3 Days of Wonder and Nostalgia in New England’s Only National Park
New England, and certainly Acadia National Park, has always held a special place in my heart. I grew up in coastal New Hampshire and some of my fondest childhood memories center around family trips to the park. It was here, my brother and I took our first flight, soaring silently above the rounded mountains of Mt. Desert Island in a glider, and to this day, a clock hangs in my parents house with a photo of my brother, myself and our cousins atop Cadillac Mountain from a trip in the early 90’s. It was here too, that I took Bryn for her first trip to New England, before we were even dating, now 20 years ago, and here we returned two years later as part of our honeymoon. And so, after a far-too-long time away, we returned again this summer to Acadia to introduce our own children to a park that holds so many of our treasured memories.
A Flyby Visit along the Ridges and Ravines of Shenandoah National Park
Because of our tight schedule, we had only a few hours to explore Shenandoah National Park. We certainly didn’t give the park the time it deserved, but despite our whirlwind adventure, we saw more wildlife, big and small, in Shenandoah, than we had seen in any other park.
Exploring the largest cave system in the world and the park above it
This summer, we had the great privilege of escaping the sweltering Florida heat and spending five weeks on the road, photographing most of the national parks east of the Mississippi, as well as a half dozen or so other National Park Service monuments, memorials and battlefields along the way. Our first stop was Mammoth Cave National Park.
This past week, we had the pleasure of spending a few days in the mountains of North Carolina. From a few of the locals we spoke to, it looks like we had just missed peak colors, but to be honest, compared to anything we get in FL, this was spectacular. Above is a photo from the deck of our 4,400 foot-high lodging as the sun was rising over the valley below – amazing location, right? If I owned this little piece of glory, chances are I would spend every fall there – and most summers, and springs…
On the first day of our trip (slightly delayed as a result of a particularly nasty family-wide stomach bug), we began the climb to the mountains up NC 181. At our first stop, Brown Mountain (As an aside, a few years ago I discovered this great old Bluegrass song called the Brown Mountain Lights – its about mysterious lights that have appeared atop this mountains for over a century – here’s the Wikipedia link: Brown Mountain Lights), there was quite a bit of green as you can see from the first image in the slideshow, but thankfully as we went upward and westward, the colors exploded.
The image above is from the first morning in the mountains, about 45 minutes after sunrise – the little winding road leading down from house was full of these beautiful little hollows – lit perfectly by the morning sun.
And so, I’ll leave you with this for now. Many more photos (and perhaps a story or two) to come! Enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as a desktop wallpaper!
It appears that today is fine art catch-up day for Deremer Studios. This post features a pair of road trips I recently took in conjuntion with shoots.
Back in August, I went out to Destin for a wedding and the next morning, took a day trip along the forgotten roads of Florida. I stayed overnight in Chattahoochee, FL along the old, venerable US Route 90. Before the interstate came through in the 1960’s, this was the main road from the Atlantic coast of Florida to the border with Alabama. It wound through little towns, big cities, and along miles of rural countryside. There were thriving business, service stations and motels lining the roads from Jacksonville to Alabama. But that wasn’t to last. Today, the road is lined with dilapidated and collapsed shells – the only reminder for what once was there – well, except for this restored service station (below) about 10 miles west of Tallahassee.
The other road trip was up to Amelia Island on a pre-sunrise road trip up to a shoot at the Ritz-Carlton. I always enjoy driving along Heckscher Dr – a 30 mile stretch of road winding along the marshlands, coastal forests, and atop 9 bridges. Not only was there a gorgeous sunrise, but also a great reward at the end of the drive – a pair of Audi R8s (the V8 version is below).
Enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as a desktop wallpaper!