Welcome to the photoblog of Erin Paul Donovan, a professional photographer located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire USA.
Specializing in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography mainly in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Image archive consists of forgotten history and landscape scenes of the White Mountains and New England region.
Russell-Colbath Homestead – Passaconaway, New Hampshire
Russell-Colbath House, Passaconaway – The Russell-Colbath House is a 19th-century historic house along the Kancamagus Highway in an area known as Passaconaway in Albany, New Hampshire. Albany was first chartered in 1766 under the name Burton and then renamed Albany in 1833. This old house holds the fascinating story of Ruth Priscilla Russell: the grand old lady of Passaconaway.
In the early 1800s, Austin George moved his family to Passaconaway. But tough times would force the George family to abandon the homestead and move to Bartlett in 1815. Their homestead was located just to the east of where the Russell-Colbath House now stands. What became of the George's dwellings is not completely clear. Because of its close proximity to the Russell dwelling and the George family connection, the Russell house is also referred to as the George House.
Ellen's Falls (top section) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Ellen's Falls, White Mountains – Ellen's Falls is a picturesque waterfall located on Hobbs Brook, about a mile upstream from its junction with the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, New Hampshire. And though I have read visiting these falls requires bushwhacking up the side of Hobbs Brook from the Kancamagus Highway, there is actually a gated Forest Road that can be used to reach the falls.
Hobbs Brook was probably named for one of Albany’s early settlers, Ruben Derban Hobbs who had a sawmill on the brook. But before Hobbs had his sawmill on the brook a man by the name of Ellen had a sawmill on the brook, and at the time locals referred to the brook as Ellen River. So it seems likely that Ellen’s Falls are named for him. At this point, I have found only one reference to Ellen.
Sunrise & Storm Clouds – Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
Storm Clouds, White Mountains – What is a New England photographer to do when the weather is less than ideal and not perfect photography conditions? A photographer could stay home and dream of beautiful puffy clouds as a backdrop, but that is not the way to build a strong image archive. As a photographer, the one thing I have learned over the years is to work with whatever mother nature throws at me on any given day.
Now I am not suggesting photographers put themselves in harms way to get the shot. But I do think marketable images can be created in poor weather conditions. New England photographers, focused on the outdoors, who only shoot in perfect photography conditions are limiting their production rate.
Ellens Falls – White Mountains, New Hampshire top section
Ellens Falls, New Hampshire – Located off the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in Albany, New Hampshire on Hobbs Brook, Ellens Falls is one of the many smaller waterfalls that often gets overlooked for one reason or another. I can only guess these falls go unnoticed because visitors are more interested in the easily accessible waterfalls along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway.
March 2011 "Super Worm" full moon – Hope everyone had a chance to see the March "Super Worm" full moon. The above scene is was from along the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire USA.
There were no interesting foreground subjects and with some pretty good wind gusts, I decided to focus on only the moon and not mess around with slow shutter speeds (needed to get some foreground detail). It was amazing to see the moon orange!
Kancamagus Scenic Byway, New Hampshire – The Kancamagus Scenic Byway, located in New Hampshire, is considered one of the best scenic drives in the Northeast. It is about 35 miles long and was opened in 1959 after two dead end roads, one in Lincoln and the other in Conway, were connected.
This scenic road is known worldwide for it outstanding foliage during the autumn months. And though the scenic byway attracts the most visitors during the autumn months, I think it is a great area to explore any time of year. Photographers will have endless photo opportunities.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway, New Hampshire – New stock photography images have been added to the ScenicNH Photography image archive. These images are focused around the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire USA. Above is a slideshow of scenes from along the Kancamagus Byway.
The Kancamagus Scenic Byway is considered to be one of New England's top scenic byways. The best time to drive, explore and photograph it is during peak foliage season. I also find the winter season a great time to explore the scenic byway, but autumn is best.
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