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2016 Favorite Images, White Mountains

2016, Eagle Cliff from along the Pemi Trail in Franconia Notch State Park of the New Hampshire White Mountains during the winter months.
Pemi Trail – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

2016 Favorite Images, White Mountains – Wow, another year is coming to an end! It is that time of year to look back on a years worth of shooting, and share with you the ten photographs that stand out to me from 2016. The included images are not necessarily my best images, but they are the most memorable from 2016.

It has been a great year for me both on a professional and personal level. I visited and photographed a bunch of new areas in the White Mountains region this year. And my appreciation for the backcountry gets stronger and stronger every year. We truly are blessed to have the White Mountain National Forest. I do hope more conservation efforts are made in the future to preserve the landscape of the White Mountains.

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Abandoned Dug Wells, White Mountains

Photo of dug wells. Colonel Lewis B. Smith site in Sandwich Notch in Sandwich, New Hampshire USA. This abandoned farmstead was occupied by three generations of the Smith family from the 18th century to the late 19th century.
Dug Well at Colonel Lewis B. Smith Homestead – Sandwich, New Hampshire
 

Abandoned Dug Wells, White Mountains – Today’s blog article focuses on a keyword. I chose one search term, abandoned dug wells, and searched my image archive for imagery that represents this subject matter. These keyword searches help identify the subjects I need more coverage of. As a photographer, creating an image of an abandoned dug well that is visually interesting can be a challenge.

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are littered with abandoned eighteenth and nineteenth century homesteads. And many of these homesteads had a water source, the dug well. These wells were dug by hand to just below the water table and were lined with stones or other material to keep it from collapsing. If you find a dug well in the middle of the forest, there is a good chance you are in the area of an old homestead.

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The Abandoned Bemis Granite Quarry

Site of the abandoned Bemis Granite Quarry along the Sawyer River in Harts Location, New Hampshire USA. Dr. Samuel Bemis quarried granite from this site, which he owned at the time, during the 1860s to build Notchland, a granite mansion in Hart’s Location.
Site of The Bemis Granite Quarry – Sawyer River, Hart’s Location
 

The Abandoned Bemis Granite Quarry – I recently photographed the forgotten Bemis Granite Quarry in Harts Location, New Hampshire. This quarry, located along the Sawyer River (above), is small when compared to other quarries, such as the Redstone Granite Quarry, but the history attached to it is intriguing.

When most people hear mention of the Sawyer River Valley, they automatically associate it with the Sawyer River Railroad and the village of Livermore. But before the logging railroad took over the Sawyer River Valley in the 1870s Dr. Samuel Bemis quarried granite from land, which he owned at the time, along the Sawyer River during the 1860s to build his granite mansion in Hart’s Location.

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Five Historic Sites To Visit, White Mountains

Remnants of the historic powerhouse at the abandoned town of Livermore during the autumn months. This was a logging town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries along the Sawyer River Logging Railroad in Livermore, New Hampshire. The town and railroad was owned by the Saunders family.
Ghost Town of Livermore – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Five Historic Sites To Visit, White Mountains – Many historic sites in the New Hampshire White Mountains are well known among locals and tourists while others remain forgotten deep in the forest and probably will never be rediscovered. The known sites can help create awareness for historic preservation.

Today I want to share with you a few of the historic sites that are worth visiting in the White Mountains region. I have spent many days exploring and photographing the historic sites included in this blog article. Each site is unique and helps tell the fascinating story of the White Mountains.

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Gordon Pond Railroad, New Hampshire

Silhouette of mountains at sunrise along Route 112 in Woodstock, New Hampshire USA. This area was part of the Gordon Pond Railroad, which was a logging railroad in operation from 1905-1916.
Gordon Pond Railroad Territory – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Gordon Pond Railroad, New Hampshire – Owned by the Johnson Lumber Company (George Johnson) the Gordon Pond Railroad was a logging railroad in the towns of Lincoln and Woodstock New Hampshire. It was in operation from 1905-1916, and it was roughly fifteen miles long. And even though the railroad was only about fifteen miles long it is one of the more complicated logging railroads I have documented.

The history books cover the paper trail of the Gordon Pond Railroad fairly well, so there is no reason for me to repeat that information here. If interested, you can view a map of this railroad here. With that being said I will give you a quick run down on the abandoned Gordon Pond Railroad. And then take you on a photo tour of how the railroad looks today.

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2015 Favorite Images, White Mountains

Whitcher Brook in Benton, New Hampshire during 2015.
Whitcher Brook – Benton, New Hampshire
 

2015 Favorite Images, White Mountains – Is 2015 really coming to an end? As I sit here and write this, I just can’t believe the year is almost over. With the end of the year approaching, it is time for me to look back on a years worth of shooting, and share with you the ten photographs that stand out to me from 2015. This year I am going to add some commentary to make it a little more interesting.

Generally speaking, you find that conservation and environmental photographers tend to have diverse image collections that cover many aspects of the environment. The reason for this is because we shoot many different subjects and issues related to the environment from year to year. This year my work focused mainly on an area of the New Hampshire environment that is not often photographed, and my favorite images of 2015 reflect this.

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