Rebecca Wilks was one of three students on the “Winter in Acadia: A Creative Photography Retreat” held on the scenic Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park, Maine, from February 7-13, 2016. This blog post features her thoughts and images from her experience. If you have enjoyed seeing Acadia through her eyes, please leave her a comment on her post! More of Rebecca’s work can be viewed on her website www.skylineimages.net and her blog at theviewfromtheskyline.blogspot.com.
Another fabulous workshop with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry has come to an end too soon. I’d been to (and Around) Acadia National Park with her twice before, but never in the winter. Of course our little group knew we couldn’t predict what the weather would bring in February for safe travels or for photography. We were fortunate. Temps were well above freezing the week before and after our time there, but we saw wind chill temps below minus 20. Yes, we were slow-moving, sometimes uncomfortable and occasionally whiny. We were fortunate though, since the colder temps are much more conducive to photographing snow and ice, which we did with joy.
Colleen has asked each of us to contribute a few favorite images with our thoughts.
One morning along East Schoodic Drive I was following the trail of a fox in the deep snow. I looked up and was struck by the graphic quality of evergreen trees with ice plastered to their trunks on one side. As Colleen often encourages students to do, I pondered what attracted me to the scene. There’s a literal narrative here about the strength of the storm the night before, but also universal truths about perseverance and the fresh start that comes with the dawn. Oh, and I think it’s pretty.
We drove twice to Mount Desert Island, where the larger and more visited (though not so much in the winter) part of the park lies. My favorite shots there were at Duck Brook, where fanciful ice formations resembling pillows, chandeliers, and sea creatures had formed above a retreating flood. The texture of the ice fascinates me still.
Somehow on this trip, I often found myself shooting in the opposite direction from my friends. Here’s an example along Park Loop Road. They were making lovely images of a snow-covered Boulder Beach, but I was captivated by the coast in the other direction with their curves echoed by the high tide line and mountains as well as the sense of power in the waves.
I can’t wait for a chance to do it again.
Would you like to experience and photograph Acadia in the winter while learning how to express yourself more creatively? Join Colleen on her next “Winter in Acadia: A Creative Photography Retreat” from February 12-18, 2017! Learn more and register for this unforgettable, small group (max 6) workshop at cms-photo.com/Workshops/2017WinterinAcadia.html.