Windy Weather, White Mountains

Windy conditions cause snow and clouds to blow across the mountains from the summit of Mount Tecumseh in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire USA during the winter months.
Windy Conditions – Mt Tecumseh, White Mountains
 

Windy Weather, White Mountains – As an environmental photographer, I try to document every aspect of nature that is interesting. I also try to think out of the box and create images that will be beneficial to have on file for future use. Weather related images are always in demand and are good to have on file.

I find it a challenge to create images that showcase the power of wind, winter and nature. To create a great image that includes these three elements everything has to line up perfectly, and most times they don’t. Being in the right place at the right time does help, but this means shooting in less than ideal conditions and my camera gear does take a beaten.

A winter hiker ascends the Airline Trail in extreme weather conditions during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA.
Winter Hiker – Airline Trail, White Mountains
 

Above, a hiker ascends the Airline Trail along Durand Ridge in the Presidential Range during extreme weather conditions. Strong winds cause snow to blow across the open ridge. Including the hiker helps showcase the windy conditions in the alpine zone. Without the hiker, this might be a boring scene or less interesting.

A winter hiker heading north on the Appalachian Trail in extreme weather conditions during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. Mount Madison is in the background.
Appalachian Trail – Mount Madison, White Mountains
 

Above, a winter hiker on the Appalachian Trail near Mount Adams fights to keep his balance in 40 mile per hour winds. Mount Madison is in the background. I love this scene because of the way the snow is blowing off the summit of Mount Madison and blowing across the trail in the foreground. And yet it is a very simple scene.

Appalachian Trail - Extreme weather conditions along Crawford Path in the Presidential Range during the winter months. Located in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. Mount Washington is off in the distance.
Blowing Snow – Crawford Path, White Mountains
 

Above, strong winds blow snow across the alpine zone along Crawford Path (Appalachian Trail) near Lakes of the Clouds. One of the easiest ways to show windy conditions in a scene is to photograph snow blowing over mountain tops (above & below images). The ending result is usually an interesting winter scene.

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.
The Bowl – Tuckerman Ravine, White Mountains
 

Above, strong winds blow snow through Tuckerman Ravine and over the eastern slopes of Mt Washington. On bad weather days, Tuckerman Ravine is a great place to create weather related images.

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 of windy conditions here.

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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4 Responses to “Windy Weather, White Mountains”

  1. Jessica @ Green Global Travel

    Great photos! You've definitely managed to capture the powerful winter winds in these pictures. I absolutely love the second photo– I definitely agree that the hiker adds so much more to this scene. Wonderful work!

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    • Erin Paul Donovan

      Thank you Jessica! I wanted to show how crazy winter weather in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains is. And I thought the best way to do this was to include a hiker in the scene. If the hiker was not in the scene, I don’t think the image would have much impact.

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