Mt Tecumseh – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Scenes of April, New Hampshire – What a month it has been weather wise here in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Ice, snow, rain, and warm weather. You name it, we have had it this month. With April coming to an end, it won’t be long until the grass is green, but the trails are still an icy mess at higher elevations. Crampons have been the chosen foot traction this month.
My monthly blog article showcasing five images from the month only consists of three images this month. April has been an interesting month for me because I had to shut down for most of it to take care of a family matter. This blog article reflects how little shooting I did this month. The last time I had to shut down like this was about thirteen years ago. And I am anxious to get back into the swing of things.
Cherry Pond – Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire
Scenes of March, New Hampshire – The weather here in the New Hampshire White Mountains during the month of March has been very interesting. The lower elevations have been snow-free for most of the month, and the higher elevations can be best described as an icy mess. And because of the mild winter and warm weather, bears are coming out of their dens early.
Being a native to New Hampshire, who loves the serenity of a snow-covered forest, I have always preferred winters that have large amounts of snow. Well, the 2015-2016 winter season is officially over, and we hardly had any snow here in the White Mountains, but I took advantage of the snow-less winter and scouted out areas I will be shooting in the spring and summer seasons.
Echo Lake – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
Scenes of February, New Hampshire – Much like last month, the weather here in the New Hampshire White Mountains during the month of February has been a mixed bag. We still have not had any major snow storms, the trails are very icy, and the temperatures have been on the warm side. At the beginning of the month, Echo Lake (above) still had not frozen over yet, and there was not much snow in Franconia Notch.
The lack of snow combined with icy trails has made for slow going, and I have had to rearrange my shooting schedule this month because of the weather. Much of the problem has been just getting around the trail system with all the camera gear I carry. As a working photographer, I have to create marketable imagery in whatever conditions are presented to me on any given day and this month has been a challenge.
Twin Brook – Albany, New Hampshire
Scenes of January, New Hampshire – Even though we are in the month of January, there is little snow in the New Hampshire White Mountains, and we still have not had any major snow storms. Hopefully, this will change in the near future. Outdoor enthusiasts and photographers don't have to worry though because there is enough snow to make the landscape interesting.
With the holidays behind us, I am back in full operation, and I have spent a number of days this month in the field shooting. I am excited to create new imagery this year, and I can’t wait to visit some new places. Most days when I head out into the field I have a backup shooting location just in case the first location does not pan out. And this month I have had to resort to backup locations a number of times, and it worked out for the best.
Cannon Mountain – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
Scenes of December, New Hampshire – If you live in New England, I don’t have to explain the weather we have had during the month of December. We have had Christmas without snow this year, and most of December has been warmer than normal. The weather has been crazy this month! The good news here in the White Mountains is that we are expecting our first winter storm tomorrow (Tuesday). And yes the above scene is from this month.
I shut down every December for two weeks for some much needed rest and recuperation and also to spend time with family and friends during the holidays. I also use this time to tie up loose business ends from the year and to prepare for a new year. And the actual time I spend out in the field shooting this month is very limited.
Whitcher Brook – Benton, New Hampshire
November Scenes, New Hampshire – The month of November has been very long and drawn out, but in a good way. For me, most months fly by, and there never seems to be enough time in a day to complete all the tasks I need to complete, but for some reason I am all caught up and ahead of schedule this month. I even started photographing an abandoned farm settlement this month that I initially planned to shoot next summer.
I have always enjoyed being in the White Mountains during this time of year. The changing of the seasons and breathing in the crisp mountain air reminders of what is to come. And around this time I start to wonder what type of winter are we going to have. Will it be a winter with lots of snow or will it be an extremely cold winter, with little snow. Living in the White Mountains, I prefer winters with lots of snow.
Hancock Trailhead – Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
Five images from the month of October – Is the month of October really coming to an end already? With the cool nights, most of the autumn foliage on the ground, and Mount Washington receiving snow, I would say November is knocking on the door, and it won’t be long before the landscape is covered in snow. It is time to close the books on October and work our way through another month.
This has been one the strangest autumn foliage seasons I have seen in a long time in the White Mountains. The foliage was delayed this year, but it did eventually appear, and it was not the greatest of foliage, but not the worst either. As a photographer, I have learned to work with whatever scene nature presents to me, and the mediocre foliage this year was a nonissue for me.
Composite of September 2015 Supermoon Eclipse
Scenes of September, White Mountains – Many New Englanders, myself included, look forward to the cool September nights, and after the heat wave we have had this summer we are finally getting some cool temperatures here in the New Hampshire White Mountains. The problem is the cool air didn’t arrive until the end of this month, and most of September has been very hot, and the foliage has only begun to change.
For the last few years, I have started shooting autumn foliage scenes around September 24, and one year I was even shooting foliage scenes on the last day of summer, but not this year. The weather has slowed the process down, and the trees are barely showing any color. I dare say we are at least a week or more behind schedule here in the White Mountains region.