Summer Wanderings Part 2: New Hampshire

From Sea Level to the Top of New Hampshire

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The summit of Mt Washington from the 5,000 foot mark of the Auto Road

Welcome to part two of our summer wanderings – featuring the great state of New Hampshire.  Full disclosure – I may be a bit partial to the ol’ Granite State, having been born and raised in southern New Hampshire.  I’ve got many fond memories – from evening picnics at Great Island Common to summer camps in the White Mountains, and a harrowing trip up the Mt. Washington Auto Road in and old Volvo 240 station wagon.  In fact, after a bit of convincing, we decided to reenact the later memory with our young family. And so, we piled into the Honda and ventured up the steep, eight-mile road to the clouds.  The Auto Road is actually billed as the oldest purpose-made tourist attraction in the US, opening in 1861 with carriage rides up to the summit.

On our trip up, things were pretty uneventful, aside from a cloud-covered summit and its sustained 50 mph winds with gusts to 70 mph – made all the more enjoyable by temperatures barely above 50 degrees.  I’ve got to say, it was a pleasant break from the rather stagnant 90 degree weather at the base of the mountain.  At 6,288 feet, Mt Washington is the tallest mountain in the Appalachians north of Virginia, and the highest place in New Hampshire.

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Whaleback Light – Kittery, ME – with the Victorian-era resort of Star Island in the background.

A few days earlier, we had gone to the shore at low tide to explore the tide pools with the kids.  You know what that means –  we managed to spend time at both the lowest and highest places in New Hampshire in one trip!  While along the coast, we visited Portsmouth Harbor Light – a steel and brick 19th century lighthouse welcoming ships at the entrance to the Piscatiqua River, which divides southern Maine from New Hampshire.  The light isn’t normally open to the public, but they have recently begun opening it for tours (for a nominal donation) during the summer on Sunday afternoons.  Though I lived in NH for 18 years and have been back every summer since, this was a first for us and well worth a couple of dollars to explore.  Come to think of it, there were a lot of first for us – but more on that later…

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A Very Autumn New England Winter – With a Side of Snow

New England Winter at its Awkwardest!

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If you’ve been following the news at all, you probably know that this winter has been a bit… well… mild in New England.  In fact this year’s New England winter had been downright non-existent, with early autumn temperatures visiting us as late as the last week of December.  In fact, when we arrived in New Hampshire for our annual winter visit, the weather was so warm that we were out building a stick fort with the kids in shorts an t-shirts.  Though fun, it wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for. But, on the bright side, the unseasonably warm New England winter did have some advantages – for example, not suffering from frostbite on a pre-dawn Nubble Light shoot (above).  Plus, it has been years and years since I’d built a stick fort, so that was a nice walk down memory lane to share with the kids.

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However, at long last, the jet stream dipped and a cold front came through, bringing that long-awaited first snow just before the New Year.  In Greenland, NH, about 5 miles from the ocean, we got about 6 inches of sometimes fluffy, sometimes wet snow.  Just enough for constructing our annual snow fort with the kids.  On our final day in New England, as we were packing for the long drive south, the sun had finally come out and with it, a beautiful sunburst shining through the dripping, misty trees.  The photo above is from just outside our door, with the Winnicut River slowly flowing along its banks as the night’s ice slowly melted.  Of course, this New England winter is far from over,  but if December was any indication of what is to come, perhaps this New England winter will be a bit more tolerable than the unceasing snows of the previous winter season.

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Essence of Summer Part 6: In Panorama

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What better way to summarize our trip than to share with you a collection of our favorite panoramas from our Essence of Summer collection.  In total, we spent the better part of a month on the road – with corporate shoots in Atlanta, fine art shoots in North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire and Maine, and some much needed R&R with both sides of our family.  We had the opportunity to photograph a wide variety of settings and subjects, from loons, mergansers and moose, to tall ships and living history, to rainbows, thunderstorms, and spectral sunsets.  All in all, it felt like a pretty productive trip, though I will say that the new camera’s gigantic file size did make for slow going while editing images on the road.  In the next few weeks, you’ll see many of the photos from these posts appear on our fine art site, and should you want to purchase any of our affordably priced prints, you are welcome to drop us a line.  We hope you enjoyed joining us on our adventure and we plan to keep you up to date on new fine art projects from time to time.

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Essence of Summer Part 4: Bridges and Birds

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Part Four from our Essence of Summer collection is a bit of a grab bag of photos that didn’t really fit into our other posts, but are images we thought you would enjoy all the same.  Above, is a photo of the new Memorial Bridge standing sentry across the then placid Piscatiqua River between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME.  Below is one of my all time favorite wildlife photos.  The day after the above photo, we went out to Four Tree Island again to shoot the El Galeon, but stumbled upon a flock of migratory arctic turns dive-bombing their prey along the shores of the island.  It was truly amazing to watch these birds hover, shoot into the water, and rise up, taking to the air with their meal expertly held in their beaks.

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Essence of Summer Part 2: Sea and Sails

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For the first time in as long as we can remember, our trip to New England coincided with the Portsmouth tall ship festival, called Sail Portsmouth.   The event draws a diverse and impressive collection of sailing ships from days long past.  This year’s main attraction was El Galeón Andalucía, out of Spain.  This detailed reproduction of a 16th century sailing ship actually wintered in St Augustine, FL this year, just an hour from our door, yet it took a trip to NH for us to finally see it firsthand!

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During our first evening of photography, we happened to bump into Jim Salge, a talented New England photographer.  Over the years, we have been mutually enjoying each others work – Jim has some awesome shots – but we had never met – until a few nights ago when the allure of the beautiful ship and an equally beautiful setting drew us both to the same spot!

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Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing – A Bittersweet New England Spring

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This May, I found myself on a plane, headed to New Hampshire for my grandmother’s funeral.  Though we now live some 1200 miles away, I grew up just a hundred yards from her front door, so the news of her sudden decline and a few days later, her death, hit me hard – all the more because I wasn’t able to be there in person to say goodbye.  And yet, when the plane landed and my dad picked me up, I could understand the Apostle Paul’s words, when he spoke of his own mental state: “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”.  Paul was speaking to the first century persecuted Christians about this incongruous state of mind that we so often have, where there can be deep, heartbreaking pain, and yet underneath it, an unquenchable joy because of God’s certain promise that all will be made right for those “who love God and are called according to his purposes” – Romans 8:28.

And so, it’s no surprise that our family was feeling the weight of sorrow, but behind and underneath that sorrow there was this sense of joy.  It wasn’t the laugh-out-loud, raucous sort of joy, and it wasn’t exactly the joy I spoke of above, but it was something deep and persistent.  It was in the joy of memories – the vacations to Bar Harbor, the holidays breakfasts, the old stories and the funny little traits we’ve each inherited from Gram.  On top of these precious treasures of the mind, we too had the joys of the Creation, blooming and sprouting as the cold New England winter finally gave way to the manifold glories of spring – Gram’s beloved lilacs were in full purple bloom and overflowing with a sweet, almost palatable fragrance.

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I suspect I am not alone among my photography peers in finding certain types of photography as therapeutic and even invigorating for my soul.  For me, few things liven my spirits like landscape photography – and especially when the canvas is rural New England.  And so, after all the formalities of Gram’s funeral and the departures of family, my parents and I set out for a few hours on a perfect spring afternoon to explore, shoot some photos, and reminisce.   It was a wonderful time, and this post offers up some of the fruits of that brief excursion.  I hope you enjoy them!

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The Great Eastern Adventure – New Year’s Fowl Sunrise

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Happy New Year!  We thought we would kick things off with a little play on words – Thankfully the sunrise on the first day of 2015 was actually rather spectacular as it rose over Whaleback Light off the coast of New Castle, NH (below).  The fowl we referred to is this snowy owl (above), who I’ve been tracking for a few days, trying to get the perfect shot.  Coastal New England is not the normal habitat for these arctic birds, but occasionally, what’s called an irruption occurs, where birds go far beyond their normal habitat in search of ample food supplies.  With snowy owls, its not uncommon for the birds to then return to the destination of their irruption year after year, as is the case with this pair who first arrived about this time last year.

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