Winter, White Mountains

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

Winter, White Mountains – It is that time of year when we can expect snow any day in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Daytime temps have been on the cool side, and rime ice can already be found at the higher elevations. I suspect my hike to Mt Tecumseh in October was my last snow free summit until the spring season.

A fresh coating of snow transforms the White Mountains into a breathtaking landscape. And you do not have to travel far off the beaten path to find beautiful winter scenes. Included in this blog post are a few locations that are easily accessible (for the most part) during the winter. They may give you some ideas when planning your photo adventures this winter.

The Forest Discovery Trail in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire USA during the winter months. This trail is a living classroom in ecological management.
Forest Discovery Trail – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

The landscape along the Kancamagus Highway is beautiful during the winter months. Many of the parking lots along the Kancamagus Highway are not plowed during the winter, but the ones that are offer great photo opportunities. The Forest Discovery Trail (above), on the Lincoln side, has a great backdrop of the mountains. More than likely you will need snowshoes to explore this area.

Franconia Notch State Park from Artists Bluff in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Artists Bluff – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

If you are looking for a big landscape scene, but are not interested in hiking ten miles, Artists Bluff (above) may be the answer. The view of Cannon Mountain is excellent from Artists Bluff! The hike to Artists Bluff is only about twenty minutes, but some care does need to be given because the trail can be very icy during the winter.

Franconia Notch State Park - Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge during the winter months. It is a footbridge which crosses over the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

A covered bridge covered in snow is the perfect New England scene, and that is why I am recommending the Sentinel Pine covered bridge in Franconia Notch. This area is usually very icy during the winter and spring months so extra caution needs to be given. Bring some form of traction with you. An image similar to the above one can be found in the 2015 White Mountains New Hampshire calendar. You can view and purchase it here.

Mount Washington - Tuckerman Ravine in extreme weather conditions during winter months. Located in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. Strong winds cause snow to blow across the mountain tops.
Tuckerman Ravine – Mt Washington, New Hampshire
 

If you are looking for a little excitement while you are creating winter images, Tuckerman Ravine is the place to be. The weather is wild, lots of friendly and happy people, endless photo opportunities, and you will witness some crazy skiers. Spend time in the bowl area if you are looking for fun!

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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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