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Storm Surge Photograph by Michael Melford
Surf kicked up by storms in the Gulf of Maine sledge-hammered the coast while photographer Michael Melford was working in Acadia. "You really understand the phrase 'wrath of nature' when you hear the boom of those waves on granite," Melford says. "The sound is spectacular." This elemental experience was preserved for the people of the United States by a group of philanthropists who donated land that became a national monument in 1916. Three years later Congress turned this coastal jewel into a national park—the first established east of the Mississippi River.
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Film Type: Digital Lens: 100-400mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Stormy Time of Day: Evening Lighting Techniques: Natural light