Dixie Pearson 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 Dixie’s work can be viewed on her website at dixiegirl.smugmug.com.
Winter in Acadia gave me the opportunity to be truly alone with the landscape. Through Colleen’s excellent guidance, I was able to “turn off” my thoughts, and listen to my surroundings.
I learned to make mindful observations of the landscape. Here are just a few of my observations:
- The crashing of the waves and the whistling of the wind during our first day of shooting at Schoodic Point.
- The snow and ice forming “ice pillows” over rocks at Duck Brook.
- The myriad ice formations, rising and breaking around us at West Pond Cove.
- The sound of the pebbles, like tiny bamboo xylophones, tumbling in the surf as each wave recedes at Boulder Beach.
Here are 3 of my images, with accompanying haikus, from our trip:
the icy brook flows
forever echoing change
tree on craggy shore
arms raised in supplication
granite sky warning
veiled light revealing
the sun’s fickle winter gaze
how I see has changed
What an incredible opportunity it was to capture such an amazing place in winter. I can truly say that it was well worth braving the elements~just dress warmly and enjoy!
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.
Well Dixie I think you have the heart of a poet. Bamboo xylophones. I especially love that.
Dixie, you have embraced the haiku. All are a very complement to you beautiful pictures.
The mix of photos and poems speak to my heart. Beautiful.