Posts Tagged: national forest

Scree Walls, Trail Stewardship

Scree walls, hiker descending Boott Spur Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Afternoon sun reflects off the Wildcat Ski Mountain. A scree wall is in view. Scree walls are built on the edge of trails to discourage hikers from going off trail. Building these small walls helps protect the fragile alpine habitat.
Scree Walls – Boott Spur Trail, New Hampshire

Scree Walls, Trail Stewardship – Today’s blog article focuses on a keyword search term. I chose one search term in this case “scree wall” and searched my image archive to see what imagery I have available that represents this area of trail stewardship. As photographer, these keyword searches help me determine what subject matter I need more coverage of. The below imagery showcases this search term.

In the alpine zones of the New Hampshire White Mountains, trail stewards build scree walls on the edge of trails. These non intrusive walls keep hikers on a defined path in the alpine zones, and this helps protect the fragile alpine habitat. Some of the alpine flowers that grow in New Hampshire are rare and only grow in the alpine zones of New Hampshire so protecting this habitat is essential.

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New Hampshire Image Collection

Image of the Presidential Range from Cherry Pond at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson, New Hampshire. The Presidential Range Rail Trail passes by Cherry Pond.
Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge – Jefferson, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Stock Photography Image Collection – For the last few days, I have been updating the image collections and galleries on the website with new stock photography images. I find updating the galleries with new imagery to be very time-consuming, but also enjoyable because I am able to review the imagery I have created over the years. Images that I created five plus years ago, I am just now making public.

As a photographer, I have learned that there are many different types of scenes that showcase the landscape of New Hampshire (and New England). Today, I want to share with you the nine image collections that make up my website. An image collection consists of image galleries that are all focused on a similar subject. Each of these collections showcases the landscape of New Hampshire in some way.

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Human Impact, White Mountains

Impact photo of glass bottles thrown in the forest of Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham, New Hampshire.
Green Glass Bottles – New Hampshire

Human Impact, White Mountains – From a photographer’s point of view, I believe showing the ongoing human impact in the New Hampshire White Mountains creates awareness for what we are doing to our public lands. Overcrowding, vandalism, and litter is a huge problem.

Every day beautiful landscape photos of the New Hampshire White Mountains are posted on all the social networking websites, and this creates a false belief that the White Mountains are in a state of pristine condition. In life, and as an environmental photographer, I'm a realist, and I don’t believe in this fantasy world approach to conservation. Today, I am going to share with you a few unflattering images of the White Mountains. Out of the eleven scenes in this blog article, seven of them are linked to hiking.

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Winter Forest Scenes, White Mountains

Winter forest scene of a snowshoer on the Carter-Moriah Trail in winter conditions near the summit of Carter Dome in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Carter Dome – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Winter Forest Scenes, White Mountains – When most think of the New Hampshire White Mountains, they think of the mountain landscapes that dominate the region, and not the actual forests, lakes, trails, and wetlands that make up the landscape. Today I want to share with you a few winter forest scenes that showcase the White Mountains. Maybe they will give you some ideas for your next photography or hiking adventure.

In the 1800s and early 1900s, extreme logging practices drastically altered the landscape of the White Mountains to the point where the forests were described as wastelands. But now in the twenty-first century, the forests are thriving because the logging practices of yesteryear are no longer tolerated.

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Kanc 7 Landing Area, Photo Monitoring

Photo Monitoring - Regrowth (foreground) of forest three months after a controlled burn in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
August 2011 – No Landing Area Yet

Kanc 7 Timber Harvest Landing Area, Photo Monitoring – The photos included in this blog article show how a parcel of land in the area of Forest Road 510 along the Kancamagus Highway in the New Hampshire White Mountains has changed over time. The first image (above), taken in August 2011, three months after Forest Service did a controlled burn here, shows how this land parcel looked before it was transformed into a landing area for the Kanc 7 Timber Harvest Project. And the last image is from Auugst 2014.

I am using a technique known as photo monitoring to document this parcel of land. Photo monitoring consists of repeat photography of an area over a period of time. And the ending result is an interesting visual journal that showcases the environmental changes of a particular area.

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Lafayette Brook Scenic Area, Franconia

Lafayette Brook Scenic Area during the summer months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Old growth forest can be found in the Lafayette Brook Scenic Area.
Lafayette Brook Scenic Area from the Franconia Bike Path

Lafayette Brook Scenic Area – The officially designated Lafayette Brook Scenic Area is in Franconia, New Hampshire; part of the White Mountains. Consisting of 990 acres, it has a remoteness to it that is comparable to the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The V shape of the valley is likely the reason as to why the area has a secluded feeling.

The photographic subject matter varies from an old growth forest on the backside of Eagle Cliff to a scenic waterfall (on Lafayette Brook) deep in the valley. It's also a great place to explore different forest communities. Explorations of this scenic area usually start at the old bridge that crosses Lafayette Brook on the north end of the Franconia Bike Path. But for the more adventurous, study a map of the area for other options.

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Willey Brook Falls, Crawford Notch

Crawford Notch State Park - Willey Brook Trestle along the old Maine Central Railroad in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. The Mt. Willard Section House was located just to the right of the trestle. This railroad is now used by  the Conway Scenic Railroad.
Willey Brook Trestle – Crawford Notch, New Hampshire 

Willey Brook Falls, Crawford Notch – These falls are an impressive series of cascades located on Willey Brook, above Willey Brook Trestle (above), on the side of Mount Willard in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. The real adventure is just getting to them, which can be tricky if you use the wrong route.

The Willey Brook area is more of a gorge, and it is best to study a map of the area before exploring the brook. The gorge alone will lead to hours of exploring so plan on spending a few hours at this location.

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East Branch & Lincoln Railroad – Artifact

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Artifacts (horseshoe) in wetlands area near Camp 9 which was a logging camp along the East Branch & Lincoln Logging Railroad in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad was a logging railroad that operated from 1893-1948. This area was logged during the early stages of the railroad era suggesting this artifact has been in the water for many years.
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad – Artifact 

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad – Always look in the water, because you never know what you will find! The above photo is of an old horseshoe (artifact) in a wetlands area of the Pemigewasset Wilderness near Camp 9. Camp 9 was a rail-side logging camp located along the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (EB&L) in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA.

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