Photography Workshop for Women – 2013

A video commemorating the first Maine Woods Photography Workshop for Women held in the Katahdin Region of Maine. Eight women wildlife and nature photographers combined a relaxing Maine vacation with a creative learning experience photographing the amazing wildlife and spectacular landscapes the Katahdin Region is noted for including its majestic Moose.

Finally, and I do mean finally, as it is something that we have wanted to do for several years; we held our very first Mark Picard sponsored Wildlife Photography Workshop for Women this summer at the New England Outdoor Center’s Twin Pine Camps.

Five of the eight women participants traveled to the Katahdin Region from the western states of Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. One hailed from Connecticut and the other two traveled I-95 North from Southern Maine.

They photographed the region’s landscapes and wildlife on the water from kayaks and pontoon boat, as well as photographed and toured by van. It was a fun group to lead as they enthusiastically photographed all manner of wildlife including Maine’s majestic Moose, nesting snapping turtles, white-tailed deer, butterflies, dragon flies, Loons and diving ducks as well as a number of nesting birds and warblers.

The weather was near perfect and as usual for June, the Moose were plentiful. As for wildflowers and macro opportunities, Bunchberry, Twin Flower, and Hawk Weed were prevalent with a few Pink and also White (variant) Lady Slippers still hanging about.

Sunrises and sunsets were dramatic each day with a tribute on the Summer Solstice to one of the earliest artist’s to visit the Katahdin Region, Fredrick Church. A visit to his historic cabin “Rhodora” on Millinocket Lake to photograph the setting sun below the Katahdin Range was the cultural highlight of the workshop, if you don’t count the food! The region’s logging history was also woven into the weekend as the group photographed several of the rivers, gorges, and falls that once served as bi-ways for the river log-drives of a bygone era.

Did I say we had fun? We did, but I have to say, I think the funniest part of the weekend was when our New Mexico gal decided to climb a tree to get a better look at a Moose feeding in the stream below as Speckled Alder obscured the view! Only seconds after announcing she wanted to climb a very large pine tree she was 15 feet in the air. Apparently she does a lot of rock wall climbing as a hobbyist and the skill set is the same. And really, who does not want to both see a Moose and do some climbing when vacationing in the Katahdin Region of the Pine Tree State?