Posts Tagged: cascades



Beaver Brook Cascades, Kinsman Notch

Beaver Brook Cascades on Beaver Brook in Kinsman Notch of the New Hampshire White Mountains on a rainy spring day. The Appalachian Tail passes by these cascades.
Beaver Brook Cascades – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

Beaver Brook Cascades, Kinsman Notch– When it comes to waterfalls in the New Hampshire White Mountains, the waterfalls in Kinsman Notch are often overlooked. I can only guess Kinsman Notch’s reputation of having rough terrain is what keeps most away from exploring this incredible Notch.

Kinsman Notch has a number of named and unnamed waterfalls, and one of the more known ones is Beaver Brook Cascades. These cascades are on Beaver Brook, and the Appalachian Trail (Beaver Brook Trail) travels on the side of them. The earliest reference I have found to them is from the 1890s.

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Cold Brook Cascades, White Mountains

Memorial Bridge along the Link Trail in Randolph, New Hampshire. Built in the 1920s this stone bridge is a dedication to all the early pathmakers.
Memorial Bridge (Cold Brook) – Randolph, New Hampshire
 

Cold Brook Cascades, White Mountains – Cold Brook begins in King Ravine in the township of Low and Burbank's Grant and empties into the Moose River in Randolph. The 1908 map of the Northern Peaks of the Great Range and their Vicinity by Louis F. Cutter shows eleven marked cascades on Cold Brook. In the present day, the 9th edition of Randolph Paths states there are ten cascades on this brook.

Because of the minor discrepancy on the number of cascades, I based my work on the 1908 Louis Cutter map, which surprisingly is very accurate. I also referred to old A.M.C. White Mountain guidebooks. Out of the eleven cascades on Cold Brook, five of them are named. Two are known, Cold Brook Fall and Mossy Fall and the other three, Secunda Cascade, Tertia Cascade and Quarta Cascade have been forgotten over time.

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Birch Island Brook, Lincoln New Hampshire

Birch Island Brook in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA near Ice Pond.
Birch Island Brook – Lincoln, New Hampshire
 

Birch Island Brook Falls, Lincoln Looking at the above image of Birch Island Brook, near Ice Pond, in Lincoln, New Hampshire you would never think there would be a small picturesque waterfall along it. But you know the old saying, looks can be deceiving.

Over the years, I have explored numerous brooks in the White Mountains and have realized that the many of them have interesting features that offer unique photography opportunities. Birch Island Brook is an excellent example of this. And today, I want to share a few scenes from along the brook with you.

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Tributaries of the Wild Ammonoosuc River

 Tributary of the Wild Ammonoosuc River on the side of Mt. Blue in Kinsman Notch of the White Mountains, New Hampshire during the autumn months. This brooks runs on west of Beaver Pond.
Tributary of the Wild Ammonoosuc River – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

Tributaries of the Wild Ammonoosuc River – This week I started shooting along one of the tributaries of the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Kinsman Notch of New Hampshire. I was able to take advantage of an overcast day to create a handful of pleasing images along an unnamed brook that drains into the Wild Ammonoosuc.

Many of you have listened to me rant and rave about how great the tributaries of Lost River are, well the Wild Ammonoosuc River also has some great tributaries. All of the included cascades are along one brook, and they are possibly the forgotten Blue Ravine Cascades. Though the water level was low on the day I visited, I found them to be very interesting.

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Tributaries of Lost River, Kinsman Notch

Kinsman Notch - Tributary of Lost River in Woodstock, New Hampshire USA during the summer months. This notch has excellent hiking.
Tributary Near The Headwaters of Lost River – Mount Jim, Kinsman Notch
 

Tributaries of Lost River, Kinsman Notch – For the last few years, I have been capturing scenes along tributaries of Lost River in Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire. Kinsman Notch is located between Mount Moosilauke and the Kinsman Range along Route 112. Mostly known for the Lost River Reservation, Kinsman Notch, in my opinion, is one the most underused recreation areas in the White Mountains.

The number of brooks that drain into Lost River is amazing! And to make it a little more interesting, most of these brooks are not shown on maps. I decided to focus only on the tributaries south of Route 112 on the hillsides of Mount Jim and Mount Waternomee.

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Walker Cascades, Franconia Notch

Cascades during the spring months. These cascades are located along Walker Brook in Franconia Notch State Park of the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire.
Walker Cascades – Franconia Notch State Park 
 

Walker Cascades, Franconia Notch – Walker Cascades are a series of cascades on Walker Brook, just off the Old Bridle Path, in Franconia Notch in the New Hampshire White Mountains. And though these cascades are considered to be forgotten they are visited by many.

A few history books make reference to these cascades as being "Walker's Falls". But their description is for Stairs, Swiftwater and Cloudland Falls on Dry Brook. The name makes sense, but the location is off. Because Walker Brook and Dry Brook are located so close to one another, I understand the confusion.

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Kinsman Notch, Beaver Brook Cascades

Kinsman Notch - Beaver Brook Cascades during the spring months. These cascades are located along the Appalachian Tail in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire USA. These wodnerful cascades are on the side of the Appalachian Trail in Kinsman Notch and offer a great spot to relax and take in nature.
Kinsman Notch – Beaver Brook Cascades
 

The last few days I have been shooting in one of New Hampshire's windiest notches, Kinsman Notch. I'm always amazed at how the wind blows through this notch! Sometimes wind gusts are so strong they knock you off balance! On top of windy conditions, morning fog has also been an issue.

Early on one morning I managed to create these images along Beaver Brook. The fog acted like a diffuser and burned out the sun allowing for nice even and manageable light across the brook. No hot spots anywhere, a photographer's dream! You can see the fog in the upper half of the above image.

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Devils Kitchen Gorge, White Mountains

Devils Kitchen Gorge along Bumpus Brook in Randolph, New Hampshire USA during the autumn months.
Devils Kitchen Gorge – White Mountains, New Hampshire 
 

Devils Kitchen Gorge, New Hampshire – Devils Kitchen is a small interesting gorge along Bumpus Brook in Randolph, New Hampshire. There are many cascades along the brook to photograph, so plan on being in the area for a few hours. Coosauk Falls in one of the more interesting waterfalls in the area. It seems like I find a new vantage point every visit. Devils Kitchen can be easily reached using the Howker Ridge Trail.

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