Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cape Split Maine: Inspiring Natural Beauty

Cape Split, in Addison, Maine was the home and artistic inspiration for famous American Artist John Marin. 

John Marin's home and studio are still there and can be visited during Addison's Meet the Artist Day each summer.
Here is one of his paintings done on 1937

Colby College, in Waterville, Maine has a wonderful collection of John's work

As it looks today....much the same as when Marin painted here.

This part of the Maine Coast is protected by several land trusts.

Common Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum)

Rockweed closeup...note air bladders.

Green Sea Urchin (Stronglycentrotus drobachiensis)

Granite with inclusions.  Lots of glacial deposits along the Maine Coast.

Sea Lettuce (Ulva lactuca)

Japanese Rose Hip (Rosa rugosa).  Makes great tea with lots of vitamin C.

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

White Rosa rugosa

Garden Orb Weaver (Areneus sp)

Phlox sp?

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Getting some inspiration.


  1. awesome shots stevie---great to look at with everything up here covered with snow!

  2. Great pictures! I grew up there. Each of the photos was my "playground".........Bernies Beach; Riebers Beach; Giants Chair (Rock); Brett's Cove; and Mary Looks Point with a little luck they'll stay like that for many more years!

    Todd Thompson

  3. Terriffic photos! I really like the variety...driftwood, the young little's thought provoking yet easy to view Thank you.

  4. Excellent pictures! I am the great grandson of Susie Wass Thompson who was a well known painter who lived on Cape Split in Addison ME. I was named after her husband (my great grandfather), William Thompson. I believe she knew John Marin well. I spent endless summers visiting my grandparents there and my father now owns the home in which my grandfather (son of Susie Thompson) was born and died. That home was built from the wood of a disassembled sail boat in 1894! I too spent a lot of time on the playgrounds of Bernie's beach, the giant's chair, etc just as my cousin Todd mentioned above. Cape Split is a magical place and very special as it hold the memories, hearts and bones of many of my relatives.

    William R. Thompson

    1. My mother comes from the Wass side (her father Raymond C. Wass grew up in Addison) and Susie is somehow related. My mother painted as well. Susie was a student of John Marin. They were close. When he died, he left her his brushes. She was also the first female artist to have her own show at U Maine. It was, according to my mother, a big deal. I should visit Cape Split sometime. My dad wrote a musical about it with Susie as the main character. Nothing ever came of it, but it was about her and your grandfather apparently!

      Betsey Cox-Buteau

  5. I have only been in the area 46 years, but I met Susie Wass Thompson, and am currently friends with Kenny, Billy,

  6. I will never get enough of Cape Split. My great grandparents lived there< Phoebe and Neal Plummer. Great Grandpa was a lobster fisherman. Virginia Plummer Chase is my mom. We visited Susie Thompson and she made the best!!! molasses cookies! Time has never touched Cape Split. Sitting on the rocks...the icy winds blowing in my face would freeze my other place I've ever been has been like that. Cape Split will always be close to my heart.