The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday. Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities. Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.
When we think of mountains in the United States, the famous Rocky Mountains of Colorado or the Blue Ridge Mountains may be the first ones to come to mind but the state of Maine has an impressive display of mountains too. Located just off of Route 1 in Presque Isle, Maine is Aroostook State Park. The park's scenic beauty offers a lake, hiking trails, camping and the impressive Quaggy Jo Mountain, making this place a must see tourist attraction. For an "out of stater" like me, the nominal $3.00 all day admission was quite the bargain. I was now very excited to see what experiences lay before me.
I grabbed my camera gear, headed toward the trail entrance and was greeted by a sign directing me to either the North Peak trail or the South Peak trail. With absolutely zero knowledge about this park and making my decision based on a whim, I chose the North Peak trail. It didn't take very long before the trail became VERY steep....precariously steep! Besides the uneven path, you must also contend with rocks, tree roots, slippery moss, wet leaves and of course pesky insects such as flies, mosquitoes and bees. This trail is not for the faint of heart but you are certainly rewarded with stunning views when you have finally reached the top of the 1100ft mountain.
The photo shown above was one that I took while at the top and it was the layout of the trees standing at attention against the blue sky background that caught my eye. I was on slanted ground so I had to use extra care in setting up my tripod and then making sure the camera was level. After a few more minutes of taking in the sweeping views, I headed down on the South Peak trail until I eventually reached the parking lot. I had a great time and perhaps I can re-visit Aroostook State Park later in the year during the fall foliage season.
Equipment and Settings
1/250 sec at f13, ISO 100
Canon 10-22mm f3.5 - 4.5 USM lens set at 10mm