Fall in the White Mountains
Even though I’m still mourning my boy, I have been out shooting. Partly it takes my mind off him (which I stupidly feel guilt over), but mostly I’m glad I can. The health crisis I came though only had one stage of cure/recovery, but could have had two, the second of which would have totally canceled my fall shooting ability. Luckily though, I am mobile.
The other day I met up with some friends and we went up north to the White Mountains. As I still shouldn’t be carrying anything heavy, I pared down my equipment and only shot with the E-30 and the ZD 12-60mm zoom. I brought my travel tripod instead of the Bogen Beast. It proved an excellent combination. I didn’t know we were going on a covered bridge quest, but that’s what we ended up doing. It was like being a tourist in my own state. Of course bridges weren’t the only things worth photographing, but our first stop was Blair Bridge –
Racing the sun, we headed to Ellsworth hill. The valley fog adds a touch of distinction to what would probably be just another foliage shot. The gate, too adds something. At first I thought it was too overwhelming, but now I’m used to it.
I couldn’t resist a detail shot of another gate further along in the wall surrounding the meadows. It’s an iris seed pod and I love the touch of sun on what is the horizon in the background.
Another stop within easy reach was Smart’s Brook. Ever-popular it never fails to provide opportunities for memorable photos –
From here we went to the fabled Kancamagus Highway, renowned for its foliage and tourist throngs. On this trip we had both and only stopped once. If it were me I would have pulled off at some barely populated trailheads and hiked a bit, but I wasn’t driving and I wasn’t in charge. We ended up at Albany bridge which spans the highly photogenic Swift River. It’s hard not to fall into cliche gap when photographing here –
In the end, it was a good day. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to be more active and do some hiking up that way, but this year I was very grateful to have the opportunity at all.