La Rochelle is a beautiful and elaborate “cottage” on West Street in Bar Harbor. Built in 1902 for George S. Bowdoin, a great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton and a partner in the Morgan Bank, the mansion was named after the Bowdoin family’s ancestral town in France. The most recent owners, Ruth and Tristram Colket, donated the structure to the Maine Sea Coast Mission in 1972
Architect Fred Savage of Mount Desert Island designed The Callender House (large image below) and Highseas. Today the Jackson Lab owns these former homes, both located on the Schooner Head Road just outside of Bar Harbor. The JAX allowed the MDI Photo Club to photograph both structures for our March outing. The Callender House (1901) was the first summer cottage built of brick in Bar
Pittsburgh welcomed me for a late February business trip. While there I had a chance to roam the city and walk across some of its fantastic historic steel bridges. The Andy Warhol bridge took me right to the Andy Warhol Museum which prides itself on being the global keeper of Andy Warhol’s legacy. The museum has seven floors of drawings, prints, paintings, sculpture, film and video, and
Camp Beech Cliff (CBC) is a non-profit year-round outdoor educational and recreational center located on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Through summer camps and year-round outdoor education, leadership and recreation programs, CBC seeks to enrich the lives of people of all ages. Its mission is to inspire personal growth, interpersonal connection, and a deep appreciation of the natural
I picked one of the coldest days of the year to travel out to Swans Island to photograph my friend Colleen’s new Tesla charging station at her Harbor Watch Inn. We thought it would be fun to take a picture and write a press release to promote electric vehicles and inn. It was fun, but it was damn cold. How cold was it? The thermometer at my house read -2F, but I think it warmed into single
The Criterion Theatre is a cinema, performance theatre, and venue located on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor, Maine. It opened in June 1932 featuring vaudeville performances and movies during a time when Bar Harbor’s summer scene was at its height. Today it is one of only two Art Deco theaters in the state of Maine and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In January of 2015, Jennifer Booher set out to circumambulate the shoreline of Mount Desert Island, hiking below the high tide line wherever possible. As she walks, Jenn studies the history, geology, and living things she encounters along the way. Later she writes about them on the Coast Walk section of her website jenniferbooher.com. There you can also see beautiful still life images she
The city of Ellsworth is the county seat of Hancock County, Maine. Incorporated as a town in 1800, and as a city in 1869, it has a very interesting history. I took the pictures below in a one hour period today from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. Yes, it gets dark early here in December.
I set up all three shots on a tripod and shot with a Canon 5D Mark III DSLR and a Canon 24mm tilt/shift
The largest bridge that you’ve probably never seen on Mount Desert Island is the Duck Brook Motor Road Bridge pictured below. Ironically, anyone who drives the Park Loop Road, starting from the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, travels over the bridge (located here), but few people see the bridge itself. That’s too bad since it is by far the longest and tallest bridge in the park. In fact, it’s
One of the best things about living on MDI is being able to take courses at Acadia Senior College. This fall, Duane and Ruth Braun taught The Geology of Mount Desert Island. The format for this seven session class was one hour of lecture followed by a field trip. On these educational and fun outings we visited Seawall, Big Rocks, Cadillac Mountain, the Shore Path in Bar Harbor, Otter