A POND IN MAINE
UPPER HADLOCK POND, ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
It seems unreasonable that anything in a reasonably large pond in a very large national park could be thought of as hidden. Yet if one is inclined to stare as one drives around, especially by not looking at the scenery one is accustomed to seeing, one may uncover all kinds of surprises.
Upper Hadlock Pond is a perfect example. In the years I photographed I met other photographers only once and that was one Saturday afternoon at this pond. However, everyone in the small group had their cameras trained on the colorful mountain sides on the other side of the pond.
However, at the very edge of the pond, a few feet from the road there was perhaps 200 feet of reeds with waterlilies mixed in. This area was unique among all those that I had photographed in the variety of images on any given day, and the changing but ever-present beauty from year to year. It is one of the most satisfying places I have ever photographed.