Good morning, Bar Harbor.


I drive to work behind a school bus. We make our way through a national park at an under-the-limit speed of 35 mph. The roadside buzzes with waking bugs, and petals open to cup the morning sun. At the harbor, I can’t focus on the reflections because the sun and tide move the water and it shimmers. A small cruise ship has Christmas lights around its top deck and a perky guide announces to its passengers that they better grab a jacket for the nature tour. I wear my grandfather’s wool shirt as armor against the chill coming off the ocean.

Jenna Beaulieu

About Jenna Beaulieu

Jenna is a writer and fine art photographer who recently moved from the Saint John Valley region to the quiet side of Mount Desert Island. She’s a fan of excellent music, homemade gravy, and colored pencils (also, short books and long books, good pens, flannel, and when the June bugs don’t really come out much that year). For more about Jenna and her work, visit her website at