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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.