Kancamagus Scenic Byway – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Snow, White Mountains Weather – During the winter months, the New Hampshire White Mountains come to life. Skiers take to the ski resorts, snowmobilers ride the hundreds of miles of groomed trails, and hikers explore the snow-covered trails. Winters that produce lots of snow are good for the New Hampshire economy (tourism industry), while the winters that have little snowfall can be detrimental to the local economy.
My favorite time of year to shoot in the White Mountains is during the winter season. When covered in snow the landscape of the White Mountains is transformed into a peaceful winter wonderland. Included in this blog article are a few snow scenes that showcase the winter season.
Carter Dome – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Winter Forest Scenes, White Mountains – When most think of the New Hampshire White Mountains, they think of the mountain landscapes that dominate the region, and not the actual forests, lakes, trails, and wetlands that make up the landscape. Today I want to share with you a few winter forest scenes that showcase the White Mountains. Maybe they will give you some ideas for your next photography or hiking adventure.
In the 1800s and early 1900s, extreme logging practices drastically altered the landscape of the White Mountains to the point where the forests were described as wastelands. But now in the twenty-first century, the forests are thriving because the logging practices of yesteryear are no longer tolerated.
Windy Conditions – Mt Tecumseh, White Mountains
Windy Weather, White Mountains – As an environmental photographer, I try to document every aspect of nature that is interesting. I also try to think out of the box and create images that will be beneficial to have on file for future use. Weather related images are always in demand and are good to have on file.
I find it a challenge to create images that showcase the power of wind, winter and nature. To create a great image that includes these three elements everything has to line up perfectly, and most times they don’t. Being in the right place at the right time does help, but this means shooting in less than ideal conditions and my camera gear does take a beaten.
Mt Tecumseh – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Winter, White Mountains – It is that time of year when we can expect snow any day in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Daytime temps have been on the cool side, and rime ice can already be found at the higher elevations. I suspect my hike to Mt Tecumseh in October was my last snow free summit until the spring season.
A fresh coating of snow transforms the White Mountains into a breathtaking landscape. And you do not have to travel far off the beaten path to find beautiful winter scenes. Included in this blog post are a few locations that are easily accessible (for the most part) during the winter. They may give you some ideas when planning your photo adventures this winter.
Mount Osceola Trail – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Mount Osceola Trail, White Mountains – The New Hampshire White Mountains have been photographed inside and out and possibly from every vantage point. And it has become common to see identical shots of a location from two, three or four photographers. Some images are so identical it looks as if photographers set up their tripods in the same spot.
One of the greatest challenges of a photographer in the White Mountains is to find a different perspective of any location. Looking for a different perspective has become such a habit I often overlook simple scenes.
Franconia Notch State Park – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Artists Bluff, Franconia Notch State Park – Artists Bluff is a rocky outcrop on the north end of Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This outcrop offers a unique view of Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch Parkway, Eagle Cliff, Echo Lake and of Mount Lafayette.
The hike is only about a 20 minute hike (one way) from Echo Lake, but the views are worth it! Hopefully on the day of your visit clouds will dominate the sky, making for the perfect White Mountains scene.
Liberty Gorge – Lincoln, New Hampshire Spring
Liberty Gorge, Franconia Notch – Cascade Brook flows through this gorge in the Flume Gorge area of Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln, New Hampshire. And it is one of the many interesting natural features of Franconia Notch. Today, this water feature is known both as Liberty Gorge and Liberty Gorge Cascades.
Known as Langton's Cascades (named for Mr. Langton, a regular summer guest at the Flume House)* in the 1800s, this gorge was forgotten about until 1928 when the former Flume director C.T. Bodwell rediscovered it. At the time, Bodwell could find no one who knew about it, so he named it “Tawadina Gorge”. And the gorge did appear on a circa 1934 map of the Flume area as Tawadina Gorge, but it would be renamed Liberty Gorge.
Swift River – White Mountains, New Hampshire Summer
Swift River, White Mountains – Living in the White Mountains of New Hampshire I have the benefit of being able to photograph locations during all four seasons. One area of the White Mountains I have photographed in every season is the Swift River along the Kancamagus Scenic Bypass.
When building an image archive, photographing locations in every season can be beneficial, but photographers must keep in mind that building a successful image archive involves photographing new locations and scenes, not photographing the some scene over and over.