Perspective, Pemigewasset Wilderness

Perspective scene, the silhouette of hiker during a storm on Bondcliff Mountain in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Stormy Weather, Bondcliff – White Mountains, NH

Perspective, Pemigewasset Wilderness – One of the challenges of a photographer focused on the New England environment is finding a different perspective of locations that have been photographed thousands of times. I approach this issue by focusing on entire areas, such as the Pemigewasset Wilderness, and not just one popular location within the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The included photos show a perspective of the 45,000 acre Pemigewasset Wilderness you may have never seen.

The above shot of a hiker surrounded by storm clouds on New Hampshire's Bondcliff Mountain shows a side of the wilderness some don't see. Most photos from Bondcliff show the scenic landscape. And there is nothing wrong with this, but so many scenic shots exist that a stormy weather shot will make the viewer look twice. 

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Wetlands area along the Franconia Brook Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. The southern end of Owls Head is off in the distance. A spur line off the old East Branch & Lincoln Logging Railroad traveled through this area.
Pemi Wilderness- Wetlands Along Camp 9 Brook

The above wetlands area was once the site of Camp 9, a logging camp of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad. This area is also the start of a spur line of the railroad that traveled towards Franconia Brook. Beaver activity over the years has flooded this section of Camp 9 Brook turning it into wetlands. 

Pemigewasset Wilderness -  Artifacts (rusted file) along an abandoned sled road deep in the wilderness in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. The sled road was used by teamsters to drag logs down from high on the mountains to the rails of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad. The East Branch and Lincoln Railroad was a logging Railroad which operated from 1893 - 1948.
Pemigewasset Wilderness – Rusted file (artifacts)

The Pemigewasset Wilderness was victim to 19th and 20th century logging practices. Now in the 21st century, it is a designated wilderness area and forever protected from human impact. Artifacts from the logging era are scattered throughout the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The rusted file (above) is along an abandoned sled road deep in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Teamsters used sled roads to drag logs down from high on the mountains to the EB&L Railroad

Northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) forest in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA.
Northern White Cedar – Pemi East Trail

The Pemi East Trail, which travels along the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, has some of the largest northern white cedar trees I have ever seen in the White Mountains. These cedar trees are a unique feature of the Pemigewasset Wilderness.

Winter hiker crossing footbridge at North Fork Junction, which spans the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River along the Thoreau Falls Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. The Bond mountain range can be seen in the background. Just beyond this bridge was the location of a wooden trestle along the old East Branch & Lincoln logging railroad which operated from 1893 - 1948
North Fork Junction – White Mountains, NH

When photographing New Hampshire's White Mountains region, I try to focus on an entire area of the region, not just one popular area within it. Working this way has allowed me to build an extensive image archive that is beneficial to my everyday photography business operations.

To license any of the above images for usage in publications, click on the image. And you can view more image of the Pemigewasset Wilderness here.

Happy image making..


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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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