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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

The CARRIAGE ROADS of Acadia National Park

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By , April 10, 2011 10:19 pm

New edition just released….

Carriage-Roads of Acadia

The carriage roads are near and dear to my heart. The village area of  Seal Harbor  is my second home , and the carriage roads are just steps from my door. For getting around on them, Diane Abrell’s guide to the Carriage Roads is one of the best reference books you’ll find !

I still have my well worn first edition, and a much used second edition of this great reference book.  So I was honored when Down East asked to use my photos in this third edition of the book.

One of the things I reference  most in the book is the mileage between the sign markers. Though the maps show cumulative totals as the loop progresses, I  use that info to calculate distances in making my own loops. Do I want a short walk or an all day adventure? When other books give me time estimates, I always have to at least double the time. Not because I am a slow walker (well maybe a little)  but mostly because …I stop to take pictures! That takes time!  So with some experience, knowing the actual miles helps me plan better. And the descriptions of each loop will give you a good idea of the terrain, which is equally important as a hilly terrain will be much more time consuming and strenuous. All of this helps plan a great walk!

From the village of Seal Harbor one of my favorite custom loops, not in the book, is from the Jordan Pond Road Bridge head toward Redfield Hill Loop, at # 30 turn left, at 27 left, at 28 straight, to Cobblestone Bridge at #24. From here you can make a short loop back via Redfield Hill loop or a longer route back via the Jordan Stream Loop. This is the walk I took when I made the image featured on the cover. You can also get to the bridge from the Jordan Pond House by following the Jordan Stream Loop. The many maps in this book include the bridges and the intersection markers for easy reference.

There are so many variations! With this book as a guide you can introduce yourself to the most well known loops or  make your own. How about  including the Island Explorer bus to complete your route back to your car! That’s not in the book but easy to do.  Do you have a favorite custom loop? Add a comment here. Let’s share!

The inside of the book is printed with maps and graphics in mind so the black and white images don’t reveal the beauty of the seasons. To see the color versions these images go to

http://www.sueannehodges.com/roads

This gallery includes images of every carriage road bridge and more !

And don’t forget to share your favorite loop with us!

The book is available for purchase at

https://secure.downeast.com/books/maine/carriage-roads-acadia-national-park-3rd-edition.html

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!

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.

Where in Maine?

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By , February 17, 2010 10:10 am

DownEast Magazine ran this image in the “where in Maine?” section. Familiar scenes really do look different in winter!Hodges-2009-12downeast

They have revealed the location  in the magazine so now I can tell you it is Bass Harbor!

Winter

By , January 31, 2009 12:48 pm
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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!

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