All the ice shacks sunk last night. That is all that were left out on the ice- the smarter folk dragged them to the shore and staked them, the rest sunk. It went from -20f to +45 and blowing a gale and raining a few inches of warm rain in the space of a few days so I figure what happens is that even though there is 10 inches of ice- the rain collects on the roof and sides of the shacks and pours down the corners and melts a whole and then it's just a matter of time and momentum and they're going down.
"Doing Their Part To Keep Acadia Beautiful"
Overnight we had 50 knot winds and a German friend of mine thought she was going to Oz and it rained to beat the band. At noon the whole thing started to break up and when that happened I wanted to head out there to get some long exposure cloud whispies streaking by. Eagle lake on Mount Desert Island in Acadia always has a lot of ice shacks so that was where I was headed to continue my current project- when I pulled in there tho the usually busy parking area was packed with people rushing all about and I was even more jacked to get shooting and set up my kit at the car and headed down there and here was this giant frackas of sunk ice shacks and tow trucks and guys in dry suits and on and on. And I tell ya the whole thing would have been a lot more efficient if everyone including the workers working the disaster weren't so busy making pictures with thier phones and Ipads and cameras of all kinds. The only one missing was a large-format-wooden-legged-tripod-shooting old-timer with a beard bigger than my own. Pretty weird deal indeed. Add to that one of the dry suit wearing ice shack lassoers kept blowing an old train whistle while he was out on the ice made an already surreal scene even more surreal-ler. But it did make a great time to make pictures! Then I went on to take another massive wave to the Face down by the seaside that left me gasping like a famished large man eating a New York pizza, that's another story for another time- more on that tomorrow.
"Ice Shacks On Thin Ice"