Category: Maine

Four Seasons

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By , January 8, 2011 10:48 pm

Recently Downeast Magazine asked if I had a series showing a location in 4 seasons. I love going back to the same place and showing it in different conditions or how it changes over time. So I knew I would have some. As I looked through my work I discovered that it was often hard to tell the difference between spring and summer. Or that often I had only 3 of the 4 seasons. And of course evergreens on a rocky coast only really show 2 seasons…snow and no snow! But one series of a pond in Acadia stood out and I had more than enough to choose from. After submitting a few different  locations the pond was the series they chose to run. And I am so happy they picked some of the images that show the weather. So often clients want only blue sky days but what says spring better than a soft spring rain on the pond. I can almost hear the whisper of the rain on the water when I look back at that image. Thanks Downeast for showing the real feel of the seasons! The following are the 4 images they choose.

Winter in Acadia

Spring in Acadia

Summer in Acadia

Fall in Acadia

Glacial Erratics

By , November 1, 2010 12:11 am

While looking through my work recently  I realized that photos of Glacial Erratics were scattered through my work just as they are scattered through out the landscape of Maine. And this year I had shot 2 of them!  First is the iconic “Balance Rock” symbol for the Bar Harbor Shore Path and the Balance Rock Inn.

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Of course the most famous Rock is Bubble Rock which sits on top of South Bubble and looks poised to topple down the mountain at Any time.

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And lastly, one of the big rocks on Cadillac Mountain,

Hodges-1008-0576-D2I don’t think this one has a name. If anyone knows that it does please let me know! Glacial erratics are boulders carried 20 miles or more by the glaciers and left in valleys and on mountain tops. To learn more about the geology of Acadia go to http://www.discover-acadia.com/support-files/written-in-the-rocks.pdf

It’s interesting to see these images together. After putting these images together it occurred to me that this month’s “Where in Maine” in  Downeast Magazine is also one of my rock photos. But it’s not in Acadia. Check it out. Do you know where it is and what is it’s name?


The Heart of Acadia

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By , September 13, 2010 9:12 pm

Hodges-DownEast0810The Carriage Roads are one of my favorite parts of Acadia. One day after it had been raining I walked to Cobblestone Bridge, one of my favorite places, and made a series of images. The timing was just right…soft light and flowing water made for successful conditions for  capturing the essence of the area. I am so happy Down East magazine choose to feature one of those images and a few of my other images for their recent article. I have been documenting the Carriage Roads for many years and have photographed every bridge. You can see more of those bridges on my site at this link http://www.sueannehodges.com/roads

Forest Light

By , July 28, 2010 11:34 pm

treesfolio-110My new work this year attempts to capture light in the forest. It is not about details but about atmosphere, about the glow seen through the trees, and about the color awash with light. The old saying “you can’t see the forest for the trees” was proven true when I began this series and found the details overpowered the scene. Reducing those details with an in camera blur at the end of the exposure gave me the limited detail I desired, and allowed the light to be the subject. All images from this series are inspired by, and shot in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.

In The Islander, Robert Levin wrote; “Ms. Hodges’ “Birches in the Field” reduces the landscape to a gossamer field of green, white and yellow vertical lines. The magical representation is fascinating. We see just enough to know what we are viewing, but having never seen it like this before we see anew, eyes fresh with wonder.”

To read more of the article click here

This work and some pieces from the  “Boatscapes” series and  the “Island Light” series are on view at 

Redfield Artisans Gallery,

125 Maine St. Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Maine

Thursday, July 29 4:30-6:30 is “Meet the Artist Night” please drop in and say hi!

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New Work at Redfield’s

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By , June 10, 2010 11:09 pm

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New Work is now on view at Redfield Artisans Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine. It’s a fabulous gallery and an honor to be in the company of such great artists!

Where in Maine ?

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By , March 24, 2010 10:02 pm

2where in maine april004One of my photos is in the April issue of Down East magazine. It’s in the “Where in Maine?” spread. So I’m not telling where, but you can read more about it and  guess on Down East’s site… here.

After the results are published I’ll post more images of the place!

2010 Guidebook is out!

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By , March 17, 2010 10:43 am

I am proud to have my work featured again in the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce 2010 Guidebook.

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The Bar Harbor visitors guide can be downloaded here or you can visit www.barharborinfo.com and request the printed version.

The cover image is of Cobblestone Bridge, one of the many bridges in the Carriage Road system in Acadia National Park. Forty-five miles of rustic carriage roads, the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family, weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park and on some private land still owned by the Rockefellers but open to the public. The system includes 17 stone bridges. But this is the only bridge made of cobblestones. It is truely amazing! This image is taken early in the summer right after we had some rain so everything is fresh. Here are some more images from that day.

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Hodges-Acadia-08-8749I have photographed all of the 17 bridges and many of the Carriage Roads. I hope to have a section on my website dedicated to the carriage roads soon. Until then, you can see more images of them scattered throughout my site and you can learn more about them on the Acadia National Park site,  here.

Maine’s prettiest harbors

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By , August 29, 2009 6:36 pm

September 2009 cover

Down East magazine ran a survey for readers to choose the prettiest harbors in Maine. Camden placed #1 but my image of Bar Harbor made the cover! (Bar Harbor placed # 2)

Two other harbors on Mount Desert Island also made the list and my images were used. In Northeast Harbor, my view is from the pier looking up into the harbor. In Southwest Harbor, my view is from the dock at the Claremont. It is very similar to the view you get from the Manset  shore area of Southwest Harbor too.

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Southwest Harbor

Northeast Harbor

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To see more images of these harbors go to www.SueAnneHodges.com/harbors

Boatscapes

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By , July 15, 2009 9:47 pm

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Water has often been my subject, but recently my gaze shifted up a bit. In this new series the images are of the side of boats but I see them as landscapes and expect the viewer will make that connection. I think it is interesting that the light reflecting off of the water on to the boat gives the illusion of clouds. I am transported into these landscapes the minute I put the camera to my eye. A horizon appears, created by a stripe on the hull or perhaps by the water’s edge. It is actually quite disorienting to know I am standing very close to the edge of the dock looking at something very close yet what I am seeing in my camera is a vast, distant horizon. It’s a very odd feeling. I like the ambiguity between what the image represents and what it implies.

The work will be on display at Redfield Artisans Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine. Or see more at http://www.sueannehodges.com/boatscapes

Thinking Spring

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By , April 11, 2009 12:36 am

The calendar says spring is here but I haven’t seen many signs until today. The daffodils are coming up, the lilac tree has buds, and I saw a few yellow petals peeking out of the forsythia today. So now I am thinking of spring. I can’t wait for it to be in full bloom!

Asticou Azalea Garden, Northeast Harbor, Maine

Asticou Azalea Garden, Northeast Harbor, Maine photo ©Sue Anne Hodges

One of my favorite places in spring is Asticou Azalea Garden, in Northeast Harbor, Maine. It is generally at it’s peak the end of May or beginning of June. The spring green colors of Acadia are also amazing that time of year. They are almost as varied as the fall foliage. Tip: To fully enjoy the spring foliage make sure you bring the bug spray. It is too beautiful to let those pesky black flies keep you indoors! I am eagerly awaiting the burst of color and my first hike in the springtime air!

View west over Eagle Lake from Cadillac Mountain

View to the west over Eagle Lake from Cadillac Mountain photo ©Sue Anne Hodges

To see more of spring on Mount Desert Island and Acadia go to http://www.sueannehodges.com/spring

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