Old Cherry Mountain Road – Carroll, New Hampshire
2016 Autumn Season, White Mountains – Today’s blog article is just a quick update on the autumn foliage here in the New Hampshire White Mountains. As the autumn season approached this year, some weather gurus were suggesting that it could be an off year for foliage in New England. Though the foliage seems to be behind this year in the White Mountains, this autumn season has turned out to be an excellent one. The foliage is incredible this year!
I have spent most of this week (October 3-7) in the field photographing the autumn foliage. Many areas in the White Mountains region, such as Carroll, Crawford Notch, Pinkham Notch, and the Zealand area are at peak right now. Franconia Notch and the Kancamagus Scenic Byway are also looking excellent. The real surprise this year is how vibrant the colors are. The reds are dominating most of the landscape.
Lonesome Lake – Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire
Autumn Foliage, Lakes & Ponds – As I wait for the autumn foliage season to begin, I can’t help but wonder if the 2016 foliage season is going to be a short one here in the New Hampshire White Mountains. The weather gurus are indicating that this is going to be an off year. But a short foliage season is better than no foliage season at all.
For me, the classic autumn scene includes brilliant foliage, water, and a mountain. And though this combination of subject matter is throughout the White Mountains, getting all three in perfect conditions is a challenge. Here are a few lakes and ponds in the New Hampshire White Mountains that are worth visiting. Some of these lakes and ponds are roadside, while others are off the beaten path and require hiking.
Tripoli Road (Autumn) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Tripoli Road, White Mountains – With autumn foliage season in full swing, this is a great time to travel the backroads of the New Hampshire White Mountains in search of the perfect autumn scene. I have traveled the backroads of New Hampshire for many years, and always seem to find interesting subject matter along them to photograph. I personally love the history attached to some of the backroads.
Completed in 1934, Tripoli Road, for most of its length, is an unpaved bumpy dirt road that connects Waterville Valley and Woodstock. It was built by the USFS and is named after the Tripoli Mill which dredged East Pond for diatomaceous earth (also called Tripoli) during the early 1900’s. Roadside camping is allowed at designated sites along Tripoli Road making this area very busy during the weekends and holidays.
Pinkham Notch – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Five locations to photograph foliage – Here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire the foliage season has begun. I think the 2014 foliage season is going to be impressive and maybe the best we have had in years. Today, I want to share with you some great places in the White Mountains where you can view and photograph the 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. The area is very busy during the autumn season, and you will not be alone, not even early in the morning.
Lincoln Woods Suspension Bridge – Lincoln, New Hampshire
September 22, 2012 – Autumn season officially starts today! The colors of the season are starting to appear here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is not peak foliage yet, but photographers visiting the region will have no problem finding something to shoot. Here are six locations I have photographed over the years you may want to consider for your foliage photographic journey.
Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge – Jefferson, New Hampshire USA
Quick Update September 25, 2011:
Colors are starting to show in the Northern half of New Hampshire and the White Mountain region. Neither area is at peak yet, but the colors look good. Nice color can be found in the area of Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson, New Hampshire. The above image is from earlier this week.