August – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Franconia Notch State Park from Eagle Cliff during the summer months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Franconia Notch – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Five images from the month of August – I have spent most of this month working the business side of photography, but did manage ten days in the field. I will not bore you with the business side details. I lucked out this month and scheduled all my shooting on perfect days. Most months I shoot in poor light conditions, so August has been a real treat.

Franconia Notch - Scenic view from the Mittersill - Cannon Trail on Mittersill Mountain in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Mittersill-Cannon Trail – Mittersill Mountain

I had the opportunity to hike the new Mittersill-Cannon Trail. The Mittersill Cannon Trail starts at the base of Mittersill Mountain. It follows access roads and ski trails up and over Mittersill Mountain to the summit of Cannon Mountain where it connects with the Kinsman Ridge Trail. Read how this trail came to be here.

Campton Falls on the Beebe River in Campton, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Campton Falls – Campton, New Hampshire

Spent one day shooting in Campton, Ellsworth and Waterville Valley. Campton Falls and Stepped Falls were the focus points. I also hiked Mt Tecumseh to photograph the unauthorized cutting happening on the summit.

Just above Stepped Falls on Brown Brook in Ellsworth, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Brown Brook – Ellsworth, New Hampshire

I photographed sections of railroad ties from the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad era along the Lincoln Woods Trail in Lincoln. The trail is temporary closed for six to eight weeks and only open on weekends while Forest Service repairs damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

Railroad ties from the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad along the Lincoln Woods Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This was a logging Railroad which operated from 1893 - 1948. The Lincoln Woods Trail was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. In August 2013, damage along the Lincoln Woods Trail will be repaired. More than likely these railroad ties will be buried so heavy equipment can travel up and down the trail. Burying the ties will help protect and preserve them.
Lincoln Woods Trail- Lincoln, New Hampshire

During the repairs, heavy equipment will be traveling the Lincoln Woods Trail. To prevent any damage to the historic railroad ties, they will be covered up with gravel. Covering them up will also help preserve the ties.

There is hope that the railroad ties will someday be exposed again so future generations can enjoy the historic side of the Lincoln Woods Trail. I suspect it will take a number of years of heavy foot traffic to expose the ties again. View more imagery from this month here.

Happy image making… 


Note: Every month I do a blog post showcasing five images I created during the month. They are intended to help you understand my lifestyle as a photographer. I am always interested in issues (good and bad) related to the White Mountains environment so feel free to send me an email. You can subscribe to my blog here.

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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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