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.
Here’s a view of moderately busy Harvard Square. Not the charming, rough edged place it once was, but still worth traversing. What is notable about this pic is that it was taken from the offices of Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe, a “law firm” that had a loose connection to Car Talk on NPR.
On this sunny fall afternoon I ascended to the 3rd floor of the building and found the “law office” occupied by an Ophthalmologist, who offered me an eye exam. He was kind enough to permit me to photograph the street below through his window.
Today I visited the seaport district of Boston. I have not found a good reason to go there until recently, when it struck me that the walls of green and blue glass might make some good images. Not long ago this chunk of the city was where you came to park your car for $5.00 per day — cash only. Several hundred acres of gravel dominated the landscape. You could eat locally harvested seafood at Jimmy’s Harborside, Anthony’s Pier 4, and the No-name restaurant. Fishermen off-loaded their catch on Fish Pier where it was promptly auctioned to restaurant buyers and re-sellers.
Yesterday my daughter and I took a short hike in The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary where we visit year-round. I was first introduced to this 2000 + acre mix of forest and wetland in the early 1980’s while working on photos for a book about country walks near Boston. Click image for full screen view
The Ipswich River before the tall green grasses appear. Topsfield, MA
Late fall, wetlands of the Ipswich River, Topsfield, MA. Subtle hues of brown and grey.
By mid-May the cattails have returned.
October colors along the Ipswich River Wildlife Refuge, Topsfield, Massachusetts