Gale River Road – Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Scenic Backroads, White Mountains – With the autumn season near, this is a great time to start planning photo excursions into the White Mountains. I have been traveling the backroads of New Hampshire for many years, and always find interesting subject matter along them to photograph. From a photographer's viewpoint, I find autumn to be the best time to explore them. And the history attached to some of these roads is amazing.
Many of the backroads in the White Mountains are one lane dirt roads and some, such as Sandwich Notch Road, are very rough, and only high clearance vehicles should attempt to drive these roads. Because not everyone is interested in hiking to a scenic location, here are a few backroads that are worth exploring.
Echo Lake from Artists Bluff – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
Echo Lake, Franconia Notch – Many photographers who visit the New Hampshire White Mountains are interested in roadside attractions that can be easily reached. So today I am going to share a great location, Echo Lake, in the northern section of Franconia Notch State Park.
From a history point of view, Franconia Notch is amazing. One of the more interesting events that took place in Franconia Notch was on Echo Lake. According to the book “A History of Cannon Mountain: Trails, Tales and Ski Legends” By Meghan McCarthy McPhaulan an event called the “Road-E-O” car race was held on Echo Lake when it was frozen during the 1950s to raise funds for the Franconia Ski Club (FSC). The FSC was founded in 1933, and they are one of the reasons why Cannon Mountain is what it is today.
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.
Saco Lake – Carroll, New Hampshire
Mountain Reflections, New Hampshire – I have always thought the perfect New Hampshire landscape scene includes a mountain, a lake or pond, and clouds reflecting in the water. I think including all three of these elements in a scene makes for an interesting and unique photograph. And one of the bonuses of these types of photos is cloud formations are usually different day to day, so no two images are identical.
To pick a favorite mountain reflection photo from my image archive would take me many hours so instead of doing that I am going to post a few locations that have excellent reflection scenes. These locations may interest hikers, photographers, and visitors exploring the New Hampshire White Mountains.
Pinkham Notch – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Autumn Foliage, White Mountains – Here in the New Hampshire White Mountains, the autumn season is a great time to explore the region. And today, I want to share with you some great places in the White Mountains where you can view and photograph the scenic 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 colors. Just keep in mind the area is very busy during the autumn season, and you will not be alone, not even early in the morning.
Lincoln – Woodstock 4th of July Parade
4th of July Weekend – What a great 4th of July weekend! I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy this incredible stretch of weather. There is no better combination for a traveler than great weather, a long weekend, and your destination being the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
I didn't shoot much over the weekend, but did enjoy the Lincoln-Woodstock Parade in Lincoln, New Hampshire, and some time hiking along the famous 15 mile long East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. Rumors claim the East Branch of the Pemi to be the most beautiful river in the White Mountains.
Annual Celebration of Lupines – The last of the lupines
The last of the lupines – Last week I spent a few hours in the lupine fields of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. I visit the Annual Celebration of Lupines almost every year, towards the end of June, to photograph the lupine fields. I have never been disappointed, but this year has left me scratching my head a little. The lupine looked beautiful, but it appears to have been an off year for them in the Sugar Hill area.