A woman dressed in a white long-sleeved blouse and dark skirt poses with a solemn expression outside the Cathedral Woods in Intervale, New Hampshire. As she stands in front of the birch trees, she lowers her head and clasps her hands together in front of her waist as she is deep in thought. Surrounding the woman is an abundance of birch trees, which give the woods a timeless appearance.
The Cathedral Woods used to be a favored destination among both tourists and locals alike since the tall birch trees provided a cool, pleasant spot to take a stroll during the summer and were all-around quite beautiful. Unfortunately, the woods have been torn down in favor of residential development due to the ideal location and space that the land possessed. It seems that developers had always had their eyes on the land, as accounts of such interest date back to as early as 1883. Yet while the woods have long-since disappeared, its sense of beauty, mystery, and intrigue are well-preserved in photographs such as this one.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.