I have photographed along the shores of Somes Sound many times over the years but last summer when Down East magazine asked me to shoot Somes Sound from the water I set off to explore a whole new view. Though I had seen some parts of the area by boat in the past, I can now say that I have photographed the Sound from, a tour boat, sail boat, a lobster boat, and in Somes Harbor by kayak.
The author focused the story on sailing but if you don’t sail or own a boat, you can still enjoy getting out on the water. There are many tour and rental options available all over the island. Below are a few shots not in the story and some info to go along with them.
The Sea Princess’s scenic nature cruises are narrated and include great information about the area and the wildlife. The cruise leaves from Northeast Harbor, passes by Bear Island Light, tours over to Southwest Harbor and then up into Somes Sound. The Sound is quite long so they only go a little more than half way and then turn around, but that covers most of the Acadia shore and the most impressive views. You can learn more about them at http://www.barharborcruises.com
Looking toward the Northeast Harbor side of the Sound (below) you can see the swim club and houses that dot the shore. Closer up you can see details of homes, boats, and see the cars along Sargeant Drive where most people take in the fabulous views by land.
For those who have their own boat one of the unique outings is to go to Abel’s Lobster Pound by boat. Abel’s is nestled in the trees along the shore where you can dock your boat and enjoy a meal inside or out, right on Somes Sound. More info at http://www.abelslobsterpound.com
But my favorite part of the Sound is Somes Harbor by kayak. However if you are not a resident there is really no access to put a boat in directly into the harbor area. And kayaking all the way down the Sound is only for the very experienced kayaker in my opinion. So a private charter of a touring boat is probably a better option for seeing the area. One place you can do that is in Southwest Harbor is at Quietside Cruises and Sail Acadia. http://www.downeastfriendshipsloop.com/quietside_cruises.html
That said, here are some images taken while kayaking in Somes Harbor. I love kayaking around all the little islands and coves!
For anyone planning to camp on MDI one of the spots you might check out is the Mount Desert Campground located on Somes Harbor. They have beautiful sites AND canoe or kayak rentals are available (for their campers only), right at the campground!!! The photo below shows a small bit of the camp and kayakers.See more at http://www.mountdesertcampground.com
At the end of the day late light warms the shore and the boats in Somes Harbor create a peaceful scene.
You can read the article by Will Bleakley in Downeast Magazine here http://www.downeast.com/magazine/2012/may/sailing-the-sound