s along with a Nikon 105 macro lens and a Tokina 10-17 mm fisheye (because of Tokina is a DX lens and my Nikon is an FX camera I could not use the 10 mm setting because of vignetting, Quoddy _ROT9331 NIKON D3S July 03, 2011 which did give some interesting effects)




The soil is thin over the bedrock and the white spruce and balsam fir trees are very shallow rooted. There is Old Man's Beard lichen coming down from the treesQuoddy _ROT9447 NIKON D3S July 03, 2011. And there are a number of old dead trees, silvery white in color, Quoddy _ROT9336-Edit NIKON D3S July 03, 2011that were destroyed during the Groundhogs Day Gale of 1976.













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Pitcher-plant Flower

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Pitcher Plant Flowers

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Sheep Laurel
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Baked-apple Berry
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Sundew
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Quoddy _ROT9376 NIKON D3S July 03, 2011There is a boardwalk that leads to the blog and where you can see many specialized plants, which usually occur subarctic, such as backed-apple Berry, black crowberry, reindeer moss lichen, Icelandic moss lichen, sundews, and pitcher plants. Quoddy _ROT9433-Edit NIKON D3S July 03, 2011
West Quoddy Head Light is the easternmost lighthouse and the United States at present is automated. It's fog horn was blowing continuously while we were there because of the presence of the dense fog. The former lighthouse keepers house is now a museum that is open to the public. The lighthouse was first built in 1808 and the present tower and house dates back to 1858. The lighthouse was originally commissioned by Pres. Thomas Jefferson.Quoddy MSB_8489 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011Quoddy MSB_8492 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011Quoddy scenic fish eyeMSB_8497 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011Quoddy West Quoddy light MSB_8486 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011
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The park has a picnic area and a number of trails for people the hike along and enjoy the vistas facility with those Quoddy _ROT9358 NIKON D3S July 03, 2011Quoddy Path w flowersMSB_8485-Edit NIKON D300S July 03, 2011. Quoddy _ROT9330 NIKON D3S July 03, 2011Quoddy _ROT9337 NIKON D3S July 03, 2011Quoddy _ROT9344 NIKON D3S July 03, 2011Quoddy _ROT9348 NIKON D3S July 03, 2011Quoddy _ROT9452 NIKON D3S July 03, 2011Quoddy MSB_8482 NIKON D300S July 03, 2011Quoddy Quody Head State Park Scenic fog 3_ROT9456-Edit NIKON D3S July 03, 2011
Quoddy Head State Park is a great place to visit after you returned from a trip to Machias Seal Island. It is located north of Cutler in the town the Lubec on South Lubec Road.quoddyheadmap
There are a number of places to eat in Lubec and for further information you can contact Cobscook Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 42, Whiting, Maine 04691 www.cobscookbay.com.