The Pemigewasset Wilderness, Random Thoughts – For 2017, I am going to write one blog article a month that is focused on my random thoughts as an environmental photographer living in the New Hampshire White Mountains. I will remain professional when sharing my thoughts but will be a little freer than normal.
Some of you may recognize the above image from Zeacliff Mountain because a similar image is on the cover of the 29th edition of the AMC White Mountain Guide. I look at this image from time to time and think about the solitude I have found in the Pemigewasset Wilderness (45,000 acres) over the years. I also try to imagine how the Pemigewasset Wilderness would look if it was a 45,000-acre condo development.
Because the Pemigewasset Wilderness is a designated wilderness area, it is managed in a way where man’s impact is light, and the area remains in a natural state. The entire purpose of designated wilderness areas is so we can enjoy nature in an unspoiled state. And yet some are against the spirit of wilderness areas.
I will never fully understand why some are against the management practices and laws that govern designated wilderness areas. The current laws are protecting New Hampshire’s wild places from human impact. And because of this future generations will be able to enjoy designated wilderness areas. I think the real issue is the Pemigewasset Wilderness might be a little to “wild” for some.
Back to the 45,000-acre condo development, I mentioned earlier. I know it sounds funny, and most are saying that will never happen. But our public lands appear to be in a state of turmoil. And anything can happen at this point. The first step, which is already happening, will be attempting to change the laws that protect designated wilderness areas. And once that happens it will only be matter of time before those awful stone staircases take over the Pemigewasset Wilderness trail system.
I hope you enjoyed this random thought. You can license any of the above images for usage in publications by clicking on the image. And you can read more of my random thoughts here.
Happy image making..