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.
April's Moonrise – Mount Eisenhower, New Hampshire
Scenes of April, White Mountains – Here in the New Hampshire White Mountains, the weather we have had during the month of April has been your typical, unsettled crazy New England weather. The last few days, the daytime temperatures have been more of what we would expect in late October and November, and it has been snowing on and off. I still have not put the snowshoes away yet for the season.
I love the month of April, the snow is slowly melting away making the waterscapes interesting and somewhere in the state of New Hampshire flowers are starting to bloom. It won't be long before the landscape of the White Mountains is lush green, and we are wearing shorts again. Earth Day is also celebrated this month, which is an annual event that many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement.
Snowshoes – White Mountains, New Hampshire
March, White Mountains – In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, March marks the start of spring, but you would never know it with the amount of snow still in the backcountry. We have had cloudy days, cold days, warm days, rainy days and a few snowy days this month. I can honestly say I will be glad when I can officially put the snowshoes away this season.
When I first got into photography, seventeen years ago, I had envisioned hiking all over the White Mountains photographing endless sunrises and sunsets from mountain tops, but was given a reality check when I realized the New England photography market was, and still is, flooded with this type of imagery. I decided to make a change back then and focus on environmental subjects, and less mountain sunrise and sunset scenes. Today, I look at these five images and realize that one single decision I made many years ago put me on track.
Blue Hour – Mount Lafayette, New Hampshire
February, White Mountains – Much like January, February has been a very cold month to be out shooting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The wind-chills have been brutal this month, and my cold weather gear has been getting a workout. Staying warm and keeping the camera gear working in subzero temperatures has been a challenge all month. As of this writing, February is on track to be the second coldest February in New Hampshire since weather observers started keeping records in the 1800s.
I have learned over the years that February weather in the White Mountains is no joke and needs to be taken seriously. The unpredictable New England weather patterns usually make this one of the toughest months to be outdoors creating imagery of the mountain environment.
Owl's Head (Cherry Mountain) – Carroll, New Hampshire
January, New Hampshire – This month’s weather has been a little on the crazy side, and we seem to be having an endless stretch of cold temperatures. Every trip I took into the White Mountains during the month of January has been on overcast days or cold windy days, and the sunsets have been a bust.
January is a great time to make a change, and this year I have decided to handle a few things differently than past years. Most of you are aware that I document environmental issues in the White Mountains, but this year I am publicly sharing the issues I will be documenting in 2015. Take a look when you get a chance here.
Mount Jim – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
December Scenes , White Mountains – Much of New Hampshire is snow free, but the White Mountains and the Great North woods are covered in snow. December has had some interesting weather, and many of the notches and higher elevations have enough snow for snowshoeing. It has been a fun few weeks!
December means it is time for me to close the books on 2014, and prepare for the 2015 season. I also spent much of this month shipping out White Mountains calendars, and my field time is very local and limited. For some reason, I am a few days ahead of schedule this year, which is always a good thing.
Cloudy Day – Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
November, White Mountains – Here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire November is known for cloudy and overcast days. And we have had many clouds days this month! We also had a stretch of very cold weather, but as I type this it is 55 degrees out. How can you not love New England weather!
November is an interesting time of year in the White Mountains. Most of the tourists have disappeared, and the area is quiet until the ski areas open for the season. You will find many photographers refer to this month as “shoulder season” which just means the conditions are less than ideal to create pleasing imagery. Personally, I love the challenge of trying to create images during this month.