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  • Writer's pictureDave Pidgeon

Fireworks over Bar Harbor

LOCATION: The Shore Path, Bar Harbor, Me.

EQUIPMENT: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM | Peak Design aluminum travel tripod

GPS: 44°23'26.8549" N 68°12'10.884" W

THE STORY: It started in fog. It ended in fireworks.

Yeah, that could apply to just about anything in life. In this case, I'm referring to a summer week on Mount Desert Island.

After days of fog and rain, which as a photographer, let's be honest, we find to be as gorgeous as a colorful sunset, the storm clouds receded just as July 4 dawned.

I'd been told the Fourth is fantastic in Bar Harbor. That certainly proved to be true, thanks to some buttered lobster rolls, excellent Sauvignon blanc, a lot of patriotic bunting, and fireworks over the harbor.

If you've never seen fireworks over the ocean, harbor or body of water, highly recommend. Highly.

When you can with potassium nitrate, sulphur, charcoal, some colorful dyes, and a torch applied to a wick paint both sky and water in reds, greens, blues, yellows, well, that's as close to magic as one might get.

This is a 20-second exposure taken from a vantage point where the sail masts, the curve of the public beach, and the crowd could be included in the frame with the sky blossoms.

It was a fine way to end a week of new memories and perspectives.

Dave Pidgeon is a seasoned writer and photographer. He lives in Lancaster, Pa. with his three sons. You can reach him at


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