Beware of Vandalism – New Hampshire
Vandalism, White Mountains – I have been reminiscing about all the conversations I have had this year. And a common topic among many outdoor enthusiasts is all the vandalism in the White Mountains. So today’s blog article focuses on the keyword search term “vandalism”. And this imagery is intended to create awareness for a very concerning issue here in the New Hampshire White Mountains. However, keep in mind that some outdoor enthusiasts feel some of the below acts of vandalism are perfectly acceptable.
When creating awareness for the impact we have on the environment, the norm in today’s outdoor world is to use breathtaking landscape photos of a region. But as an environmental / conservation photographer, when creating awareness for the White Mountains environment, I prefer to use photos that show the impact. I believe showing the actual damage leaves a lasting impression on outdoor enthusiasts. And it influences us to practice “Leave No Trace” and be better stewards of the land.
Front Cover – 2018 White Mountains Wall Calendar
2018 New Hampshire White Mountains Wall Calendar – It is calendar season! And today, I want to share with you the front and back covers of my scenic White Mountains calendar. This is a professional designed and printed 12-month calendar, and it measures 12” x 12" closed, and 12” x 24” when opened. It has a date grid for noting appointments, and also includes holidays of major religions, phases of the moon, and sunrise and sunset times. The calendar showcases the landscape of the New Hampshire White Mountains.
On the front cover (above) is Cherry Mountain from Moorhen Marsh. This view can be seen from along the Presidential Range Rail Trail at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge. Pondicherry is an incredible place worth visiting at least once. Though close to civilization the refuge is very peaceful, and I visit it as much as psossible. Sunrise and sunset are great times to visit the area. This scene of Cherry Mountain also represents the month of June.
Old Hay Rake – Thornton Gore, New Hampshire
Thornton Gore Hill Farming Settlement – Many consider Thornton Gore or the "Gore” to be the northern section of Thornton New Hampshire in the area of where Talford and Eastman Brook meet. However, I am currently reading Family Farm by Dick Bradley. And he refers to farms that were located just north of Johnson Brook as being part of the Gore. That area seems to be a little further south of the area today’s historians consider to be the Gore. But because Bradley lived in the Gore, I would have to say his information is accurate.
My work is based on an 1860 map of Thornton by H.F. Walling, a couple of historic resources, and days of field research. And I have focused mainly on the area surrounding Talford and Eastman Brook. This section of Thornton Gore had a bunch of farms, a few mills, a school, two cemeteries, and a church. The 1860 map I am using shows at least twenty-two dwellings in this area.
July 2014, Fresh Cutting – Mt Tecumseh, New Hampshire
Mount Tecumseh Vandalism, Illegal Cutting – When I first went public with the environmental issues on Mount Tecumseh, I was warned that my business would become the focal point of a smear campaign if I continued to cover the issues. After years of covering issues on this mountain, I can say that the harassment I have received has not deterred me from creating awareness for the human impact on Mount Tecumseh.*
According to Forest Service, the cutting on New Hampshire's Mount Tecumseh is illegal, and is considered vandalism to National Forest land. As far as I know, Forest Service's law enforcement division is still actively investigating the cutting. For my involvement, as a photographer, I have been unofficially volunteering my time to document the cutting. I am against this type of vandalism, and report any findings to Forest Service.
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.
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.
Snyder Brook Valley From The Inlook Trail – Randolph, New Hampshire
Snyder Brook Waterfalls, White Mountains – Located in the New Hampshire town of Randolph and the township of Low and Burbank's Grant Snyder Brook is a photographer’s and waterfall enthusiasts paradise. The lower portion of Snyder Brook is within the thirty-six acre Snyder Brook Scenic Area, which contains an impressive stand of old growth hemlock and red spruce.
In September of 1875 William G. Nowell, a 19th-century trail builder, named Snyder Brook for Charles E. Lowe’s dog (ref: 1915 Appalachia Vol.13). Lowe was also a 19th-century trail builder and mountain guide. Lowe and Nowell are credited for building Lowe’s Path in 1875-1876, one of the oldest trails in continuous use in the White Mountains. An 1896 map of Randolph indicates that Snyder Brook was once known as Salmacis Brook.