Wild Acadia

A Photographic Journey to New England’s Oldest National Park

Photography by Jerry Monkman, Marcy Monkman, and Jerry Monkman

In Wild Acadia, Jerry and Marcy Monkman offer a stunning full-color photographic and prose tribute to the spectacular shorelines, forests, and distinctive granite domes of Maine’s awe-inspiring Acadia National Park. The book’s opening chapter explores the history of the region from its volcanic beginnings to the time when Native Americans first settled there, the rise of tourism, and the establishment of Acadia National Park. Using historical photos paired with contemporary interpretations of the same scenes, Wild Acadia expertly illustrates how the park has changed during the last 100 years. The other chapters—“Shorelines,” “Forests,” and “Granite Domes”—document the spectacular beauty of Acadia while exploring the themes of wilderness, solitude, and overcrowding. In words and pictures, the Monkman’s breathtaking work captures the moods and glories of Acadia in all its magnificence: lush, rugged, delicate, vital. With gorgeous panoramic views and close-ups of entrancing details, the authors validate the honor bestowed on them by the Northern Forest Alliance for “vision and excellence in chronicling the story of the Northern Forest.”

Cover Image of Wild Acadia: A Photographic Journey to New England’s Oldest National Park
Cloth: $19.95
ISBN-13: 9781584655244
Pages: 122 | Size: 9 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: May 31, 2007


  • The rich images-from a macroscopic detail of lichen to a bird's-eye view of the rugged coastline-show us that the park is much, much more than a network of carriage roads on Mount Desert Island.

  • Together, the words and pictures are certain to spark a desire to visit New England in the very near future.

  • Wild Acadia by Jerry and Marcy Monkman is a photographer's loving journey through Acadia-past, present and hopeful future-and accompanying words that are equally charming, careful and evocative . . . It's a thoughtful and irresistible charmer . . . not just a coffee-table replacement for your own amateur photo album.

    The Courier-Gazette (Rockland
  • Jerry Monkman's observations are engaging and his history of the park fascinating . . . the photographs are, like the crashing of surf, mesmerizing. Rocks, sand, surf, spray, sea, trees, lichens, ledges. From mountain-scapes to close-ups of ferns, the Monkmans' photographs paint this place with admiration, affinity, and affection.

    Concord Monitor
  • Jerry and Marcy Monkman offer a personal and beautiful exploration of Acadia National Park. Their passion for the land and its nature is clearly and wonderfully communicated through the book’s words and photographs.

    Rob Sheppard
    editor, Outdoor Photogr

About the Author

JERRYand MARCY MONKMAN are professional outdoor photographers and writers whose work has appeared in numerous books, calendars, and magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic Adventure, Yankee, Outside, the Washington Post, and Down East. They are the authors of White Mountain Wilderness (UPNE, 2005), The Colors of Fall, and adventure guidebooks to Acadia National Park, Southern New Hampshire, and the White Mountains. The couple lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with their daughter Acadia and son Quinn.

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