Scenes of February, White Mountains

Lincoln Woods Trail in Lincoln New Hampshire USA during the winter months, after a snow storm. This trail follows the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad.
Lincoln Woods Trail – Lincoln New Hampshire
 

Scenes of February, White Mountains – With schools taking winter break (February vacation) this month, the White Mountains of New Hampshire have been very busy. Many families visit the region to ski, explore the trails and to get away from the city life. Downtown Lincoln has been a zoo the last few weeks.

Every month I do a blog post showcasing five images I created during the month. They're intended to help you understand my lifestyle as a photographer and to show the range of imagery I have on file.

Lincoln Woods Trail in Lincoln New Hampshire USA during the winter months, after a snow storm. This trail follows the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad.
Lincoln Woods Trail – Lincoln New Hampshire
 

Much like January, February has had interesting weather. We have had lots of snow this month in the White Mountains. The forests look incredible covered in fresh snow!

Birch tree in Kinsman Notch of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the winter months.
Kinsman Notch – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

I spent a day in Kinsman Notch, along the Appalachian Trail, photographing forest scenes. Kinsman Notch has pockets of interesting old yellow birches and weather damaged trees. The amount of storm damaged trees in the White Mountains is staggering. The next time you are hiking a trail take note to all the snapped trees.

Snapped birch tree in Kinsman Notch of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the winter months.
Snapped Tree – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

One of the many subjects I will be focusing on this year is forests, so I'm excited to add these new images to the forest disturbances gallery of the image archive. Even though they are not dramatic landscapes of the White Mountains they will be beneficial to have on file for future usage.

February 2014 - Scenic view from the summit of Mount Tecumseh in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire USA during the  winter months. View shedding (unauthorized cutting) has improved the summit view. Forest Service has verified the cutting is unauthorized.
Mt Tecumseh – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
 

I spent part of February recovering from an injury so my time in the field was very limited. I did manage to hike Mount Tecumseh in Waterville Valley. Tecumseh is still one of my favorite easy hikes in the White Mountains. The snow cover is excellent in the Waterville Valley area.

My last blog post on the Russell snow plow in Bartlett had me thinking about how important it is to preserve the White Mountains for future generations. I hope today's children get to enjoy the forests you and I play in every day. To view more images from this month see the new images gallery.

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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