Rescheduled to Feb. 8

Winter photography in Hope

Feb 03, 2014
Georges River Land Trust’s Bentley easement on Hope’s Mansfield Pond will offer options for photographic exploration.

Hope — The Georges River Land Trust’s 2014 Revelry for the River 3 will continue Saturday, Feb. 8, with an opportunity to photograph one of the land trust’s winter wonderlands, followed by a warm lunch and a viewing of the photos with an accomplished photographer.

In 2004, Bill and Barbara Bentley donated a 54-acre easement on Mansfield Pond, and they are hosting a tour of this picturesque and diverse environment plus seasonal sustenance for 16 fellow photographers. The event, rescheduled from Feb. 1, will begin at 10 a.m.

Bill and Barbara Bentley are experienced outdoors enthusiasts and have generously offered the pond and its surroundings for recreational activity under the sponsorship of the land trust in the past. For this occasion, they are inviting photographers to don snowshoes, skis, hip boots, crampons or ice skates and take up digital cameras to explore the quiet and cold, light and shadows of midwinter for a very special photographic experience.

Upon return to the Bentleys’ cozy house, the group will enjoy a warm lunch of chowder, home brew and other seasonal fare. Photos taken during the outing will be viewed with Bill, an experienced photographer; the first eight sign-ups will have an opportunity to work in Photoshop with Bill to prepare and print an image of choice.

The tour is limited to 16 participants and the cost is $60, $50 for GRLT members. The tour is expected to be popular and sell out quickly. Tickets must be purchased in advance at or by calling 594-5166.

The George River Land Trust’s 2014 Revelry for the River 3 includes a full year of diverse activities. Next, on March 20, is a seaweed factory tour at FMC BioPolymer in Rockland, followed by a three-course cooking class, ragtime music and exclusive visits to lesser known watershed and coastal places — all showcasing the beauty of the St. George River watershed and continuing the celebration of the land trust’s conservation success in Midcoast Maine in its 27th year.

Organized in 1987, the Georges River Land Trust works to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education and outdoor experiences.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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