Posts tagged: Northeast Harbor

Lantern Stroll at Asticou Azalea Gardens

By , July 6, 2012 12:20 pm

On July 2 the Asticou Azalea Garden had an evening lantern stroll similar to evenings hosted by Charles Savage in the 1960s. The last time such an event was held in the garden was in 2008 in celebration of the Garden’s 50th anniversary. Monday night  there  was a great turnout and the weather was perfect ! The stroll began at 8 while there was still some daylight and continued, as it got darker, until 10 pm.

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You can learn more about the gardens at http://www.gardenpreserve.org

Somes Sound from the Water

By , June 22, 2012 5:38 pm

I have photographed along the shores of Somes Sound many times over the years but last summer when Down East magazine asked me to shoot Somes Sound from the water I set off to explore a whole new view. Though I had seen some parts of the area by boat in the past, I can now say  that I have photographed the Sound from, a tour boat, sail boat, a lobster boat, and in Somes Harbor by kayak.

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The author focused the story on sailing but if you don’t sail or own a boat, you can still enjoy getting out on the water. There are  many tour and rental options available all over the island. Below are a few shots not in the story and some info to go along with them.

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The Sea Princess’s scenic nature cruises are narrated and include great information about the area and the wildlife. The cruise leaves from Northeast Harbor, passes by Bear Island Light,  tours over to Southwest Harbor and then up into Somes Sound. The Sound is quite long so they only go a little more than half way and then turn around, but that covers most of the Acadia shore and  the most impressive views. You can learn more about them at http://www.barharborcruises.com

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Looking toward the Northeast Harbor side of the Sound (below) you can see the swim club and houses that dot the shore. Closer up you can see details of homes, boats, and see the cars along Sargeant Drive where most people take in the fabulous views by land.

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For those who have their own boat one of the unique outings is to go to Abel’s Lobster Pound by boat.  Abel’s is nestled in the trees along the shore where  you can dock your boat and enjoy a meal inside or out, right on Somes Sound. More info at http://www.abelslobsterpound.com

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But my favorite part of the Sound is Somes Harbor by kayak. However if you are not a resident there is really no access to put a boat in directly into the harbor area. And kayaking all the way down the Sound is only for the very experienced kayaker in my opinion. So a private charter of a touring boat is probably a better option for seeing the area. One place you can do that is in Southwest Harbor is at Quietside Cruises and Sail Acadia. http://www.downeastfriendshipsloop.com/quietside_cruises.html

That said, here are some images taken while kayaking in Somes Harbor. I love kayaking around all the little islands and coves!

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For anyone planning to camp on MDI one of the spots you might check out is the Mount Desert Campground located on Somes Harbor. They have beautiful sites AND canoe or kayak rentals are available (for their campers only), right at the campground!!!  The photo below shows a small bit of the camp and kayakers.See more at http://www.mountdesertcampground.com

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At the end of the day late light warms the shore and the boats in Somes Harbor create a peaceful scene.

You can read the article by Will Bleakley in Downeast Magazine here   http://www.downeast.com/magazine/2012/may/sailing-the-sound

Brown Mountain Gate Lodge

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By , March 28, 2011 1:46 pm

Ever wonder what’s behind those leaded windows ? What it would be like to be inside ?

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On Saturday we got to find out when Acadia National Park hosted the first ever open house .

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Designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, a prominent New York architect, The Brown Mountain Gate Lodge was completed in 1933. The intention was to mark the entrance to the carriage roads and prevent automobiles from entering. Of course a gatehouse is also designed to house a gate keeper so it is designed to be a home. However I don’t believe there ever was a gatekeeper.  Today it houses seasonal park staff.

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There was a great turnout for the event. From the comments I think everyone had many various ideas of what the interior  might look like. My husband expected it to look like the inside of a castle, I had heard it was more simple and  I expected it to be cold and dark. We were both surprised. First by the warmth when we entered…there was heat! ( I thought it might have been shut off for the winter) And next by the warmth of the welcoming rangers  who had filled the kitchen with muffins, coffee, juice, and fruit. What a nice unexpected surprise!

Though the light was dim the rooms did not seem dark.  Light cascaded through the windows and down the stairs and the smaller bedroom windows created little nooks with a soft glow. Of course making photographs, handheld, was still a challenge…thank goodness for image stabilization, and the low noise/ high ISO of today’s cameras.

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The entire house was open for us to roam through. The first floor has as spacious kitchen, living room, and dining room, the second floor has 4 bedrooms, one bath, and many closets. Even the cellar was open for the public.

In addition to the touring the house there was a stone cutting demonstration by Steve Haynes, of the Maine Granite Museum and additional educational displays in the house.

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I have posted a gallery with many more photos of the events and  the gate lodge.

Click here to see it at     http://www.sueannehodges.com/gatehouse

THANK YOU to the park staff who made the day possible!

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!

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

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