Photographs by Frank

11 August 2017

Zealand Falls Odes

Filed under: Odontates,Summer,the White Mountains,Wildlife — Tags: — Frank @ 9:00 PM

Yesterday, Joan, her cousin Suzy and I took a trip to the Zealand Falls area in the White Mountains.

Joan and Suzy headed for the top of Zealand Falls and the AMC hut. I headed up the same trail at a much slower pace. My goal was the downstream end of the extensive beaver-made wetlands complex (which is downstream from Zealand Pond). It is always a nice hike and I was in search of odes.

On the way up, I observed a number of darners at a couple of points along the river and along a creek feeding into the river. No photos though, as these were typical darners which are constantly on the move.

Within a couple of minutes of arriving at the first beaver pond I saw two dragonflies… a blue corporal (I think) and another dragonfly with green eyes. Neither hung around long enough for a good look much less a photograph.  Without success, I waited for some time hoping that they would return. Eventually I moseyed on up the trail. I saw no odes for the next fifteen or so minutes and decided to turn around.

On the way back across the boardwalk I finally espied another dragonfly with bright green eyes; an emerald of some sort. It perched briefly and I was able to make two exposures of it before it took off again… the first photo, below, is one of them.

One the way down, I stopped at the first beaver pond again, hoping that I might re-spot one of the two individuals I saw there originally. I was rewarded with a second sighting of the green-eyed delta-spotted spiketail. It briefly perched near me; almost too close for me to photograph.  I was able to lean back enough to get it in focus and was, again, able to make only two exposures before it flew off.

I made it back to the car about five minutes before Joan and Suzy. We hightailed it home so that Joan could make her evening Parks and Recreation Commission meeting.

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22 April 2017

Recent Meanders/Photos

Filed under: Early Spring,Landscapes,Monadnock Region,the White Mountains — Tags: — Frank @ 7:15 PM

On Monday, I meandered home from Peterborough via Temple, Wilton, Lyndeborough and Francestown… I know, it was not exactly the direct route!

On Tuesday I meandered through the western White Mountains… Kinsman Notch and Franconia Notch.

On Wednesday, I had an errand to attend to in Warner… I meandered back home stopping in Bradford Center to make some photographs using my camera obscura.

Here are some of the photographs I made:

White Mountain Landscapes

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Roadside “Attractions”

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With the Camera Obscura

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14 August 2015

Zealand River Falls

Filed under: Landscapes,Summer,the White Mountains — Tags: — Frank @ 1:00 PM

Yesterday, we went back to the Zealand River area. Joan needed to collect seeds from the plants she surveyed about a month ago.

The temperature in the mountains was about 70 degrees and it was most cloudy, not ideal weather for odes but good weather for photographing flowing water. I was more-or-less prepared* to do either!

These photos are of “the Zealand Falls” which are at the head of the valley near the AMC hut. Rather these are much small falls farther down stream; quite near the trail head.

The two falls shown are actually side-by-side on the river. There is a stretch of uninteresting stuff between them, so I photographed them individually.

The first photograph shows the smaller falls (about five feet high) it is on the left as one faces up river. The total fall of larger falls is roughly twenty feet.

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* I did not bring a tripod; only my monopod for odes. Thus no really long exposure “silky water” photos!


18 July 2015

Zealand Falls

Yesterday (Friday, 17 Jul) Joan had a plant survey scheduled for the northern White Mountains. The forecast was for perfect hiking weather, so I went along and spent the day meandering along the trail to Zealand Falls and the nearby AMC hut.

The bright sunny weather and timing (middle of the day) were not going to make for great landscape photos, but I was hoping for some odes, especially for more northern species. The map showed a number of ponds/wetlands along the upper portion of the trail, so I was expecting good “hunting”.

The first critter I encountered along the trail was a garter snake sunning itself at the trail’s edge. Of course my approach spooked it, but it hung around under the shrubs long enough for me to photograph it.

Surprisingly, the beaver ponds were not the ode “hot spot” that I thought they might be. Maybe they are too high (between roughly 3000 and 3500 feet) for water warm enough to support many species.

I did see small numbers of larger dragonflies (probably darners of some sort) patrolling out over the water. Along the shore of one of the ponds, I also found (and was able to photograph) some bluets (either Boreal or Northern) and a few male chalk-fronted corporals.

I observed a single female bluet and roughly a dozen males. When I first spotted the female she was already flying in tandem with a male. As I watched, the pair were harassed by a number of males trying to break up them up (and thus have their own chance of mating with her). The harassment was for naught, as the pair finally formed a mating wheel.

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20 September 2014

Mount Washington Cog Rail

Filed under: Early Fall,the White Mountains — Tags: — Frank @ 12:04 PM

Last year, right after Labor Day, we took a trip to the White Mountains with our now-adult offspring. One of the things we did on that trip was to ride the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington.

We must have talked up the trip well because this year we repeated the Cog Railway excursion with my parents. We did just a day trip but a good time was had by all and my father got to check off an item from his “bucket list”.

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8 May 2014

White Mountain Landscapes

Filed under: Early Spring,Landscapes,the White Mountains — Tags: — Frank @ 7:00 AM

Last Saturday, I arose early and headed north. The impetus for the trip was the annual meeting of the NH Society of Photographic Artists. This weekend-long event was held at the AMC’s Highland Center in Crawford Notch.

I got a little distracted making photographs on the way north, but I did make it to the afternoon session of the meeting. The meeting was held in a room which contains a collection of spectacular photographs by Bradford Washburn, a well-known mountain photographer. One of the speakers was Tony Decaneas, an associate of Washburn’s who printed many of his later prints. Tony told some wonderful stories about Washburn.

The  NHSPA is a lively and welcoming group. This was my first encounter with them since joining a couple of moths ago and I had nice chants with a number of  members.

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1 October 2013

White Mountain Foliage Tour

Filed under: Autumn,Landscapes,the White Mountains — Tags: , — Frank @ 6:00 PM

Yesterday, I took another drive around the White Mountains to “leaf peep” and photograph.

I did not get going until mid-morning so I decided to concentrate on the west side… Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch. I got off the interstate at Campton and took US 3 (the Daniel Webster Highway) north to Franconia. There, I  stopped for lunch at a favorite spot, Wendle’s Deli, for a sandwich.

From there I wandered north and east through Whitefield and Jefferson, my goal was the north end of Jefferson Notch Road, where I turned south. Jefferson Notch Road is a lightly traveled, summer only, well maintained dirt road that leads from US 2 to Crawford Notch.

Heading south from Crawford Notch, I took the Bear Notch Road (another summer only, but paved road) short cut from Bartlett to the Kancamangus Highway and arrived at the pass just in time for the sunset. From there it is just a short drive to I-93 in Lincoln and the roughly 90 minute drive back home.

The day was just OK for landscape photography… the sun shone brightly and there were widely scattered clouds which never seemed to be in the “right” direction.

Here are the results:

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28 September 2013

Pondicherry NWR

Filed under: Autumn,Landscapes,the White Mountains — Tags: , — Frank @ 11:30 PM

Yesterday, we (Joan, her cousin Margie and I) took a drive to the Pondicherry NWR in Jefferson, NH.

I can report that the foliage in the White Mountains is just about at its peak for this year.

The two ponds that make the centerpiece of Pondicherry are an easy hike from the road. The route is mainly along an old rail bed.  Cherry Pond ((the larger of the two) offers spectacular views of the Presidential Range*. Little Cherry Pond is also worth the extra walk as it is a very different habitat than Cherry Pond.**

This was our first visit to Pondicherry and I am certain that it is not our last; highly recommended.

Here is the crop of photos, all but the last one made at Cherry Pond. The last one was made from a pull off on Bear Notch Road in Bartlett on the way home.

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*From Cherry Pond (looking south east), the peaks of the Presidential Range are Madison, Adams, Jefferson and Washington (left to right, or north to south).

**The light was not very good during the time we spent at Little Cherry Pond, so I do not have any photos from there that are worth showing.

7 September 2013

Three Days in the White Mountains

Filed under: Landscapes,Summer,the White Mountains — Tags: — Frank @ 2:00 PM

This past week, Joan, myself and both kids  spent three days in the White Mountains. (At ages 28 and 30, “kids” is probably not politically correct, but hey, it is my blog!)

Back in May (when I retired) I had teased my former colleagues that I was going to go on vacation the day after Labor Day (i.e. the day fall semester begins). Thus, with this trip, I made good on my “threat”!

On Tuesday, we drove north to Franconia Notch and spent time at both the Basin and at the Flume. We were the last folks admitted to the Flume before they closed for the evening. After we finished the hike in the Flume, we headed to the Dry River Campground in Crawford Notch where we set up camp and ate dinner in the dark.

On Wednesday, we took the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington and then hiked to Arethusa Falls (the tallest in New Hampshire).

On Thursday, we broke camp and headed over to Pinkham Notch. There, we did a fairly easy loop hike that took us to Brad’s Bluff and to Lila’s Ledge; both places have spectacular views of Mount Washington. I took no photos on this hike as I was out of “juice” for the little Nikon V1 and had left the charger at home. I have definitely put Lila’s Bluff on the list of places to return for some serious photography in the future.

Day 1 (black and white work):

(Please note that “Pemi” is the nickname for the Pemigewasset River which has its headwaters in Franconia Notch.)

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Day 1 (color work):

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Day 2:

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7 July 2013

A Trip (Partly) Up Cannon Mountain

Filed under: Landscapes,Summer,the White Mountains — Tags: — Frank @ 12:00 PM

On Friday (5 Jul) we took a trip to Franconia Notch, Joan had some botanizing she wanted to do and I went along for the ride. Our goal was the bottom of the cliffs on the east face of Cannon Mountain (these are seen prominently as the west side of the notch).

The climb up was not too bad, one follows the bike path from the south end of Profile Lake for a short while before turning on to an unmarked trail that climbers use to access the cliffs. Eventually this trail emerges onto the boulder field at the base of the cliffs. From there it is about a 400-500 vertical foot scramble (in about 0.1 miles) to the base of the cliffs. The total elevation gain from the Lake to the base of the cliffs is about 800 feet in 0.4 miles.

As I said, going up wasn’t too bad, but coming down is another story. There were a couple of brief showers just after we started down… nothing quite like walking on wet rocks! My quadriceps are still recovering as I write this two days later. The seat of the pants I wore will never recover… nylon is no match for NH granite!

Anyway… I got a few nice photos from an unusual vantage point. One climber we talked with said that he had never seen a hiker (i.e. someone without climbing gear) up there before… I guess we are a bit crazy!

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