Scenes of September, New Hampshire

September view of the Baker Floodwater Reservoir Site from Hildreth Dam in Warren, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Baker Floodwater Reservoir Site – Warren, New Hampshire

Scenes of September, New Hampshire – As I look back at the month of September, I have realized that it has been a very busy month. And as usual, there is never enough time in the day to get everything done that needs to be done. At any rate. September is one of my favorite months of the year here in the White Mountains because it is the start of autumn foliage season. I also love the cool nights that come with this month. 

My shooting schedule this month had me shooting many different subjects. I spent time shooting historic stone structures, landscapes, conservation issues, and a few forgotten waterfalls. I also did some scouting in northern New Hampshire in preparation for the autumn foliage season. And I spent some time exploring the backroads of the White Mountains.

Fleming Flume on Elephant Head Brook in Carroll, New Hampshire during the summer months.
Fleming Flume – Carroll, New Hampshire

Here in the White Mountains, the water levels are low and the waterfalls that I did photograph this month were only trickles. We could use a few days, or even a week, of steady rain. Above is Fleming Flume along Elephant Head Brook in Carroll. Elephant Head Brook runs through this interesting gorge. It doesn’t look like much during the dry months, but I think it will be impressive during the spring snowmelt.

September 2016 - Newly built stone steps along the Mount Tecumseh Trail in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.
Mt Tecumseh Trail – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

For the last five years, I have been documenting issues on New Hampshire's Mt Tecumseh. And I am now making the images viewable to the public. In my opinion, it is the ugliest display of trail stewardship I have ever seen from Forest Service. And it should have never happened. You can read more about this issue here.

Site of Merrill’s Mountain House in Warren, New Hampshire during the summer months. In 1834 Nathaniel Merrill built a farmhouse at this site, and in 1860 the Merrill family converted the farmhouse to an inn known as Merrill’s Mountain Home or Merrill’s Mountain House. The inn burned down in 1915.
Merrill’s Mountain House – Breezy Point, New Hampshire

I spent two days this month shooting in Warren. Above is the site of Merrill’s Mountain House in the area of Warren known as Breezy Point. In 1834 Nathaniel Merrill built a farmhouse at this site, and in 1860 the Merrill family converted the farmhouse to an inn known as Merrill’s Mountain House. The inn burned down in 1915. Today, this abandoned cellar hole helps tell the story of Merrill’s Mountain House and Breezy Point.

View of mountains on a foggy autumn morning from the information center at the junction of Route 302 and Route 3 in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire.
September 24, 2016 – Twin Mountain, New Hampshire

I know many are interested in the in how the foliage is progressing this year. Based on what I have seen in the last week it looks like the northern and White Mountains regions of New Hampshire are progressing at almost the same rate. The norm is for the foliage to start in northern New Hampshire and then make its way south, but I am not sure this is happening this year.

So far the best foliage I have seen in my travels was at the junction of Route 3 and 302 (above) in Twin Mountain. I think the window to photograph peak foliage this year in the White Mountains could be short, so be ready photographers.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in, and you can view more new images from the month of September here. And because it is calendar season, I want to remind you that my 2017 White Mountains New Hampshire calendar is available.

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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