2016 Favorite Images, White Mountains

2016, Eagle Cliff from along the Pemi Trail in Franconia Notch State Park of the New Hampshire White Mountains during the winter months.
Pemi Trail – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

2016 Favorite Images, White Mountains – Wow, another year is coming to an end! It is that time of year to look back on a years worth of shooting, and share with you the ten photographs that stand out to me from 2016. The included images are not necessarily my best images, but they are the most memorable from 2016.

It has been a great year for me both on a professional and personal level. I visited and photographed a bunch of new areas in the White Mountains region this year. And my appreciation for the backcountry gets stronger and stronger every year. We truly are blessed to have the White Mountain National Forest. I do hope more conservation efforts are made in the future to preserve the landscape of the White Mountains.

Snow-capped Presidential Range at sunset from the Presidential Range Rail Trail (Cohos Trail) at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson, New Hampshire USA during the winter months.
Sunset at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge – Jefferson, New Hampshire
 

In New Hampshire, there are only a handful of places where we can go and feel like we are in God’s Country. And Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge is one of these places. The view of the Presidential Range (above) from along the Presidential Range Rail Trail makes this Refuge unique. I visit the Refuge every year to create imagery.

Cascade along Cold Brook in Randolph, New Hampshire during the summer months. This is believed to be the forgotten Quarta Cascade.
Quarta Cascade – Randolph, New Hampshire
 

I spent time this year photographing forgotten waterfalls in the White Mountains region. In my endless research of the White Mountains, I have become amazed to all the named cascades and waterfalls that have been forgotten about over the years. The stand out for this year I believe is known as Quarta Cascade (above) along Cold Brook in Randolph. Quarta Cascade is just one of the many cascades along Cold Brook.

Wildlife Pond in Bethlehem, New Hampshire USA on a foggy autumn morning.
Wildlife Pond – Bethlehem, New Hampshire
 

I am still in awe of the autumn foliage season we had here in the White Mountains. It was just unbelievable! The above scene from Wildlife Pond in Bethlehem is very simple, but yet represents the awesome autumn foliage season we had. I am not sure any future foliage season will top the 2016 season.

Remnants of an old mill along Talford Brook at Thornton Gore in Thornton, New Hampshire during the autumn months. This was an old hill farm community that was abandoned during the 19th century.
Talford Brook Mill – Thornton Gore, New Hampshire
 

In 2016, I spent many days in the backcounty of the White Mountains documenting abandoned hill farm communities. And one of my favorite photos is of the abandoned Talford Brook mill (above) in Thornton Gore. I believe the metal object seen in the photo is the centerpiece of the water wheel.

The Willey Brook Trestle along the old Maine Central Railroad in Hart's Location, New Hampshire during the autumn months. This trestle is within Crawford Notch State Park. And since 1995 the Conway Scenic Railroad, which provides passenger excursion trains has been using the track.
Willey Brook Trestle – Hart's Location, New Hampshire
 

I was focused on abandoned hill farm communities this year and my time shooting the historic railroads was limited. One of the railroads I did shoot was the old Maine Central Railroad in Hart's Location. And one of my favorite locations along the railroad is the Willey Brook Trestle (above). The history surrounding this trestle is amazing!

Echo Lake in Franconia Notch State Park of the New Hampshire White Mountains on an autumn night.
Echo Lake During The Night – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

I started shooting a small personal project this year in Franconia Notch. And I spent a few days around Artists Bluff, Bald Mountain, Cannon Mountain, and Echo Lake (above). I have come to the conclusion that Echo Lake is beautiful any time of day. It is just a great spot to visit.

Northern Presidential Range from Durand Lake in Randolph, New Hampshire at sunrise during the summer months.
Durand Lake – Randolph, New Hampshire
 

I spent a lot of time this year shooting in the Northern Presidential Range. The landscape of this area is beautiful and very rugged. And I think the view from Durand Lake (above) in Randolph showcases these two features of the area. The view from Durand Lake is one of my favorites along the Route 2 corridor.

The Fabyan Guard Station during the autumn months. It was built in 1923 by Clifford Graham along the old Jefferson Turnpike (now Old Cherry Mountain Road) in the Carroll, New Hampshire. It's the last remaining guard station in the White Mountain National Forest. The cabin was built using spruce logs from the surrounding area.
Fabyan Guard Station – Carroll, New Hampshire
 

I have been following the restoration efforts on the Fabyan Guard Station (above) over the last few years. And it looks great! Built in 1923 by Clifford Graham this is the last remaining guard station in the White Mountain National Forest. Being a history buff, I love seeing these historic buildings brought back to life.

Rollo Fall along the Moose River in Randolph, New Hampshire USA during the autumn months.
Rollo Fall – Randolph, New Hampshire
 

As I look back at a full year of shooting, Rollo Fall (above) best represents the year I had. As a photographer, I have slowed down this year to enjoy these special places that I have had the privilege of photographing. And this mindset I am taking into the new year.

During the month of December is the best time to shut down for a few days, so I will be taking time off to spend with family and friends. And if you haven’t purchased one of my 2017 New Hampshire calendars yet, I do still have some available. Be safe on the trails and Happy Holidays to you.

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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