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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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Scenes of September, New Hampshire

September view of the Baker Floodwater Reservoir Site from Hildreth Dam in Warren, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Baker Floodwater Reservoir Site – Warren, New Hampshire
 

Scenes of September, New Hampshire – As I look back at the month of September, I have realized that it has been a very busy month. And as usual, there is never enough time in the day to get everything done that needs to be done. At any rate. September is one of my favorite months of the year here in the White Mountains because it is the start of autumn foliage season. I also love the cool nights that come with this month. 

My shooting schedule this month had me shooting many different subjects. I spent time shooting historic stone structures, landscapes, conservation issues, and a few forgotten waterfalls. I also did some scouting in northern New Hampshire in preparation for the autumn foliage season. And I spent some time exploring the backroads of the White Mountains.

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Autumn Foliage, Lakes & Ponds

Lakes & ponds of New Hampshire. Lonesome Lake from Hi-Cannon Trail. This trail leads to the summit of Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
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.

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Scenic Backroads, White Mountains

Backroads of New New Hampshire. Autumn foliage along Gale River Road in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Gale River Road – Bethlehem, New Hampshire
 

Scenic Backroads, White Mountains – I have been traveling the backroads of New Hampshire for many years, and always find interesting subject matter along them to photograph. From a photographer's viewpoint, I find autumn to be the best time to explore them. And the history attached to some of these roads is amazing.

Many of the backroads in the White Mountains are one lane dirt roads, and some such as Sandwich Notch Road are very rough, and only high clearance vehicles should attempt to drive these roads. Because not everyone is interested in hiking to a scenic location, here are a few backroads that are worth exploring.

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Scenes of August, New Hampshire

August, the Sanders Bridge along the Randolph Path in Low and Burbank's Grant, New Hampshire during the summer months.
Miriam Sanders Bridge – Low and Burbank's Grant, New Hampshire
 

Five images from the month of August – I can’t believe the month of August is just about over. And I realize that I am starting to repeat myself here but the time just flies by now. The White Mountains have been crazy this month. Parking at trailheads has been overflowing midweek, swimming holes packed, and moving around downtown Lincoln has been a slow process. But it is great to see people enjoying the White Mountains.

For the most part, my shooting schedule is planned out every month, and I very seldom roam aimlessly around the New Hampshire White Mountains with a camera. Once my schedule is set, I have to create an image of a given location no matter the conditions, and the included water scenes reflect this.

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Scenes of July, New Hampshire

Sunrise from along Route 93 in the northern section of Franconia Notch State Park in the New Hampshire White Mountains during the month of July.
Sunrise From Route 93 – Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire
 

Scenes of July, New Hampshire – As I sit here and write this blog article today, I can’t believe the month of July is over, and August is knocking at the door. This month flew by, and the weather has been a little on the humid side for me. I can’t help wonder what the weather is going to be in August. I have always enjoyed the summer months, but the older I get, the more and more I prefer shooting in the cold days of winter.

This month I have been mainly focused on shooting a long term project that I have been working on over the last few years. And at this stage of the game, I am shooting mostly in the Northern Presidential Range of the New Hampshire White Mountains.

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Scenes of June, New Hampshire

Beaver Pond in Kinsman Notch of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the month of June. Jakey's Crag is in the background.
Beaver Pond – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

Scenes of June, New Hampshire – Last month, I mentioned that many locals believe the 2016 summer season here in the White Mountains is going to be an extremely busy one. I have already seen an increase in tourism (biking, fishing, hiking, swimming, etc.) in my travels of the White Mountains region during the month of June. After a dismal ski season, this will be a great boost for the local economy.

Even though Coos and Grafton counties are currently under a flash flood watch, June has been a dry month. Many of the brooks and rivers here in the White Mountains are running low, to the point where a few are almost dried up. Other than not receiving much rain this month, the weather has been great. And I have been making the most out of the long summer days to create new imagery.

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Scenes of May, New Hampshire

Cascade and pool along Harvard Brook in Lincoln, New Hampshire during the spring month of May. The Georgiana Falls Path passes by this small pool and May is a great time to photograph them.
Harvard Brook – Lincoln, New Hampshire
 

Scenes of May, New Hampshire – The grass is finally green, and the weather has been great during the month of May here in the New Hampshire White Mountains. And the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day weekend, is only a few days away. Some seem to think that this summer tourist season is going to be a busy one, and from what I am seeing, when out and about, I feel it is going to be even busier than last summer.

One of the challenges working nature photographers have to deal with is finding a good balance between field time and office time. The reality is we spend most of the time in the office, not out in the field creating imagery. This month is the first month in years that I had a good balance between the two.

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