Posts Tagged: winter photography

January Scenes, New Hampshire

View of the Presidential Range at sunset from Owl's Head (Cherry Mountain) in Carroll, New Hampshire USA during the winter months.
Owl's Head (Cherry Mountain) – Carroll, New Hampshire

January, New Hampshire – This month’s weather has been a little on the crazy side, and we seem to be having an endless stretch of cold temperatures. Every trip I took into the White Mountains during the month of January has been on overcast days or cold windy days, and the sunsets have been a bust.

January is a great time to make a change, and this year I have decided to handle a few things differently than past years. Most of you are aware that I document environmental issues in the White Mountains, but this year I am publicly sharing the issues I will be documenting in 2015. Take a look when you get a chance here.

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Scenes of January, White Mountains

Greeley Pond Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Greeley Pond Trail – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Scenes of January, White Mountains – 2014 has officially started, and it looks like its going to be a great year shooting the White Mountains environment. I'm pretty excited for the New Year! Much of my focus will be on areas of the White Mountains I have little coverage of and forests.

January started off with fresh snow and extremely cold weather. The cold conditions kept most off the trails of the White Mountains so I was able to shoot along trails without getting in the way of hikers. To be in a forest after a snow storm is a great feeling!

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December, White Mountains

Franconia Notch State Park from Bald Mountain in the White Mountains, New Hampshire during the month of December.
Franconia Notch – White Mountains, New Hampshire

December, White Mountains – Is another year really gone? Wow time flies! For me, December means cleaning external hard drives, more research for 2014 projects, and time off to enjoy the holidays.

Cleaning hard drives involves going through external hard drives filled with imagery I shot during 2013 and deleting the images I will never use. I learned early on not to delete images right away, unless they were just plain bad or out of focus. This approach usually leads to finding images I overlooked during the year, but that is for another blog post, today is about images from the month of December.

Franconia Notch State Park - Sunset from Bald Mountain in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Bald Mountain – White Mountains New Hampshire

Even though I planned on doing office work for most of December, I did get out and shoot. I stayed near home and shot in the Franconia Notch State Park region of the White Mountains. If visiting the White Mountains, I recommend exploring the roadside attractions along Franconia Notch Parkway in Franconia Notch.

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Scenes of March, New Hampshire

Swift River during the winter months in Albany, New Hampshire USA. This river travels along side of the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, which is one of New England's scenic byways. Mount Passaconaway is off in the distance.
Swift River – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Scenes of March, New Hampshire – During March I spent a few days shooting along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I wanted to shoot a few locations along the Byway that have eluded me over the years, but was mainly interested in the Passaconaway settlement.

Just like January and February, March had a few snowstorms that created breathtaking snowscapes. To be in a forest after a snowstorm should be on everyone's bucket list. Its just a great feeling! Heres a few images from this month. Hope you enjoy them. 

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February, New Hampshire

Franconia Notch State Park - Walking path near Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge during the winter months in Lincoln, New Hampshire, USA (ScenicNH Photography LLC | Erin Paul Donovan)
Franconia Notch State Park – Lincoln, NH

February, New Hampshire – When shooting for the ScenicNH Photography archive I find self assignments and a little direction to be very beneficial. On top of my everyday shooting, I try to focus on one subject every month that is connected to the environment.

Examples of past subjects I have focused on include extreme weather, backcountry camping impact, and trail stewardship. This approach has allowed me to build an extensive, marketable and profitable image archive of the White Mountains. The subject for this month is "snowshoe tracks", see some shots below.

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Winter Hiking Safety and Photography

Appalachian Trail - Half moon at dawn from the summit of Mount Pierce in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Mt Pierce at dawn – White Mountains, NH 

Winter Hiking Safety and Photography – One winter, before sunrise, I was setup near the summit of Mt Pierce in the New Hampshire White Mountains photographing the moon. It was a perfect morning to be on the ridge with the temperature around 10 degrees.

As I was doing this, I watched a hiker come up out of the brush on the east / southeastern side of Mt Pierce. He was completely off track, and not on the trail. It caught me by surprise because the southeastern side of the mountain is not the best place to be during the winter months.

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