Posts Tagged: alpine zone

Crawford Path, White Mountains

Sign in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA near the Highland Center. Crawford Path is the oldest continuously used mountain trail in America.
Crawford Path Sign – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Crawford Path, White Mountains – Crawford Path, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is the oldest continuously-used mountain trail in America. And for a period of time, it was used as a horse trail to Mt Washington. This eight and half mile historic path came to be in 1819 when Abel Crawford and his son, Ethan Allen, began building a trail to the summit of Mt Pierce, formerly Mt Clinton. Once north of Mt Pierce, the Crawford Path follows the famed Appalachian Trail corridor to the summit of Mt Washington.

The entire eight and a half miles of Crawford Path is a photographer's delight. Landscape photographers will love the bold mountain scenes, while macro photographers will enjoy the variety of alpine flowers along the trail. If a photographer plans accordingly, he or she can spend a full day shooting along this historic path.

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Winter Camera Protection, White Mountains

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Appalachian Trail - Extreme weather conditions near the summit of Mount Washington during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Crawford Path – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Winter Camera Protection, White Mountains – When photographing in adverse winter conditions, one of my concerns is protecting camera gear from the elements. I find using products that are specifically made to protect the camera in harsh conditions to be beneficial. They do take some time to get use to, but are worth the investment.

During harsh weather conditions in the New Hampshire White Mountains, I use Camera Armor*, LensSkins*, and LensCoat*. And for down in the valleys and roadside I like using the Storm Jacket Covers*. These products act as covers for the camera and do a pretty good job at keeping the elements off the camera. The Storm Jacket covers are easy to put on and work well in all seasons. I use mine all the time when it is raining. 

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Mount Washington New Hampshire

Mt Washington from Davis Path in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. Mt Washington is on left and is the highest peak in the Northeast.
Mt Washington – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Mount Washington State Park, New Hampshire – At a height of 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the Northeast's highest peak, home to the worst weather in the world, and a winter climber’s paradise. The 60 acres, more or less, surrounding the summit cone is part of the Mount Washington State Park.

The most well known historical event in the White Mountains happened on April 12, 1934. On this day, a wind gust of 231 miles per hour was recorded on Mount Washington by the Mount Washington Observatory staff. It was the fastest wind gust ever recorded on the surface of the Earth, and it wasn’t until sixty-two years later, in 1996, that an unmanned instrument station in Barrow Island, Australia broke the record with a recording of 253 miles per hour during Tropical Cyclone Olivia.

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Mount Pierce, Great Place To Start

The Presidential Range from Mount Pierce  – White Mountains, NH 

Mount Pierce, Great Place To Start – One of the easier and best "bang for your buck" hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is Mount Pierce. You get alpine expose and beautiful views of the Presidential Range. All with the option of being able to retreat to the cover of the forest quickly. Very little of this hike is exposed, which makes it great training for hikers new to winter hiking. It is also a great area to practice using your camera in alpine conditions.

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Top 10 2010 White Mountains Photos

(Number 1) Lost Pond – White Mountains, NH

It's hard to pick only ten images to represent a year, but I think I managed. Since most of my focus and projects were in the White Mountains, I decided to only include imagery from the mountains.

1) Pinkham Notch  – Lost Pond on the side the Appalachian Trail. The reflection of Mount Washington and Huntington Ravine are excellent and worth a early morning visit.

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Winter Hiking Safety and Photography

Appalachian Trail - Half moon at dawn from the summit of Mount Pierce in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Mt Pierce at dawn – White Mountains, NH 

Winter Hiking Safety and Photography – One winter, before sunrise, I was setup near the summit of Mt Pierce in the New Hampshire White Mountains photographing the moon. It was a perfect morning to be on the ridge with the temperature around 10 degrees.

As I was doing this, I watched a hiker come up out of the brush on the east / southeastern side of Mt Pierce. He was completely off track, and not on the trail. It caught me by surprise because the southeastern side of the mountain is not the best place to be during the winter months.

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Mt Washington Alpine Flowers

Mountain Cranberry - Vaccinium vitis-idaea - during the summer months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. The fruits are edible
Mountain Cranberry – Vaccinium vitis-idaea –

Mt Washington Alpine Flowers – During the spring months, tiny alpine flowers bloom on New Hampshire's Mount Washington. And one of the best areas to see these flowers is in the Alpine Garden, along the Alpine Garden Trail. The Alpine Garden Trail is on the eastern slopes of Mt Washington. And many consider this trail to be one of the best places in the White Mountains to see alpine flora.

The alpine flowers included in this blog article can be found along the Alpine Garden Trail. And when the alpine flowers are in full bloom, the eastern slopes of Mt Washington is an incredible area to visit. You can also find these alpine flowers (in the alpine zone) in other areas of the Presidential Range.

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Camera Batteries, Cold Weather

Cold camera batteries, a hiker photographs around the summit of Mount Washington during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Winter Photographer – White Mountains, NH

Camera Batteries, Cold Weather – How do I approach the cold weather battery issue? Most DSLRs use battery packs these days, so I am not going to attempt to describe the different types of batteries that are available. My Canons use a 7.4V lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack, so I will be referring to them. And I am not a scientist, so I won't attempt to describe why batteries lose power in extremely cold conditions, but in short the cold temperatures drain the energy out of them.

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