La Rochelle

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Architecture
La Rochelle

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 …

The Callender House and Highseas

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Architecture
The Callender House and Highseas

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 …

1932 Criterion Theatre

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016 in Architecture
1932 Criterion Theatre

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.

The 760 …

Ellsworth, Maine

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Architecture, Places
Ellsworth, Maine

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 …

Duck Brook Motor Road Bridge

Posted by on Nov 14, 2015 in Architecture
Duck Brook Motor Road Bridge

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 …

Bass Harbor Head Light

Posted by on Sep 12, 2015 in Architecture, Places
Bass Harbor Head Light

The lighthouse in Bass Harbor, Maine is one of the most photographed features on Mount Desert Island. Most images are of the lighthouse itself, taken from the shore below, but today I’m sharing a few that I shot from vantage points where few people are allowed to stand. Once or twice a year, the United States Coast Guard opens this historic site to the public for a few hours. The photos …

Southwest Harbor “Now”

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Architecture, Places
Southwest Harbor “Now”

This spring I photographed more than 30 scenes in Southwest Harbor, Maine for a “Then & Now” exhibit held at the Southwest Harbor Public Library during the month of July. The “then” photos came from the library’s Collection of Photographs and most dated from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the exhibit, the then and now images were paired and accompanied by a description of the …

Sea Ledges – Manset, Maine

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Architecture
Sea Ledges – Manset, Maine

Sea Ledges is located on the Shore Road in Manset, Maine on Mount Desert Island. Its views of Southwest Harbor, Somes Sound, and Acadia National Park are spectacular. With kind permission from the owners, I made the panorama below on the summer solstice at 5:23 AM. I used a Canon 5D3 and a Canon 45mm f/2.8 tilt/shift lens shooting 1/125 sec, f/5.6 at ISO 100. The pano is a combination of …

Waters Edge, W. P. Stewart Estate

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Architecture, Event, Places
Waters Edge, W. P. Stewart Estate

Waters Edge is a private estate on Sargeant Drive in Northeast Harbor, Maine. It has lovely gardens and expansive views across Somes Sound to the mountains of Acadia National Park. Each year the W. P. Stewart family opens this fabulous property for a spring garden tour to support a local nonprofit organization. This year the host and beneficiary of the event was the Harbor House Community …

New York City in Winter

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Architecture
New York City in Winter

New York’s lower east side is where my journey began this morning. I flew to LaGuardia last night from Bangor, Maine and checked into the “tenement chic” Blue Moon Hotel. This now upscale neighborhood was once one of the most densely populated places on earth. It is rich in history, though much of it is very dark. After checking into my if-only-the-walls-could-talk room, I walked around …