Posts Tagged: travel & tourism



Forgotten White Mountains

Photos showing the forgotten White Mountains. Mount Washington from the summit of Mount Jefferson in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA  during the summer months.
Mount Washington – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Forgotten White Mountains – When most think about the New Hampshire White Mountains, the beauty of the region first comes to mind. The mighty Mount Washington rules the Presidential Range and keeps visitors of the area busy for hours. And during the winter months, ski areas offer an unforgettable view of the mountains blanketed in snow. The White Mountains are an outdoor lover’s paradise.

What I just described is tourism (camping, fishing, hiking, skiing, etc.) and it has been a big part of the White Mountains since the early days. And it has been said the historic August 1826 Willey landslide tragedy in Crawford Notch had a connection to the rise of tourism in America. Now in the 21st century, historical sites are of great interest to many, so today I am going to share a few photos of the forgotten White Mountains.

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Hand of Man in Nature

Hand of man scene. Mount Monroe with Mount Washington in the background from the Appalachian Trail in Sargent's Purchase, New Hampshire.
Mount Monroe – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Hand of Man in Nature, White Mountains – Last week I wrote about how some photographers believe that a true landscape or nature scene is a scene that is absent of all human elements. The scene itself showcases the pure beauty of nature. Well, the opposite of the pure nature scene is the hand of man scene, which includes human elements. Can you see the human element in the above scene?

I prefer to create images that include the hand of man only because they show the interaction we have with the environment. When some people hear the “hand of man” they think of the negative impact that we are doing to the environment. But in photography, the hand of man scene is not always focused on negative impact.

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Pure Nature Scenes, White Mountains

Black Pond on the side of Black Pond Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire. This forest was logged during the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad era, which as was a logging railroad in operation from 1893-1948.
Black Pond – Lincoln, New Hampshire
 

Pure Nature Scenes, White Mountains – In photography, many organizations and photographers consider a true nature scene to be a scene that is absent of any human elements. The scene itself showcases the pure beauty of nature. So keeping with the spirit of nature photography here are a few nature scenes that represent the New Hampshire White Mountains.

Admittedly, I prefer to include the hand of man in my images mainly because it shows our influence on nature. A pile of trash left in the middle of a pristine wilderness is the classic example. Of all the impact we do to nature, for some reason, trash upsets outdoor enthusiasts the most. But that is for another day today it is all about pure nature scenes.

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Scenes of December, New Hampshire

A winter hiker traveling north on the Appalachian Trail (Gulfside Trail) in extreme weather conditions in the New Hampshire White Mountains during the winter months. Mount Madison, the northernmost peak in the Presidential Range, is in the background.
Random Image From Archive – Mount Madison, New Hampshire
 

Scenes of December, New Hampshire – December is one of my favorite times of the year here in the White Mountains because the landscape is usually covered in snow. And unlike last year, the landscape is covered in snow this month! It has been snowing on and off all month, and the temperatures have been on the cool side. The snow-covered mountains look great! And I can’t wait to get back to shooting after my vacation.

Since January of 2013, I have written one blog article every month that showcases five images I created during the month. These articles were intended to help you understand my lifestyle as a photographer. Well, it is time to replace this monthly article topic with a new one. I am thinking the new article topic will be “My Viewpoint”.

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Scenes of November, New Hampshire

November scene of leaf drop along Thornton Gore Road in Thornton, New Hampshire during the autumn months.
Leaf Drop – Thornton, New Hampshire
 

Scenes of November, New Hampshire – November in the White Mountains is unlike any other month. For a short period of time during this month, in between leaf peeping and ski season, the region is comparable to a ghost town. And as a photographer, I like this time of year because I can move around the White Mountains without getting in the way of others who are visiting the region.

If you have followed my work for any length of time, you know that my monthly shooting schedule is planned out in advance. For this month, seventy percent of shooting was very local and focused on one of the old hill farming communities in the area.

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Scenes of October, New Hampshire

Echo Lake in Franconia Notch State Park of the New Hampshire White Mountains on an autumn October night.
Echo Lake During An October Night – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

Six images from the month of October – The month of October is one of my favorite times of the year to be out shooting and exploring the White Mountains. As we came into the autumn season this year many, including myself, were unsure how the foliage was going to look here in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Well, it turns out the 2016 autumn foliage season was the best I have seen in years.

Like every other month of the year, my shooting schedule was planned out in advance for October. I had very specific locations this month that I needed to shoot in peak foliage. However, I did leave one day open just to roam around the White Mountains aimlessly with my camera, something I don’t usually do these days.

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2016 Autumn Season, White Mountains

Reflection of autumn foliage on Mount Deception in a small pond along Old Cherry Mountain Road in Carroll, New Hampshire USA during the autumn months.
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.

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