Reflections on Acadia, October 9, 1994
(From David Halpern’s journal)
There is poetry in these Acadian woods
And beauty wherever I walk;
In the wind through golden branches
On the Bubbles above Jordan Pond;
In footsteps hard on granite slabs and boulders;
In the excited laughter of children
Exploring the graceful arch of Cobblestone Bridge;
In gently falling streams
And waves softly lapping the shores of Bubble Pond.
I set up my camera on Hadlock Brook
And from overhead come challenges
From two birds I can’t identify.
A squirrel eyes me cautiously with a single chirp
And darts into a hole in the stream bank.
Cautiously, I step onto a wet streamside trail
And there comes a shallow sucking sound,
Twigs snap under foot and
As I climb across a fallen tree trunk
There’s a warm hollow thump.
Alone I stop to look about me
And even the wind rests for a moment.
There are lyrics in multi-colored leaves
Flickering bright red and green and Cadmium yellow
In the Brilliant Morning sun,
And in the blowing fog coming over Conners Nubble
to descend on Eagle Lake;
In birch trunks shining white on a nearby ridge;
In sun dappled rocks tumbling
Down from Granite summits.
There is poetry in these Acadian woods.
It says stay a while,
Though you might be lured to the surrounding sea.
I had been to Acadia before, but not in the fall. I had thought I might spend most of my month roaming the coastal rocks and beaches, but that was before I saw the fall color. (Now I prefer to travel without preconceptions.) Even for a photographer whose preferences trend toward monochromatic images, the Acadian woods can be overwhelming in October. This is a very special place and Mr. Rockefeller’s Bridges and roads became my principal subjects, though it’s impossible to ignore the sea.
– David Halpern, 2018
For more than 65 years David Halpern, driven by his love of nature, has photographed the American landscape. He’s had more than 50 one-man shows in museums and galleries throughout the country and has served as a National Park artist-in-residence thirteen times.
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