Posts Tagged: franconia notch

Echo Lake, Franconia Notch

Franconia Notch State Park from Artists Bluff during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Echo Lake (center) is frozen over and Cannon Mountain is on the right.
Echo Lake from Artists Bluff – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire

Echo Lake, Franconia Notch – Many photographers who visit the New Hampshire White Mountains are interested in roadside attractions that can be easily reached. So today I am going to share a great location, Echo Lake, in the northern section of Franconia Notch State Park.

From a history point of view, Franconia Notch is amazing. One of the more interesting events that took place in Franconia Notch was on Echo Lake. According to the book “A History of Cannon Mountain: Trails, Tales and Ski Legends” By Meghan McCarthy McPhaulan an event called the “Road-E-O” car race was held on Echo Lake when it was frozen during the 1950s to raise funds for the Franconia Ski Club (FSC). The FSC was founded in 1933, and they are one of the reasons why Cannon Mountain is what it is today.

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Scenes of March, New Hampshire

The Pliny Range from Cherry Pond at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson, New Hampshire during the month of March. The Cohos Trail passes by Cherry Pond.
Cherry Pond – Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire

Scenes of March, New Hampshire – The weather here in the New Hampshire White Mountains during the month of March has been very interesting. The lower elevations have been snow-free for most of the month, and the higher elevations can be best described as an icy mess. And because of the mild winter and warm weather, bears are coming out of their dens early.

Being a native to New Hampshire, who loves the serenity of a snow-covered forest, I have always preferred winters that have large amounts of snow. Well, the 2015-2016 winter season is officially over, and we hardly had any snow here in the White Mountains, but I took advantage of the snow-less winter and scouted out areas I will be shooting in the spring and summer seasons.

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Greenleaf Trail, Mount Lafayette

Rock steps along Greenleaf Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire USA during the summer months. A path has formed on the right hand side to avoid the stone steps.
Greenleaf Trail – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Greenleaf Trail, Mount Lafayette – Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the 3.8 mile long Greenleaf Trail is named for Colonel Charles Henry Greenleaf, once owner of the Profile House in Franconia Notch. And the Greenleaf Hut is also named in his honor.

The Greenleaf Trail begins in Franconia Notch at the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway parking lot; it travels through an interesting forest, passes by Greenleaf Hut, and eventually ends on the summit of Mount Lafayette where a summit house once stood. And though the trail is located in a busy hiking area of the White Mountains it is lightly maintained. Hikers will actually feel like they are traversing a hiking trail.

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Dry Brook Waterfalls, Franconia Notch

Franconia Notch State Park - Stairs Falls during the spring months. This waterfall is located on Dry Brook in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA The Falling Waters Trail passes by it.
Stairs Falls – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire

Dry Brook Waterfalls, Franconia Notch With spring officially here, many are making plans to photograph waterfalls in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Today, I am going to introduce to you three waterfalls in Franconia Notch that may interest you. You may not recognize the name “Dry Brook”. But once you view the included images you will realize that two well known waterfalls in the White Mountains are on it.

These are not roadside waterfalls, and a photographer must hike up the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia Notch to reach them. Be forewarned, the terrain is very rugged, and only ones who are comfortable hiking in rough terrain should venture to these waterfalls. I hate making these comments but feel obligated to.

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2014 Favorite Images White Mountains

Durand Lake in Randolph, New Hampshire USA at sunrise during the autumn months.
Durand Lake – Randolph, New Hampshire

2014 Favorite Images – It is that time of year again when I reflect on a years worth of shooting, and share with you my ten favorite images from the 2014 season. These images are the ones that stood out to me over the year. You can see a larger preview of any image by clicking on it.

Working with photography day in and day out, I tend to forget some of the incredible places I visit during the year. This end of the season post helps remind me of these places, and as to why I became a photographer in the first place. This year I included a few images not from the White Mountains to break it up some. I say it every year, and I am going to say it again today, the landscape of the White Mountains is incredible!

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Old Man of the Mountain, Franconia Notch

This is a 35 MM slide that has been digitized - Silhouette of the Old Man of the Mountain profile. Discovered in 1805 the Old Man profile was the main attraction of Franconia Notch until it collapsed on May 3, 2003. This profile was on the side of Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire.
Old Man of the Mountain – 35MM 

Old Man of the Mountain, Franconia Notch – On May 3, 2003, New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain, also known as "The Great Stone Face" and "The Profile" collapsed. The above image, taken around 2001, is one of only a few images I have left of the Old Man rock profile. This old grainy 35MM slide represents the Old Man I knew over the years. Long live the Old Man!

Discovered and first recorded in 1805 by a survey party, the Old Man of the Mountain profile was a natural rock feature on the side of Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch; it was the main attraction of Franconia Notch for 198 years. According to Moses F. Sweetser in The White Mountains Handbook for Travellers (1873), the two surveyors were Frank Whitcomb and Luke Brooks. However, there are a few different stories about who actually discovered the rock profile*.

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