November, White Mountains

View from a pulloff along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112) in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during a cloudy day day in November.
Cloudy Day – Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
 

November, White Mountains – Here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire November is known for cloudy and overcast days. And we have had many clouds days this month! We also had a stretch of very cold weather, but as I type this it is 55 degrees out. How can you not love New England weather!

November is an interesting time of year in the White Mountains. Most of the tourists have disappeared, and the area is quiet until the ski areas open for the season. You will find many photographers refer to this month as “shoulder season” which just means the conditions are less than ideal to create pleasing imagery. Personally, I love the challenge of trying to create images during this month.

Franconia Notch State Park - Franconia Bike Path near Echo Lake in Franconia, New Hampshire USA during the month of November after a dusting of snow.
Franconia Bike Path – Franconia, New Hampshire
 

November usually means snow, and we did get some this month. Not much, but just enough to transform the landscape into a winter wonderland for a day or two. Unfortunately, it melted rather quickly, and we now have bare ground in most areas of the White Mountains.

Abandoned bus in the forest of Hastings, Maine during the autumn months. This area was part of the Wild River Railroad, which was a logging railroad in operation from 1891 - 1904.
Abandoned Bus – Hastings, Maine
 

I spent three days shooting in the Grafton Notch area of Maine. On my way to Grafton Notch, I spent half a day exploring Evans Notch and parts of the old Wild River Railroad (1891 – 1904). I unexpectedly stumbled across this abandoned bus (above) in Hastings. I would love to know the story behind how it got to this location.

Moose Cave Gorge in Grafton Notch State Park in Newry, Maine USA during the autumn months.
Moose Cave Gorge – Grafton Notch State Park, Maine
 

This month I started documenting the tributaries of the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Kinsman Notch. The first unnamed brook I explored had some great cascades (below) along it. I had no intentions of starting this mini project until spring, but I had to take advantage of the many overcast days we have had this month.

Tributary of the Wild Ammonoosuc River on the side of Mt. Blue in Kinsman Notch of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the autumn months.
Tributary of the Wild Ammonoosuc River – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

As November winds down I want to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Be safe, and try to convince one of your family members to explore nature with you during the holidays. The holidays are a great time of year to introduce someone to the great outdoors.

If you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone who enjoys the New Hampshire landscape, consider my White Mountains, New Hampshire calendar here. All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in, and you can view more images from the month of October 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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