Winter, White Mountains – It is that time of year when we can expect snow any day in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Daytime temps have been on the cool side, and rime ice can already be found at the higher elevations. I suspect my hike to Mt Tecumseh in October was my last snow free summit until the spring season.
A fresh coating of snow transforms the White Mountains into a breathtaking landscape. And you do not have to travel far off the beaten path to find beautiful winter scenes. Included in this blog post are a few locations that are easily accessible (for the most part) during the winter. They may give you some ideas when planning your photo adventures this winter.
As I look at these images, I realize just how much I appreciate the simple scenes of the White Mountain National Forest. Even though both locations are only minutes off the beaten path, they represent nature in its grandest form. No sign of human impact anywhere, mankind is completely absent. Many nature lovers would consider this to be a perfect setting.
East Branch of the Pemigewasset River – Lincoln, New Hampshire
Northeast Foliage season is in full swing – The New Hampshire White Mountains region is exploding with color! Every corner of the region is displaying color, so much it is overwhelming. The roads have been bumper to bumper with leaf peepers, and every scenic pull off is jammed packed with vehicles. If you are looking to get away from the crowds, exploring one of the Northeast's backroads may be you best bet.
I can not wait to see what the foliage looks like on a bright sunny day! We have not seen the sun for the last five days, and all shooting has been done in rain, fog and overcast conditions. Though the cloud cover has been a great natural diffuser, it is time for the sun. I would also like to dry off my rain gear at some point.
Lincoln Woods Suspension Bridge – Lincoln, New Hampshire
September 22, 2012 – Autumn season officially starts today! The colors of the season are starting to appear here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is not peak foliage yet, but photographers visiting the region will have no problem finding something to shoot. Here are six locations I have photographed over the years you may want to consider for your foliage photographic journey.
It won't be long before New England is exploding with color! Here is a slideshow to get you in the mood for the autumn foliage season. If you prefer to view the above images in a gallery layout click here.
Will it be an excellent foliage season or a poor one is usually the topic of discussion around this time of year? Its fun reading all the predictions of when peak will be. Some experts are right on while others are way off. Though peak does fluctuate from year to year, I find September 30 – October 7 the best time photograph the foliage in the White Mountains region.
Some of the maples are starting to change here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, but for the most part it is still very early. Appearance wise, the trees look a lot better right now than they did when Tropical Storm Irene came through in 2011. I think it is going to be a great foliage season!
Photographers planning to visit the White Mountains of New Hampshire only for peak foliage season should keep your camera gear packed and ready because when peak does arrive, more than likely it will not last long. The areas I suggest photographing are Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch and Pinkham Notch. All three locations offer excellent photo opportunities.
Fletcher Cascades – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Fletcher Cascades, New Hampshire – Fletcher Cascades, located in Waterville Valley of New Hampshire, is an excellent series of cascades to photograph during the spring snow melt, when brooks and rivers are running high. During the summer season, they are no more than a trickle, but are still worth a visit if you are in the area.
I believe round trip is about 3 miles to the cascades using the Drakes Brook and Fletcher Cascades Trails, but do not quote me on this. I have never paid attention to the mileage. These cascades are one of my favorite spots to photograph when in the Waterville Valley area.
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