On the day following Labor Day, the visitors have departed from the Down East Maine coast, leaving the fishermen, storekeepers and craftspeople to a slower schedule. The leaves haven't started turning yet, but the air is crisp and clear and the water is quiet in the reaches and bays. We drove to a tiny part of Acadia National Park, separate from the large, over-traveled Mount Desert Island.

The Schoodic Peninsula Scenic Byway passes fields of goldenrod and small homes and gardens with ripe corn and pumpkins, with the occasional farm stand selling local berries. The National Park has a six-mile one-way loop drive around the tip of the Peninsula, a lovely section lined with rocks and birds and lobster pots.

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Southeast of Ellsworth, Maine Lighthouse south of Ellsworth Maine shoreline Along the water's edge Large flocks of migrating eiders A peaceful place to sit and watch the gulls Water The shoreline is rocky Lobster boat pulled up at float Preparing to pull up the trap Examining the catch Returning the traps to the water