Scenes of November, White Mountains

Roaring River Memorial Nature Trail at the Flume Visitor Center in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA
Roaring River Memorial Nature Trail – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Scenes of November, White Mountains – It is hard to believe November is almost in the books. The autumn shooting season is officially done here in the New Hampshire White Mountains, and winter is knocking at the door.

I find November to be one of the stranger months in the photography industry. As the holidays approach, the photo industry slows down some. Publishing companies will be shutting down for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Though the industry slow downs, I am busier than ever shipping out calendar orders and doing behind the scenes work. I am also planning for the 2014 season. Like I said, strange time of year.

Franconia Notch State Park - The Pemigewasset River near the "The Basin" viewing area in Lincoln, New Hampshire
Pemi River – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

We have been getting snow here in the White Mountains, which has made for some great snow scenes. I spent a morning shooting forest landscapes in Franconia Notch State Park. Franconia Notch is very peaceful when the landscape is snow covered.

Waterfall along Birch Island Brook in  Lincoln, New Hampshire
Birch Island Brook – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

A stretch of heavy rain in November made the waterfalls look incredible for a few days. I spent one afternoon shooting in the Birch Island Brook drainage (off Black Pond Trail). Birch Island Brook has an awesome series of cascades. Problem with this brook is its littered with blow downs making it a challenge to create imagery.

Black Pond on the side of Black Pond Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire
Black Pond – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

I was back in the Pemigewasset Wilderness photographing sections of the abandoned East Branch & Lincoln Railroad. Built by timber baron J.E. Henry, the East Branch & Lincoln was a logging railroad in operation from 1893–1948. Remnants of the railroad can still be found along the trails of the Pemi.

Trestle abutment at the Redrock Brook crossing along Franconia Brook Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of New Hampshire.
Redrock Brook – Franconia Brook Trail, New Hampshire
 

In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused massive destruction throughout the White Mountains. Many historical artifacts linked to the 20th century logging era were destroyed during the storm. Above is how the Redrock Brook trestle abutment looks today. See what it looked like in 2009 before Tropical Storm Irene here

2014 White Mountains, New Hampshire Calendar by ScenicNH Photography LLC | Erin Paul Donovan.
2014 White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

With the end of November here, its a good chance next months blog post will have all winter images. The winter season is my favorite time of year to photograph the White Mountains. November is also a good time to read up on winter camera gear protection.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in, and do not forget to grab your White Mountains New Hampshire calendar. It will make a great Christmas gift for any family member who hikes or loves the White Mountains.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone


 

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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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