This summer I spent time photographing an MDI garden that you may not know, Garland Farm. Many garden lovers visit Asticou Azalea Garden, Thuya Garden and Lodge, and the Asticou Terraces and Landing, on Mount Desert Island. But few may realize that many of the plantings for these gardens came from Beatrix Farrand’s garden at Reef Point and that the plantings and other details at her last residence and garden at Garland Farm are in the process of being saved, restored, and are now open to the public. This summer I had the pleasure of learning more as I photographed the garden and house for The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Last week The Cultural Landscape Foundation announced the 2012 Landslide®: Landscape and Patronage. Landslide, is the annual thematic compendium of threatened and at-risk landscapes, which in 2012 focuses on visionary patrons and organizations and the sites they helped create. This year Garland Farm was part of that list. The goal is to celebrate the accomplishments and inspire new generations of patrons and philanthropists.
There are wonderful stories and histories to be discovered at Garland Farm. As the last home designed for an aging Beatrix Farrand, she designed the garden as a garden she could enjoy for the view from her room. In a day before assisted living was available, as she downsized, she created a home for herself surrounded by things she loved most, especially her garden.
You can learn more about The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the 2012 Landslide at
Learn more about Beatrix Farrand and Garland Farm at
I have many more images from both the house and gardens to be posted in the near future.
Acadia National Park held a holiday open house at the Jordan Pond Gate Lodge this past Saturday. It is the first time this building has been open to the public and the Holiday decor made it extra festive. As did the unexpected snow!
More images will be uploaded to my web site soon. But right now it’s time for me to get in the holiday spirit and finish up some shopping! Happy Holidays!!!
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.
The 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
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!
One 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!
DownEast Magazine ran this image in the “where in Maine?” section. Familiar scenes really do look different in winter!
They have revealed the location in the magazine so now I can tell you it is Bass Harbor!
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 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 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
The Somesville Bridge in Somesville Maine on Mt Desert Island
Last winter my schedule and the snowstorms coincided nicely. I got to spend lots of time out taking photos of Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor Maine. It seemed to snow a little every night so each morning the landscape was fresh and white, and calling me outside to photograph more. This winter I have spent more time inside, at my computer, and teaching, and in my studio. And among other things starting this blog. So, welcome! I plan to add content on a regular basis. I hope you’ll come back soon!