June, New Hampshire White Mountains

Scenic view from the Nubble (Haystack Mountain) in Bethlehem, New Hampshire USA during the spring months.
The Nubble (Haystack Mountain) – Bethlehem, New Hampshire
 

June, New Hampshire White Mountains – How do I know it is June in the White Mountains of New Hampshire? The bugs are out in full force, and man are they bad this year! I have many images from this month that have bug blur. Bug blur has the tendency to ruin images! I won't bore you with bug stories.

During the month of June a number of exciting events happen in the White Mountains region. One of the bigger events is the Annual Celebration of Lupines in Sugar Hill. Every year I try to spend half a day around the Sugar Hill area shooting lupine. Bike Week is also held this month and draws many bikers to the White Mountains. If you have never been on Mt Washington during bike week its worth checking out.

Hiker crossing the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of Lincoln, New Hampshire.
East Branch of the Pemigewasset River – Pemi Wilderness, New Hampshire
 

I spent a day this month in the Pemigewasset Wilderness testing out the new rotation180° Panorama backpack by MindShift. The Panorama backpack is a smaller version of the rotation180° Professional backpack that I have been using since it first became available to the public, via a kickstarter campaign, in 2013. The above image is of me wearing the Panorama backpack while crossing the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River.

The rotation180° Panorama feels great, and I am very impressed with the amount of gear I can actually carry in it. No question it will be my go to camera backpack for days I want to travel light.

Mount Washington from Caps Ridge Trail in Thompson and Meserves Purchase, New Hampshire USA during the spring months.
Caps Ridge Trail – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

The alpine flowers on Mt Washington bloom in June. Many visiting New Hampshire will hike or drive up Mt Washington to view the alpine flowers that line the trails on Mt Washington. Some of these alpine flowers are rare and only grow in the alpine zones of New Hampshire! I hiked Mount Jefferson one day this month and was able to enjoy the alpine flowers. Above is the view from Caps Ridge Trail, which leads to Mount Jefferson.

East Branch of the Pemigewasset River during the spring months from along the Riverwalk Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Riverwalk Trail – Lincoln, New Hampshire
 

Another event that takes place in June is Nature Photography Day. Nature Photography Day was created in 2006 by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). It is an annual event intended to promote conservation and the enjoyment of nature photography. I spent a couple hours on this day shooting along the Riverwalk Trail in Lincoln. Some great views (above) can be found along this trail.

Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge - Cherry Mountain from Moorhen Marsh along the Presidential Range Rail Trail / Cohos Trail in Jefferson, New Hampshire USA during the spring months.
Cherry Mountain – Moorhen Marsh, Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
 

I made an early morning visit to Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson, New Hampshire. The reflection of Cherry Mountain in Moorhen Marsh is excellent! I have said it once and I will say it again, Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge is incredible! Make it a point to visit this refuge if you are planning a vacation to the White Mountains region. See the new images gallery for more images from the month of June.

I want to end this post by pointing you in the direction of my 2015 White Mountains New Hampshire calendar that is now available for purchase 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.

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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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