Welcome to the website of Erin Paul Donovan, a professional photographer and author located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Specializing in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography mainly in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, Erin Paul’s photography and writing focuses on the history of the White Mountains, and telling the story of abandoned places and forgotten historical sites.
The 2017 Autumn Foliage Season – What a strange autumn foliage season we have had here in the New Hampshire White Mountains! The foliage was hit or miss in most areas. And even though we are past peak, there are still some nice pockets of colorful foliage. As for the weather, the temperatures have been above average for the month of October. Boy, I hope we get snow this winter season.
I usually spend two weeks a year photographing autumn foliage. But because of tight deadlines, I didn’t focus much on the foliage this year. It has been an extremely busy year, and today I am going to share a few scenes from my travels around the White Mountains. Almost all of my field time over the last few months has been spent in the Pemigewasset Wilderness verifying work for a book project that is due out in the summer of 2018.
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 is an unforgettable site. 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.
As I look at these images, I realize just how much I appreciate the simple scenes of the White Mountain National Forest. Even though both locations are only minutes off the beaten path, they represent nature in its grandest form. No sign of human impact anywhere, mankind is completely absent. Many nature lovers would consider this to be a perfect setting.
East Branch of the Pemigewasset River – Lincoln, New Hampshire
Northeast Foliage season is in full swing – The New Hampshire White Mountains region is exploding with color! Every corner of the region is displaying color, so much it is overwhelming. The roads have been bumper to bumper with leaf peepers, and every scenic pull off is jammed packed with vehicles. If you are looking to get away from the crowds, exploring one of the Northeast's backroads may be you best bet.
I can not wait to see what the foliage looks like on a bright sunny day! We have not seen the sun for the last five days, and all shooting has been done in rain, fog and overcast conditions. Though the cloud cover has been a great natural diffuser, it is time for the sun. I would also like to dry off my rain gear at some point.
It won't be long before New England is exploding with color! Here is a slideshow to get you in the mood for the autumn foliage season. If you prefer to view the above images in a gallery layout click here.
Will it be an excellent foliage season or a poor one is usually the topic of discussion around this time of year? Its fun reading all the predictions of when peak will be. Some experts are right on while others are way off. Though peak does fluctuate from year to year, I find September 30 – October 7 the best time photograph the foliage in the White Mountains region.
Some of the maples are starting to change here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, but for the most part it is still very early. Appearance wise, the trees look a lot better right now than they did when Tropical Storm Irene came through in 2011. I think it is going to be a great foliage season!
Photographers planning to visit the White Mountains of New Hampshire only for peak foliage season should keep your camera gear packed and ready because when peak does arrive, more than likely it will not last long. The areas I suggest photographing are Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch and Pinkham Notch. All three locations offer excellent photo opportunities.
Week of October 3, 2011: Here is a slideshow of autumn foliage from around the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Even though the color is off and looks beat up this year from Tropical Storm Irene, some nice scenes still can be found.
I am not going to attempt to explain what is happening with this year's foliage, but will say it is very "off" when compared to other autumn seasons. Click on any image to view a lager preview.
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