Christmas at the Gate Lodge

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By , December 20, 2011 1:01 pm

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!

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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!!!

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

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!

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!

Follow up to April “Where in Maine ?”

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By , May 28, 2010 3:31 pm
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Now that the answer has been revealed I can tell you that my photo of the theater in Down East magazine’s April  “Where in Maine” was the Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor.

The Criterion Theatre was purchased by Anthony & Erin Uliano in May of 2007 and immediately turned over operation to The Criterion Theatre and Arts Center, a non-profit corporation. You can learn more about the theater on their web site at http://www.criteriontheater.com

The Criterion Theatre and Arts Center mission is to make arts and theatre more accessible to all on Mount Desert Island and beyond, through diverse programming, workshops, and community events. They continue to show top rate movies too!

The Criterion Theatre built in 1932 is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Theatre has 877 seats.

One very special feature of the building is its “floating” balcony, one of a few of its kind. Not only is this free-hanging structure an architectural feat, it also offers some of the best seating in the house. The balcony is divided into nine sections (loges) separated from each other with half walls and from the back corridor with velvet curtains. Originally rented out by the box to the town’s wealthy summer residents, these seats are now available to all, and offer an excellent birdseye view of the screen and stage

While attending a couple of events last year I had time to get some interior shots. Here are a few more…

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on the balcony level

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Fabulous art deco design, even the rest room signs!

Fabulous art deco design, even the rest room signs!

Art Deco sign recently restored

Art Deco sign recently restored

To see more from last year’s events check out my Island Light blog at

http://sueannehodges.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/criterion-hosts-ken-burns

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!

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