2022 Year in Review, White Mountains

Railroad trestle along the old Maine Central Railroad in Hart's Location, New Hampshire. Built by the Pennsylvania Steel Company in 1906, this trestle crosses the Saco River below the Sawyer River Station. Since 1995, the Conway Scenic Railroad, which providers passenger excursion trains, has been using the railroad.
Maine Central Railroad – Pennsylvania Steel Co 1906 Trestle

2022 Year in Review, White Mountains – Wow, another year is almost in the books; when you are constantly busy, the years just seem to fly by. Like most years, around this time, I don’t have much to say, and like many of you, I am ready for the new year. It's been a long, roller-coaster year. Included here are a few of my favorite photos from 2022.

I have spent most of this year doing behind the scenes work that most people are not interested in. Examples of this work include looking for a new printer (considering I have used the same one for the last 14 years, this was not an easy task), editing and keywording imagery, making numerous updates and improvements to the website, doing research for a book, and writing. I also worked on a few smaller projects, scouted out a number of new locations, and did some hiking.

Reflection of Cherry Mountain in Airport Marsh, near Mt Washington Regional Airport, in Whitefield, New Hampshire on a foggy, cloudless, spring morning.
Cherry Mountain From Airport Marsh – Whitefield, New Hampshire

Cherry Mountain, seen above from Airport Marsh in WhiteField, was once referred to as Pondicherry Mountain. The mountain consists of two peaks: Mount Martha, the highest peak, and Owl’s Head. The mountain is known for the Cherry Mountain Slide (also called the Stanley Slide). On July 10, 1885, a landslide slid down the side of Owl’s Head into the valley, destroying Oscar Stanley’s farmstead. Donald Walker, one of Stanley’s hired workers, was fatally injured in the slide. Mount Martha is one of the mountains on the New Hampshire 52 With A View hiking list.

Log cabin along Overlook Farm Loop at Bronson Hill Conservation Area in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire on a cloudy winter January morning at sunrise. Maintained by the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, the roughly 600 acre Bronson Hill Conservation Area consists of four properties.
Bronson Hill Conservation Area, Sugar Hill at Sunrise

The Bronson Hill Conservation Area in Sugar Hill is one of the many hidden gems in the White Mountains. Four properties, consisting of roughly 600 acres, make up the Bronson Hill Conservation Area; it's maintained by the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust. The log cabin along Overlook Farm Loop is just perfect at sunrise. I don’t visit this conservation area much, so it was a real treat to be on the property at sunrise this year.

A collapsed timber bridge at the Sokokis Brook crossing along the abandoned Boston and Maine Railroad’s Mt Washington Branch (between Fabyans and the base of the Cog) in the White Mountains, New Hampshire during the winter months. The Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad completed this roughly six and a half mile long extension from Fabyans to the base of the Cog Railway in 1876.
Boston and Maine Railroad's Mt Washington Branch Extension

Located along the abandoned Boston and Maine Railroad’s Mt Washington Branch extension, between Fabyans and the base of the Cog Railway, is the above timber bridge. The Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad completed this roughly six and a half mile long extension in 1876. In August 1931, the last passenger train to the base station traveled over this extension. I revisited this cool piece of history in January.

Lupine along Valley Road in Jefferson, New Hampshire on a spring morning. The Presidential Range is off in the distance.
Valley Road – Jefferson, New Hampshire

The lupine was exceptional this year (better than the last few years). The above photo is from along Valley Road in Jefferson. It has one of the best lupine scenes in the White Mountains; the Presidential Range is an incredible backdrop.

East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, New Hampshire covered in snow at sunrise on a cloudy winter morning. This river begins deep in the Pemigewasset Wilderness in the area of Stillwater Junction and travels roughly 15.5 miles before joining the Pemigewasset River.
East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, Lincoln at Sunrise

The photo opportunities along the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River are endless. It's one of my favorite rivers to explore. Beginning deep in the Pemigewasset Wilderness at Stillwater Junction, this river travels roughly 15.5 miles before joining the Pemigewasset River in Woodstock. The serenity of this river is great.

Cascade on an unnamed brook in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire during the spring months. Franconia Notch, located in the towns of Franconia and Lincoln, is known for its breathtaking waterfalls.
Waterfall – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire

As the year comes to an end, I will be diving deep into a year-long book project that has a publication date of 2024. I am very excited about this project, but I won’t be revealing much about it now. In the spring or summer I will start sharing more information about it. The only hint I will give is that the waterfall scene above is indirectly linked to the main topic.

I am looking forward to the new year. It's going to be a fun year. Be safe on the trails and never stop exploring the White Mountains; the story of this region is incredible!

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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