Scenes of March, New Hampshire

The Pliny Range from Cherry Pond at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson, New Hampshire during the month of March. The Cohos Trail passes by Cherry Pond.
Cherry Pond – Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire
 

Scenes of March, New Hampshire – The weather here in the New Hampshire White Mountains during the month of March has been very interesting. The lower elevations have been snow-free for most of the month, and the higher elevations can be best described as an icy mess. And because of the mild winter and warm weather, bears are coming out of their dens early.

Being a native to New Hampshire, who loves the serenity of a snow-covered forest, I have always preferred winters that have large amounts of snow. Well, the 2015-2016 winter season is officially over, and we hardly had any snow here in the White Mountains, but I took advantage of the snow-less winter and scouted out areas I will be shooting in the spring and summer seasons.

Cannon Mountain from Echo Lake in Franconia Notch State Park of the New Hampshire White Mountains during the month of March.
Echo Lake – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

I spent a few hours this month shooting at Echo Lake (above) in Franconia Notch State Park. Echo Lake is a great location to create images, and I always recommend it to photographers who are looking for shooting locations in Franconia Notch. There are many photo opportunities for the open minded photographer.

Remnants of what is believed to be the Upper Bunga dam along the Wild Ammonoosuc River in the abandoned logging village of Wildwood in the town of Easton, New Hampshire during the month of March. This log driving dam was used during the late 1800s and early 1900s by the Fall Mountain Paper Company, which later became the International Paper Company, to move logs to the Connecticut River.
Upper Bunga Dam – Wild Ammonoosuc River, New Hampshire
 

I spent a few days documenting the abandoned logging village of Wildwood in Easton. During the late 1800's and early 1900's, the Fall Mountain Paper Company, which later became the International Paper Company, did log drives on the Wild Ammonoosuc River. Remnants of what I believe is the Upper Bunga log driving dam (south side) along the Wild Ammonoosuc River can be seen in the above image. Log driving dams controlled the flow of water and when the dam gates were opened the flooding of water carried the logs downstream to the Connecticut River.

Fresh woodpecker holes in a marked softwood tree in Unit 49 of the Pemi Northwest timber harvest project in Benton, New Hampshire during the month of March. The blue paint marks indicate that the tree will be cut during the timber harvest.
Pemi Northwest Project – Benton, New Hampshire
 

With the snow completely gone at the lower elevations, I am again shooting the abandoned nineteenth century Coventry-Benton farm community. Much of the area I am focused on is part of the Pemi Northwest timber harvest project. The above photo is from Unit 49 of the harvest. The blue paint marks indicate that the tree will be cut during the timber harvest. I think the woodpecker working on this tree is going to be pretty unhappy when it is cut down.

Diana's Bath in Bartlett, New Hampshire USA during the month of March. Diana's Baths is a series of small cascades located along Lucy Brook. Remnants of the old 1800s “Lucy's Mill” can be seen in the foreground. The Lucy family owned this sawmill, and they abandoned it in the 1940s.
Diana's Bath – Bartlett, New Hampshire
 

I visited Diana's Bath (above) in Bartlett this month. Diana's Baths is a series of picturesque cascades along Lucy Brook. The area has historical significance in that it is the site of “Lucy's Mill”, an 1800s sawmill that was owned by the Lucy Family. The Lucy family had a house and barn at the site, and in the l890s built a boarding house for tourists to visit the site. They eventually abandoned the site. Remnants of the sawmill and dwellings can still be viewed today.

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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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