Wetlands, White Mountains

Pemigewasset Wilderness -  Wetlands area along an old sled road off the old East Branch & Lincoln Logging Railroad in the Shoal Pond Valley of Lincoln, New Hampshire. The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad was a logging railroad that operated from 1893 - 1948.
Shoal Pond Valley – Pemigewasset Wilderness, New Hampshire

Wetlands, White Mountains – As a photographer, who photographs the environment, I love the diversity of subject matter the New Hampshire White Mountains offers. One day I am photographing mountain landscapes, the next day abandoned historical sites, the next day human impact and the next day beautiful wetland areas. There really is no shortage of subject matter here in the White Mountains.

When most think of the White Mountains, they envision beautiful mountain ranges and not wetlands. Today, I want to share with you a few images of picturesque wetland areas in the White Mountains. I find the landscape of a wetlands area to be very interesting, and some of them hold secrets to the past. If you’re photographer looking for new subject matter to shoot, maybe these images will give you some ideas.

Peatland community near Church Pond in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA.  This area is referred to as "the bog" and was part of the Swift River Railroad era, which was an logging railroad in operation from 1906 - 1916. Mount Chocorua is way off in the distance.
"The Bog" – White Mountains, New Hampshire

The wetlands area in the above photo, near Church Pond, is referred to as "the bog”. It offers a great view of Mount Chocorua, and this area was part of the Swift River Railroad (1906-1916). During most seasons you can’t get near this area because it is very wet. But during the winter months, when there is lots of snow, you can snowshoe parts of it.

Wetlands area during the autumn months along the Sawyer River Trail in Livermore, New Hampshire USA. The Sawyer River Trail travels along the old Sawyer River Railroad logging line. Mount Carrigain can be seen in the background.
Sawyer River Valley – Livermore, New Hampshire

Just off the Sawyer River Trail in Livermore is a wetlands area (above) that has an excellent view of Mount Carrigain. This area was part of the Sawyer River Railroad (1877-1928) and is not to far from Camp 2. I find the autumn season to be the most interesting time to visit this area.

Wetlands area deep in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the New Hampshire White Mountains USA. Railroad track from a spur line of the East Branch & Lincoln logging Railroad (1893-1948) is submerged in this swamp.
Thoreau Falls Valley – Pemigewasset Wilderness, New Hampshire

The swamp above deep in the Pemigewasset Wilderness holds a secret to the past. Railroad track from a spur line of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893-1948) is submerged in this swamp. One year, this swamp was bone dry, and I was able to see and walk the entire section of submerged railroad track. If you look closely in the above image, you can see some of the track in the foreground.

Sandwich Wilderness - Wetlands area along Flat Mountain Pond Trail in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. This trail follows the old Beebe River Railroad line and this area was referred to as the "Horseshoe", which was a very sharp turn along the railroad.
Flat Mountain Pond Trail – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Along the Flat Mountain Pond Trail is the above wetlands. The Flat Mountain Pond Trail utilizes the old railroad bed of the Beebe River Railroad (1917-1942). And this wetlands area, near the “Great Horseshoe Curve”, was likely the site of Camp 9. Camp artifacts scattered in the wetlands supports this.

Possibly the location of the Hines Place along Sandwich Notch Road in Sandwich, New Hampshire. This homestead was part of a nineteenth century hill farm community that was just about abandoned by 1860.
Wetlands Area – Sandwich Notch, New Hampshire

Along the Sandwich Notch Road in Sandwich is the above wetlands area. Old documentation suggests that somewhere in this wetlands was possibly the location of the Hines place homestead. This homestead was part of a nineteenth century hill farming community in Sandwich Notch that was just about abandoned by 1860.

Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge - Scenic view of Presidential Range from the Presidential Range Rail Trail / Cohos Trail near Cherry Pond in Jefferson, New Hampshire.
Moorhen Marsh – Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire

One of my favorite wetland scenes is at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge. The Presidential Range Rail Trail travels through Moorhen Marsh (above), and it offers a commanding view of the Presidential Range. If you are planning to hike the Cohos Trail in the future, you can look forward to seeing this view.

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 wetland areas here.

Happy image making..


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Erin Paul is a professional photographer, writer, and author 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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