The pursuit of pictures has become the main activity that I partake in while experience the wilderness, but the enjoyment of the outdoors is always the goal. There is so much to experience, learn about and generally see in the world around us, it’d take many lifetimes before I could experience it all. But I’ll try…
After the great light show at Chocorua Sunday morning, the light changed dramatically, and clouds and snow quickly moved in. My buddy Ed O’Malley, also a photographer, was up visiting the area, and we decided to just tour the Southern Whites, visiting some popular summer spots to see what they looked like in winter. Just for the experience…and maybe some passable shots would come out of it.
I’d like to share some snapshots of those experiences:
First stop was Beede Falls, just north of Squam Lake. I was hoping that there would be water flowing through ice, possibly leading to some photo-ops…but what we found was just amazing. The water was completely encased, but you could get behind the ice in a truly spectacular cave of water in all three states! Great experience #1 of the day…
From there we went to the Flume Gorge, which if you’ve never been to in the winter, you really owe it to yourself to climb through. Traction recommended…as the whole place, walls, brook and underfoot was one spectacular ice formation. Just an amazing thing to see.
Continuing on in Franconia Notch, we poked around ‘The Basin’ and found a great world of ice and water. This location yielded what was for me, my favorite shots of the day after sunrise in the brook above the main pothole.
The last location was Beaver Pond in Kinsman Notch. The ice on the pond was wind whipped smooth, and the fresh snowfall was blowing by with impressive ferocity. We probably sat on the ice for about 45 minutes just watching the patterns in the blowing snow. Unfortunately, with all the snow in the air, a lot of snow got trapped between my filters, and became unusable…so I’ll direct you to Ed’s shots for that:
In winter it seems that so many people lock themselves in and wait until spring…but those who do are truly missing out…there are some truly spectacular sights to see in the heart of winter!