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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hidden gems

A vintage photo of the Tidal Falls from August 1954, by Ellis Holt.
Yesterday I was packing art books when I came across a forgotten little volume, The Plein Air Artist Guide to Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island, by Gail Ribas. Leafing through it, I realized that students driving to my workshop at Schoodic Point will drive right past the Tidal Falls at Hancock.

The Tidal Falls is about halfway between Ellsworth and the turnoff to Winter Harbor.
Reversing falls are caused when tides force water up against a prevailing current. They dot the coast: in Blue Hill and Lincoln, ME, at Cobscook Bay down east, and on the St. John River in New Brunswick. And there’s one right along our motor route to Schoodic.

Corea Heath is also managed by the Frenchman Bay Conservancy (photo by Bob DeForrest)
The farther north you wander in Maine, the bigger the tidal range gets. In fact, the highest tidal range in the world is not far away, at Burntcoat Head in Nova Scotia. Its mean spring range is 47.5 feet and its extreme range is 53.5 feet. The bigger the tide, the more noticeable the reversing falls phenomenon is. (I suppose that's why nobody notices them in the Great Lakes.)

It's amazing what you find when you start packing.
The Frenchman Bay Conservancy owns 4.2 acres overlooking the Tidal Falls at Hancock. There are a pavilion, picnic tables and grills—in short, the perfect set-up for a break from driving.

Beautiful Corea, ME.
I love a good boreal bog, so I'm excited about another property owned by the Conservancy: Corea Heath. This is on my workshop itinerary for the week, so you don’t need to hunt it out on your own. It’s a 600-acre habitat for inland and coastal waterfowl and wading birds, migrating land birds, and rare plants.

Rising from the edge of the wetland complex is a mixed forest of hardwoods, spruce, fir and pine, including a beautiful stand of the fire-dependent jack pine.

Let me know if you’re interested in painting with me on the Schoodic Peninsula in beautiful Acadia National Park in 2015 or Rochester at any time. Click here for more information on my Maine workshops! Download a brochure here.


Susan Herbst said...

LOL - I know that book well. Gail's a good friend and I'm actually in the book. (That's me crunched down on a walkway at Charlotte Rhoades' Garden.)

I'm very interested in doing your Schoodic trip but it will depend on whether the workshop I'm scheduled for at Gail's will happen. That'll probably be too late get a space in your event.

Oh well, another time.

Carol Douglas said...

I found you! You're on page 45!

Do you have my email? It's malerincd at gmail. com. Why don't you drop me a line. As you figure out what is happening over the summer we can reconnoiter.

Susan Herbst said...

Thanks Carol! I will keep your email on file. Gail usually lets me know about 6 weeks out - so I'll likely know by end of July.

That was my very first time at a painting workshop. It was Mel Stabin, who, as you probably know, is quite a character.

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