August – New Hampshire White Mountains

August at Cook's Pasture along Diamond Ledge Road in Sandwich, New Hampshire during the summer months.
Cook's Pasture – Sandwich, New Hampshire
 

Five images from the month of August – This year August has been hot, hazy, and humid. We are currently still dealing with humid days here in the New Hampshire White Mountains, but forecasts are predicting some relief towards the end of the week. At this point, I am looking forward to the cool nights, and hopefully cool days, of October.

Here in the White Mountains locals have been talking about how busy the summer season has been this year. I can’t remember the last time I have seen so many people on the hiking trails, visiting the local attractions, and just out driving around enjoying life. And what stands out most is the number of people I have come across this summer who are just getting into hiking. Some are pursuing mountains on a hiking list (peak bagging) while others are just exploring the trails, either way, I think it is awesome people are exploring the trail system.

August at the Mead Conservation Center at the end of Diamond Ledge Road in Sandwich, New Hampshire. This is the site of the Lewis Q. Smith farmstead, a nineteenth century hill farm.
Mead Conservation Center – Sandwich, New Hampshire
 

Last month I spent time scouting locations in the town of Sandwich, and now this month I am actually shooting at the locations. I have spent a number of humid August days shooting around the Mead Conservation Center. The Mead Conservation Center (above) is the site of the Smith farmstead, a nineteenth century hill farm linked to the historic Sandwich Notch Road. The history attached to this farmstead would fill the pages of a book.

August along the Sandwich Notch Road, established in 1801, in Sandwich, New Hampshire. This section of road is referred to as “Winding Hill”.
Winding Hill – Sandwich Notch, New Hampshire
 

This month I continued to document the abandoned Sandwich Notch hill farm community along Sandwich Notch Road in Sandwich. The Notch community existed during the early nineteenth century, and by the turn of the twentieth century only one person remained in the Notch year round. It is hard to imagine the rocky terrain along the Notch Road was once open fields that the farmers worked and lived on.

The Atwood Place home site cellar hole along Sandwich Notch Road in Sandwich, New Hampshire. During the early nineteenth century, thirty to forty families lived (hill farm community) in the Notch. By 1860 only eight families lived in the Notch and by the turn of the twentieth century only one person, Moses Hall, lived in the Notch year around.
Atwood Place Cellar Hole – Sandwich, New Hampshire
 

Of the cellar holes I have documented along Sandwich Notch Road, the Atwood place cellar hole (above) is one of the better preserved ones. This crumbling cellar hole once provided life for a family, and today mother nature is reclaiming the land. When I document these sites, I often wonder what the nineteenth century farmers would say if they could see the current state of there farmsteads. I am sure the profanities would be flying.

Front cover of the 2016 New Hampshire wall calendar by ScenicNH Photography LLC | Erin Paul Donovan.
2016 New Hampshire Wall Calendar
 

Last month I shared with you the cover of my 2016 White Mountains calendar, and to end this blog article, I want to share with you the cover (above) of my other 2016 New Hampshire calendar. This calendar is focused on the entire state of New Hampshire, and I think it looks great. You can see both calendars here.

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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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