May – New Hampshire White Mountains

Bridesmaid Falls in Franconia, New Hampshire USA during the spring month of May. These falls are located on Meadow Brook, and are also known as Noble Falls
Bridesmaid (Noble) Falls – Franconia, New Hampshire
 

May, White Mountains – Here in the New Hampshire White Mountains warm weather has finally arrived, and lawns are being mowed again. May is a great time to explore and photograph the many waterfalls in the White Mountains. The waterfalls included in this blog article are nothing more than small brooks during most months, but during spring snowmelt and after heavy rains they become interesting photo subjects.

This month, I spent a few days shooting in the Benton, Easton, Franconia and Landaff area of New Hampshire. I have had a great time photographing a few new locations. A photographer with an open mind will enjoy the many photo opportunities in this area. I also spent three days in the northern portion of the state but have yet to edit the imagery from these days.

Plimpton Falls in Franconia, New Hampshire USA during the spring months. These falls are located on Meadow Brook.
Plimpton Falls – Franconia, New Hampshire
 

Earlier in the month, when in Franconia, my days were spent shooting in the area around Plimpton Falls and Bridesmaid (Noble) Falls, and one very rainy morning at Bridal Veil Falls. Both Plimpton Falls and Bridesmaid Falls (above) looked awesome on my visit! These waterfalls are not that far off the beaten path and are worthy of a visit after heavy rains. Just keep in mind this area is a little rugged, and some care needs to be given when exploring the falls and brook.

Blue Ravine Cascades, located along a tributary of the Wild Ammonoosuc River, on the side of Mt. Blue in Kinsman Notch of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the spring months.
Blue Ravine Cascades – Benton, New Hampshire
 

When in Benton, I spent one day along a tributary of the Wild Ammonoosuc River, on the side of Mount Blue, photographing a series of cascades that is believed to be Blue Ravine Cascades (above & below). These cascades are in a small gorge, and when the water is high they are very picturesque.

Blue Ravine Cascades, located along a tributary of the Wild Ammonoosuc River, on the side of Mt. Blue in Kinsman Notch of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the spring months.
Blue Ravine Cascades – Benton, New Hampshire
 

I had intended to spend a day in the Pemigewasset Wilderness photographing a few unnamed cascades, but when I parked at the Zealand Trailhead I realized I forgot my water shoes. In order to reach the cascades, I had to cross a river and it would not be possible without water shoes so I changed my plans, and spent a few hours photographing the original Zealand Falls (below). Considered forgotten, but only minutes from a road.

The original Zealand Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire USA during the spring months. These falls are located along the Zealand River.
The Original Zealand Falls – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Over the last few weeks, the brooks and rivers in the White Mountains have been slowly dropping back down to normal levels. And with summer knocking at the door, we can only hope for a few rain storms over the summer to get the waterfalls roaring again. It has been a great month!

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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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