Swift River, New Hampshire

Swift River during the summer months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Swift River – White Mountains, New Hampshire Summer
 

Swift River, White Mountains – Living in the White Mountains of New Hampshire I have the benefit of being able to photograph locations during all four seasons. One area of the White Mountains I have photographed in every season is the Swift River along the Kancamagus Scenic Bypass.

When building an image archive, photographing locations in every season can be beneficial, but photographers must keep in mind that building a successful image archive involves photographing new locations and scenes, not photographing the some scene over and over.

Fly fishing along the Swift River in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Swift River – White Mountains, New Hampshire Late Spring / Early Summer
 

I have always thought of the Swift River as being the perfect "White Mountains" river. On any given day you can find groups of people canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming and sunbathing on the river. There really is something for everyone to enjoy along this river!  

Reflection of autumn colors along the Swift River, which is located next to the Kancamagus Highway (route 112) in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Swift River – White Mountains, New Hampshire Autumn
 

Much of the river travels along the Kancamagus Highway and can be easily accessed without problems. The only exception is during the winter months when snow depths are high. Snowshoes will be needed to reach some parts of the river, but the scenes are worth it.

Swift River during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This area was part of the Swift River Railroad, which was an logging railroad in operation from 1906 - 1916. Mount Passaconaway is off in the distance.
Swift River – White Mountains, New Hampshire Winter
 

There are a few excellent vantage points along the Swift River where mountain scenes can be captured. I really love the view of Mount Passaconaway with Swift River in the foreground.

Kayaker going over Lower Falls along the Swift River during the spring months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Swift River – White Mountains, New Hampshire Spring
 

I stated at the beginning of this blog post that photographing new locations is essential when building an image archive. If you insist on shooting the same areas over and over I suggest looking at locations with an open mind. The more you study an area the more photo subjects you will find. View more images of the Swift River 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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