Five images of Birch Island Brook, Lincoln – Looking at the above image of Birch Island Brook, near Ice Pond, in Lincoln, New Hampshire you would never think there would be small picturesque waterfall along it. But you know the old saying, looks can be deceiving.
Over the years, I have explored numerous brooks in the White Mountains and have realized that the many of them have interesting features that offer unique photography opportunities. Birch Island Brook is an excellent example of this. And today I want to share a few scenes from along the brook with you.
Birch Island Brook is located in East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893-1948) territory. And artifacts from the railroad era can still be found along it. One of the more interesting artifacts is a small timber bridge in the area of Camp 7. If you look closely in the above scene, you can see the large spikes that hold the bridge together.
Continuing up Birch Island Brook you eventually come to an area that some refer to as Birch Island Brook Falls (above). These falls are located in a small, but interesting gorge. There are usually a lot of blowdowns along this section of the brook, which makes it a challenge to photograph the falls. The above scene is the best section of the falls, and they look incredible after heavy rains.
Just above Birch Island Brook Falls is another interesting cascade that is perfect for dipping your feet in. During the winter months (above) the snow cover makes for a peaceful winter scene. And during the summer months (below) moss covered rocks makes for a lush forest scene.
Some refer to this area as “Shangri-La”. It is unknown why the area was dubbed this, but there looks to have been a building, maybe a cabin, and possibly a dug well on a small knoll next to the brook. I have also found a wooden side arm bracket nailed to a tree, which suggests telegraph lines may have been in the area.
The natural beauty of Birch Island Brook makes it easy to create a pleasing photograph that showcases the landscape of the White Mountains. Even though the brook is located near the Black Pond Trail, nature lovers will find plenty of solitude along it.
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Happy image making..