Winter Forest Scenes, White Mountains

Winter forest scene of a snowshoer on the Carter-Moriah Trail in winter conditions near the summit of Carter Dome in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Carter Dome – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Winter Forest Scenes, White Mountains – When most think of the New Hampshire White Mountains, they think of the mountain landscapes that dominate the region, and not the actual forests, lakes, trails, and wetlands that make up the landscape. Today I want to share with you a few winter forest scenes that showcase the White Mountains. Maybe they will give you some ideas for your next photography or hiking adventure.

In the 1800s and early 1900s, extreme logging practices drastically altered the landscape of the White Mountains to the point where the forests were described as wastelands. But now in the twenty-first century, the forests are thriving because the logging practices of yesteryear are no longer tolerated.

Winter forest scenes in the area of the old Passaconaway Settlement in Albany, New Hampshire during the winter months.
Kancamagus Highway – Albany, New Hampshire
 

There is no shortage of winter forest scenes in the New Hampshire White Mountains. And if you don’t want to hike deep into the snow-covered landscape, you can find beautiful scenes along many of the main roads in this region of New Hampshire. The above scene is from along the Kancamagus Highway in the area of the old Passaconaway Settlement in Albany.

Winter forest Scene on the northern slope of Mount Jim in Kinsman Notch of Woodstock, New Hampshire during the winter months.
Mount Jim – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

Kinsman Notch is one of my favorite locations to create winter forest scenes, and the northern slope of Mount Jim (above) is excellent after a snow storm. This area is popular with back-country skiers and snowshoers, but most times you will have the forest to yourself. Lots of photo opportunities.

Hardwood forest on the northern slopes Mount Waternomee in Kinsman Notch of Woodstock, New Hampshire during the winter months.
Mount Waternomee – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

Also in Kinsman Notch, next to Mount Jim, on the northern slope of Mount Waternomee open hardwood glades (above) offer endless photo opportunities. Being located right next to Mount Jim this area is also popular with back-country skiers and snowshoers. And you will also find interesting signage in this area.

Winter forest scene at Lafayette Brook Scenic Area in Franconia, New Hampshire after a snow storm.
Lafayette Brook Scenic Area, New Hampshire
 

Located in the northern portion of Franconia Notch, behind Eagle Cliff, is Lafayette Brook Scenic Area. Within this scenic area is a picture perfect open hardwood glades (above) that back-country skiers use. During times of heavy snow the glades look awesome and an open minded photographer will keep busy in this area.

Snow covered softwood forest along the Hancock Loop Trail on the summit of South Hancock Mountain in the White Mountains, New Hampshire during the winter months. This is a great trail to hike.
Hancock Loop Trail – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Interesting winter forest scenes can also be found along the White Mountains trail system. The softwood forest along the Hancock Loop Trail (above) is very picturesque after a dumping of snow, but getting into this area during and after snow storms can be slow going if the trail is not broken out.

Fresh snowshoe tracks in forest after a dusting of snow in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Winter Forest – Lincoln, New Hampshire
 

There is an abundance of winter forest scenes in the White Mountains but keep in mind in order to reach many of the above locations requires hours of snowshoeing and careful planning. A photographer has to consider if snowshoeing for hours into the back-country to create only a handful of images is worth the effort. I often weigh this out because from a business point of view sometimes it is not worth it.

The above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in. And you can view more winter forest scenes 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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