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 –


Blair Bridge in morning fog

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.


Gated Glory

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 –

Chasing Freedom
Heart of Gold

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 –


Swift river view
Albany Covered Bridge

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.

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