October – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Wildlife Pond in Bethlehem, New Hampshire USA during the autumn months.
Wildlife Pond – Bethlehem, New Hampshire
 

Five images from the month of October– In the New England region, October is all about autumn foliage. Photographers and tourists flock to the area to view the breathtaking foliage that takes over the region.

October is my busiest month of the year. Much of my time is spent traveling to photograph the foliage. The autumn foliage looked incredible this year, but peak foliage only lasted a few days in the mountains region. I'm always amazed at how fast the foliage season comes and goes.

Ledge Brook in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the autumn months. This brook is located off of the Kancamagus Scenic Byway.
Ledge Brook – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

I photographed a few locations this year that have eluded me in the past. The above image of Ledge Brook being one of them. The last few times I have visited this location during the autumn months it was pass peak. This year it looked great!

October 2013 - Pemigewasset Wilderness, site of the 180 foot suspension bridge that once crossed the East Branch of Pemigewasset River along the Wilderness Trail at the Trestle 17 location (East Branch & Lincoln Railroad) in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. The bridge was removed in 2009 because of public safety issues and these remains are slowly being removed from the wilderness area. Per the Wilderness Act, only non-motorized hand tools can be used to cut these support beams.
October 2013, Suspension Bridge Debris Site – Pemi Wilderness
 

I hiked into the Pemigewasset Wilderness to photograph the debris site of the 180 foot suspension bridge. The foot bridge crossed the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River and was removed in 2009 because of safety issues. Numerous problems made the debris removal a very long process. 

From what I can see, all the debris from the suspension bridge removal project has been removed out of the wilderness. You can view the progression of debris removal over the last 3 years in a slideshow here. Some debris (small amount) does remain at the Black Brook bridge site, which was also part of this project.

Stone profiles in foggy conditions along the Appalachian Trail (Franconia Ridge Trail) south of Mt Lincoln in an area referred to as the gargoyles in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
The Gargoyles – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

I took a day off from shooting to hike the classic Franconia Ridge loop hike with a friend. We did the loop via Falling Waters, Franconia Ridge, and Greenleaf Trail and the Old Bridle Path. There is an outcrop near Mt Lincoln referred to as the "gargoyles". I have hiked this loop 75-100 times and never knew there actually is gargoyle profiles. Pretty cool to see them!

Trail crews have made great attempts to protect the fragile alpine vegetation along Franconia Ridge. The stonework along the trail is of quality and very impressive. Hats off to the ones responsible for the work.

Gale River in Franconia, New Hampshire USA during the autumn months.
Gale River – Franconia, New Hampshire
 

As October comes to an end and I start to prepare for the month of November I think about winter. Many seem to feel we are going to have a great winter with lots of snow here in the White Mountains. I hope so! View more imagery from the month of October here.

Dusting of snow along Tripoli Road in Livermore, New Hampshire USA during the autumn months.
Tripoli Road – Livermore, New Hampshire
 

Bonus Image: Some areas of the White Mountains were treated to a dusting of snow in October. Its that time of year when the weather is very unpredicatble. 

Don't forget to grab a 2014 White Mountains calendar (below) before the sale ends. Sometime in November it will be back to regular price of $12.95.

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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