Standing in the middle of a dense forest full of birch trees, a middle-aged woman stands firmly as she poses for a photograph. As she stands perfectly still, she gently places her right hand beside her hip with her left hand positioned behind her back. She stares at the camera with a somber expression, and yet also displays the most delicate smile across her lips. The woman is dressed in a blazer that reaches slightly past her waist with a white collared blouse and long, belted skirt that reaches just above her feet. Surrounding her, the Cathedral Woods is abundantly decorated with verdant, leafy ferns and tall birch trees that reach towards the sky. Just like the woman in the photograph, the trees extend perfectly upright and have a certain refined aura about them; however, their stillness and size creates a certain eerie feeling about the forest as well.
Now only a memory, the Cathedral Woods was a forest full of birch trees in Intervale, New Hampshire and was known for the mysterious “Wizard Tree" of Intervale, or "The White Birch Tree." The Wizard Tree was located in the heart of Cathedral Woods and was quite different from the surrounding birch trees: it had long, gnarly branches that extended in every which direction and looked quite ominous, yet also captivating, around the birch trees. Visitors and locals alike strolled through the woods its glorious days to enjoy its lovely scenery and the fresh air.
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.