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.
Mount Chocorua Scenic Area – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Mount Chocorua Scenic Area, New Hampshire – Mount Chocorua is not a roadside attraction and requires photographers to hike a number of miles before reaching the summit. With numerous trails leading to Mount Chocorua, it is best you pick up a trail map and decide what route you want to hike. If you are not interested in hiking to the summit, you can also photograph Mount Chocorua from Chocorua Lake. Chocorua Lake is easy to access from along Route 16.
Kinsman Notch – Beaver Brook Cascades
The last few days I have been shooting in one of New Hampshire's windiest notches, Kinsman Notch. I'm always amazed at how the wind blows through this notch! Sometimes wind gusts are so strong they knock you off balance! On top of windy conditions, morning fog has also been an issue.
Early on one morning I managed to create these images along Beaver Brook. The fog acted like a diffuser and burned out the sun allowing for nice even and manageable light across the brook. No hot spots anywhere, a photographer's dream! You can see the fog in the upper half of the above image.
Pinkham Notch during the autumn months – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire – Planning a photography trip to Pinkham Notch is rewarding anytime of year, but I have to suggest the autumn season when the New Hampshire landscape is exploding with beautiful foliage. The foliage is incredible and worth the visit even if you have no interest in photography!
Sculptured Rocks Natural Area – Groton, New Hampshire
Sculptured Rocks Natural Area, New Hampshire – A short ride from Newfound Lake in Bristol, New Hampshire is Sculptured Rocks Natural Area in Groton, New Hampshire. This Natural Area spans 272 acres and is located on the Cockermouth River. It was formed at the end of the Great Ice Age.
A sign (above) at the gorge provides information on how the gorge was formed. Directions from Route 93 in North Hampton can be found here and will be helpful if you don't know the area.
Route 26 from the steep cliffs of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire
Dixville Notch State Park, New Hampshire – Dixville Notch State Park consists of 127 acres along Route 26 in Dixville, New Hampshire. This state park has many opportunities for hikers, photographers, tourists and waterfall buffs. Personally, I prefer to visit Dixville Notch during the autumn months, during peak foliage, but the notch is interesting any time of year.