Posts Categorized: Weather



Snow, White Mountains Weather

Snow scene along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112), in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA in blizzard conditions.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Snow, White Mountains Weather Photos – During the winter months, the New Hampshire White Mountains come to life. Skiers take to the ski resorts, snowmobilers ride the hundreds of miles of groomed trails, and hikers explore the snow-covered trails. Winters that produce lots of snow are good for the New Hampshire economy (tourism industry), while the winters that have little snowfall can be detrimental to the local economy.

My favorite time of year to shoot in the White Mountains is during the winter season. When covered in snow the landscape of the White Mountains is transformed into a peaceful winter wonderland. Included in this blog article are a few snow scenes that showcase the winter season.

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Winter Forest Scenes, White Mountains

Winter forest scene of a snowshoer on the Carter-Moriah Trail in winter conditions near the summit of Carter Dome in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Carter Dome – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Winter Forest Scenes, White Mountains – When most think of the New Hampshire White Mountains, they think of the mountain landscapes that dominate the region, and not the actual forests, lakes, trails, and wetlands that make up the landscape. Today I want to share with you a few winter forest scenes that showcase the White Mountains. Maybe they will give you some ideas for your next photography or hiking adventure.

In the 1800s and early 1900s, extreme logging practices drastically altered the landscape of the White Mountains to the point where the forests were described as wastelands. But now in the twenty-first century, the forests are thriving because the logging practices of yesteryear are no longer tolerated.

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Forest Disturbances, New Hampshire

Forest Disturbances - Bent yellow birch tree in Lafayette Brook Scenic Area in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Bent Yellow Birch Tree – Lafayette Brook Scenic Area, New Hampshire
 

Forest Disturbances, New Hampshire – As an environmental photographer, I am fascinated with all aspects of the forest, and understand why some photographers focus entirely on forest photography. The forest seems to be in a constant battle to survive and its very existence is similar to the human race.

Many of the trees you see bent and snapped in the forest are the result of weather related disturbances. The yellow birch tree (above) more than likely grew like this because of heavy loads of snow resting on it, causing it to bend, when it was just a young tree. And it continued to grow even though it was bent. You will find many trees like this one in the New Hampshire White Mountains.

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Storm Clouds, White Mountains

Sunrise and storm clouds along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112), which is one of New England's scenic byways located in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Sunrise & Storm Clouds – Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
 

Storm Clouds, White Mountains – What is a New England photographer to do when the weather is less than ideal and not perfect photography conditions? A photographer could stay home and dream of beautiful puffy clouds as a backdrop, but that is not the way to build a strong image archive. As a photographer, the one thing I have learned over the years is to work with whatever mother nature throws at me on any given day.

Now I am not suggesting photographers put themselves in harms way to get the shot. But I do think marketable images can be created in poor weather conditions. New England photographers, focused on the outdoors, who only shoot in perfect photography conditions are limiting their production rate.

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Windy Weather, White Mountains

Windy conditions cause snow and clouds to blow across the mountains from the summit of Mount Tecumseh in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire USA during the winter months.
Windy Conditions – Mt Tecumseh, White Mountains
 

Windy Weather, White Mountains – As an environmental photographer, I try to document every aspect of nature that is interesting. I also try to think out of the box and create images that will be beneficial to have on file for future use. Weather related images are always in demand and are good to have on file.

I find it a challenge to create images that showcase the power of wind, winter and nature. To create a great image that includes these three elements everything has to line up perfectly, and most times they don’t. Being in the right place at the right time does help, but this means shooting in less than ideal conditions and my camera gear does take a beaten.

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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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Hurricane Sandy vs Tropical Storm Irene

The East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA after hours of heavy rains and strong winds from Hurricane Sandy. This hurricane caused massive destruction along the east coast, but the White Mountains of New Hampshire received almost no damage.
Hurricane Sandy – Looking down the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River
 

Hurricane Sandy vs Tropical Storm Irene – I was able to photograph the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, New Hampshire from the same location during Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene. Water levels during Hurricane Sandy did not compare to the raging rapids encountered during Tropical Storm Irene.

I will never forget seeing waves in the East Branch of the Pemi during Irene. Here are a few images from the same location during each storm. They will give you an idea on the water height during each storm.

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