Posts Tagged: water source

Abandoned Dug Wells, White Mountains

Photo of dug wells. Colonel Lewis B. Smith site in Sandwich Notch in Sandwich, New Hampshire USA. This abandoned farmstead was occupied by three generations of the Smith family from the 18th century to the late 19th century.
Dug Well at Colonel Lewis B. Smith Homestead – Sandwich, New Hampshire

Abandoned Dug Wells, White Mountains – Today’s blog article focuses on a keyword. I chose one search term, abandoned dug wells, and searched my image archive for imagery that represents this subject matter. These keyword searches help identify the subjects I need more coverage of. As a photographer, creating an image of an abandoned dug well that is visually interesting can be a challenge.

The New Hampshire White Mountains are littered with abandoned eighteenth and nineteenth century homesteads. And many of these homesteads had a water source – the dug well. These wells were dug by hand to just below the water table and were lined with stones or other material to keep it from collapsing. If you find a dug well in the middle of the forest, there is a good chance you are in the area of an old homestead.

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Lincoln Woods Trail, Stream

Lincoln Woods - Stream on the side of Lincoln Woods Trail  in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Lincoln Woods Trail – Small Stream

Lincoln Woods Trail, Stream – Along the Lincoln Woods Trail in the New Hampshire White Mountains is a small stream that I have walked past countless times over the years when heading into the Pemigewasset Wilderness. For one reason or another, I have never given it a second look. Most of the time, harsh light and / or being on a time frame to get to a location is the reason. However, a few weeks ago the stream looked perfect, better than some waterfalls I have photographed.

The 2.9 mile-long Lincoln Woods Trails utilizes the railroad bed of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893-1948). And it is the gateway to the 45,000-acre Pemigewasset Wilderness. All types of outdoor enthusiasts (day hikers, fishermen, peakbaggers, railroad enthusiasts, etc.) use the trail. If interested, you can read more about the Lincoln Woods Trail here.

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