Sunday, July 22, 2012

Adventures in the North Woods - Moosehead Lake

I left Auburn at 6 am and headed to Moosehead Lake for a commission of Mt. Kineo.  It was a long and ardous drive, close to 4 hours and almost an hour of that on a dirt logging road.   I've done a lot of traveling around Maine, but it was my first time in the North Woods.  I was blown away by the pure beauty and isolation.   Stephanie was a great hostess and I got to jump in the lake, and she took me and the Hasselblad on canoe adventure.


And speaking of isolation, this trip did make me think about the dangers of traveling alone with all my equipment and no cell reception down semi-dangerous dirt roads in the middle of no where.   I came home and renewed my AAA membership and thought perhaps I should investigate satellite phones & bringing a burly assistant when I travel to very remote locations.

Moosehead - Mt. Kineo >

The next day I had a shoot scheduled close by, well down another dirt road - about a 45 minute drive but only 10 miles to Mildred 's place. She is a photographer I met at the studio and we have stayed in contact over the years.  

She and her husband Eric run West Branch Pond Camps  which has been in Eric's family for over 100 years.   The gave me a warm welcome and fed me an incredible lunch and gave me a tour of the compound.  My favorite place was the dining hall which was like stepping back in time.  Their almost four year old, Avis was happily running around enjoying summertime and found a snake which she was quite taken by.  Mildred photographed her with the snake for a really cool project - she is taking a photograph a day of Avis, printing it and sending her a postcard of the days events.  Avis will have quite a collection and a really cool history of her life!

Mildred, Eric & Avis - West Branch Pond Camps, Township A -Range 12


And speaking of isolation, this trip did make me think about the dangers of traveling alone with all my equipment and no cell reception down semi-dangerous dirt roads in the middle of no where. I came home and renewed my AAA membership and thought perhaps I should investigate satellite phones & bringing a burly assistant when I travel to very remote locations.

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