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Tripoli Road, White Mountains

Tripoli Road in Livermore, New Hampshire.
Tripoli Road (Autumn) – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Tripoli Road, White Mountains – With autumn foliage season in full swing, this is a great time to travel the backroads of the New Hampshire White Mountains in search of the perfect autumn scene. I have traveled the backroads of New Hampshire for many years, and always seem to find interesting subject matter along them to photograph. I personally love the history attached to some of the backroads.

Completed in 1934, Tripoli Road, for most of its length, is an unpaved bumpy dirt road that connects Waterville Valley and Woodstock. It was built by the USFS and is named after the Tripoli Mill which dredged East Pond for diatomaceous earth (also called Tripoli) during the early 1900’s. Roadside camping is allowed at designated sites along Tripoli Road making this area very busy during the weekends and holidays.

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Roadside Autumn Scenes, White Mountains

East Branch of the Pemigewasset River near the Lincoln Woods Trailhead during the autumn months in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
East Branch of the Pemigewasset River – Lincoln Woods Trail, New Hampshire

Roadside Foliage, White Mountains – Here in the New Hampshire White Mountains the autumn foliage has finally appeared. It is behind this year, but some locations look good, and with the crazy weather this year there is no telling how long it will last so get out there and shoot. Today’s blog article focuses on roadside attractions in the White Mountains region that offer great photo opportunities. The included images are from past years.

At the start of the Lincoln Woods Trail (Lincoln Woods Trailhead along the Kancamagus Highway) in Lincoln, is a 180 foot long suspension footbridge that offers great views of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River (above). Very little walking is needed to reach the river and a photographer could spend hours at this location.

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Step Falls Nature Preserve, Maine

Step Falls Nature Preserve in Newry, Maine USA. Acquired in 1962,  Step Falls was The Nature Conservancy’s first preserve in Maine.
Step Falls Nature Preserve – Newry, Maine

Step Falls Nature Preserve – I was recently in Grafton Notch State Park in Newry, Maine and while there visited nearby Step Falls Nature Preserve. The preserve is known for its cascades and excellent view from the top of the falls, but on the day of my visit it was snowing and very windy so I focused on the cascades and forest scenes.

Step Falls Nature Preserve is a 24 acre lot located just outside of Grafton Notch State Park, along Route 26. Acquired in 1962, it was The Nature Conservancy’s first preserve in Maine. In 2012, the Mahoosuc Land Trust took over ownership of the preserve and has since made improvements to the grounds.

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Winter, White Mountains

October 2014 - Scenic view from the summit of Mount Tecumseh in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire USA during autumn months. View shedding (unauthorized cutting) has improved the summit view. Forest Service has verified the cutting is unauthorized.
Mt Tecumseh – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Winter, White Mountains – It is that time of year when we can expect snow any day in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Daytime temps have been on the cool side, and rime ice can already be found at the higher elevations. I suspect my hike to Mt Tecumseh in October was my last snow free summit until the spring season.

A fresh coating of snow transforms the White Mountains into a breathtaking landscape. And you do not have to travel far off the beaten path to find beautiful winter scenes. Included in this blog post are a few locations that are easily accessible (for the most part) during the winter. They may give you some ideas when planning your photo adventures this winter.

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Five Locations to Photograph Foliage

Mount Washington Valley - Pinkham Notch in Gorham, New Hampshire USA during the autumn months.
Pinkham Notch – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Five locations to photograph foliage – Here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire the foliage season has begun. I think the 2014 foliage season is going to be impressive and maybe the best we have had in years. Today, I want to share with you some great places in the White Mountains where you can view and photograph the autumn foliage.

Pinkham Notch, Route 16 – Pinkham Notch (above) is crazy during the autumn season, but the foliage is worth it! You do not have to venture far off Route 16 to see the impressive display of autumn. The area is very busy during the autumn season, and you will not be alone, not even early in the morning.

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Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire

Lost River in Kinsman Notch of Woodstock, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Lost River – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire

Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire – Kinsman Notch is located in the White Mountains between Mount Moosilauke and the Kinsman Range. Lost River drains to the southeast and the Wild Ammonoosuc River drains to the northwest. The Notch is mostly known for Lost River Reservation, Beaver Brook Cascades and Beaver Pond, but hidden among the hills is an incredible landscape that most have never explored.

The last few weeks much of my time has been spent creating imagery of the mountain environment in the less traveled areas of Kinsman Notch. I have visited some breathtaking places that I want to share with you today. Kinsman Notch is an awesome place to hike and explore, and photographers with creative minds will have a field day in this area.

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