If this bridge looks familiar to you, this is because the Somesville Bridge is both a popular tourist spot and one of the most photographed and artistically captured bridges here in Maine. As residents and photographers ourselves, it was only natural that we would eventually make our way to the area. The bridge is located in the delightful Village of Somesville on Mount Desert Island. The museum and gardens on the site are maintained by the Mount Desert Historical Society. On this particular day, we were on our way to Acadia National Park and this was a must-stop spot for a wonderful photography opportunity.
If you have ever seen photographs or artistic images of this bridge, you may have taken note of the picturesque quality of the bridge in its setting. My personal favorites are of the photographs taken during the peak fall season and when the bridge and the surrounding area is covered in snow. During the holidays, there is a holiday wreath placed in the middle of the bridge, making for a quintessential New England scene. Unfortunately, by the time we were able to travel to the area, the beautiful foliage of the fall had disappeared and it was too early for the holiday season. Even though this was the case, I believe I was able to capture a few nice photographs from that day. The weather was cooperative and I think the nice lighting had worked in my favor.
The Somesville Museum & Gardens overlooks the ancient mill pond.
The Somesville Museum was constructed in 1981 and provides information about the history of the island and education about the flowering plants and herbs in the area.
Information located in the garden pertaining to the linking of oceans, rivers, and lakes.
The site also has a beautiful heirloom garden that is open from late May through October. There is no admission fee to the site, but donations are welcomed.
The sun shining over the picturesque bridge.
The bridge leads to the 18th century Selectmen’s Building.
The Somesville Bridge sits on the west side of Route 102 south of the intersection of Routes 233 and 3.
A favorite angle among artists and photographers of the popular arched walking bridge reflected in the water.
The Somesville Library is located across the street, behind the mill pond and overlooks Somes Sound. Here is a beautiful view of the library from that day. The library is on the left side of the photograph. I enjoyed this beautiful fall view and the blue skies reflecting off of the water.
This was our first stop of the day and then we made our way to Acadia. I hope you enjoyed these photographs and I will be adding more soon from our day on the coast.