White Mountains In Peak Color

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Columbus Day weekend means thousands of leaf-peepers invade The White Mountain National Forest, and I have avoided this weekend for years, until now. And, what a reward! I explored many familiar waterfalls, scenic vistas, and easy trails. Equipped with one Nikon body just two lenses, a pouch of filters, and my new secret weapon — a drone— I managed to avoid most of the traffic, get some good shots and met some nice people. Among those was a Brazilian photographer, and an attractive bridal couple getting their “formals” taken on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail.

Please click on the thumbnails to view the shots full-screen. As always, these photographs are available for licensing or purchase as fine art prints.

Mt. Chocorua above Lake Chocorua is the most-climbed peak in the White Mountain National Forest. I’ve enjoyed its fall colors, swam it many times, and once watched the start of a dog-sled race.

Mt. Chocorua and Lake Chocorua were frequent subjects of the 19th century White Mountain School of painters, but never from 400 feet in the air.. The peak at 3490 feet has a bare rocky summit giving it an alpine appearence.

Crystal Cascades are a few minutes hike up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail from the AMC Pinkham notch Camp

Autumn colors reflect the late afternoon sun in the Saco River

Birches and fall color in Pinkham Notch New Hampshire

Peak fall colors adorn the southern Presidential range of the White Mtn. Ntl Park. The saco River begins its journey to the Atlantic. Photo from elevation 400 ft.

Peak autumn color in Crawford Notch NH

Peak autumn color in Crawford Notch NH

The ‘fourth Iron bridge carries the Conway scenic Railway through Crawford Notch New Hampshire

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