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Spofford, New Hampshire, United States
Jeff Newcomer has been a physician practicing in New Hampshire and Vermont for over 30 years. Over that time, as a member of the Conservation Commission in his home of Chesterfield New Hampshire, he has used his photography to promote the protection and appreciation of the town's wild lands. In recent years he has been transitioning his focus from medicine to photography, writing and teaching. Jeff enjoys photographing throughout New England, but has concentrated on the Monadnock Region and southern Vermont and has had a long term artistic relationship with Mount Monadnock. He is a featured artist in a number of local galleries and his work is often seen in regional print, web publications and in business installations throughout the country. For years Jeff has published a calendar celebrating the beauty of The New England country-side in all seasons. All of the proceeds from his New England Reflections Calendar have gone to support the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the Cheshire Medical Center. Jeff has a strong commitment to sharing his excitement about the special beauty of our region and publishes a weekly blog about photography in New England.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

2017 New England Reflections Calendar

2017 Calendar Cover & October

The Crush is On
May : Reflected Spire, Park Hill, Westmoreland NH
This has been my calendar week.  As usually I am a couple of weeks behind in getting my 2017 New England Reflections Calendar off to the printer and, this week,  I have finally accepted that all my other, "critically late", tasks must take a back seat to getting the material together for the 2017 edition.


A Good Cause

November : Mill Falls, Weston Vt
As always, all proceeds from the 2017 New England Reflections Calendar will support Pulmonary Rehabilitation patients at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene in need of financial assistance and fund their participation in Breathe New Hampshire.

Breathing Free - Costs Money
2004 Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene NH
Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and other chronic lung diseases.  Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene provides a comprehensive outpatient program.  A multidisciplinary team tailors individualized education and exercise programs to help patients understand and cope with their disease and function with greater comfort and independence.

November 2016 Calendar

 Who Uses a Calendar Anymore?
I have been publishing the calendar for close to 15 years and I worry that today, with everyone depending on their smart phones, the interest in a wall calendar may be fading.  Perhaps I could come up with an alternative promotional device to gather the needed funds.  Coffee mugs, t-shirts or perhaps tote bags decorated with my images might work, but I wouldn’t be able to compete with Hew Hampshire Public Radio.  Besides, this time of year everyone I meet is asking, “When is the calendar coming out?”.  It has become part of my summer tradition and I realize that, at this point, I wouldn’t know how NOT to produce a New England Reflections Calendar.

March : Mist on the Hill, Dummerston Vt
So I have gone through the agony of picking my 12 pictures for next year, I’ve found banner images to compliment the large monthly photos and selected thumbnails to scatter through the empty date boxes.  I’ve decided on the important dates and holidays to include but, once again, “Belly Laugh Day” (January 24th) has failed to make the cut.  I have added the dates for the new and full moons and added the traditional names given to each full moon.  In 2017 the October full moon is closest to the Autumnal Equinox and therefore it is the "Harvest Moon".  September, which more often claims this honor, will have to be content with the "Corn Moon".

August : Morning Lamp, New Castle, NH
Always one image from the coast.

I used Microsoft Publisher to create the basic layout of the calendar.  I hate to surrender any part of the process, but in recent years I have come to appreciate that the refinements provided by a talented graphic designer and professional printing can provide a finished look to the final result.

The Nervous Time
November : Mill Falls, Weston Vt
This is an exciting and anxious time as I prepare to release my creation to the final processes of design and printing.   My work is largely done.  I have asked a number of folks to review the text for the inevitable errors and omissions.  The pictures have all been rendered in their appropriate sizes. Next week the calendar goes to the printers and then, in a couple of weeks, the hectic process of distribution will begin.  In the meantime, I’ll try to take advantage of the lull and catch up on some of my other overdue projects, including preparing for the upcoming "Art in the Park" and my fall educational programs.

July: Black-eyed Bee, Spofford NH

Old Saybrook Super Moon
My only chance to use a portrait oriented image

In this article, I have included a few of the featured images from the 2017 New England Reflections Calendar.  Your feedback would be appreciated.  

 Of course the greatest help come when you support our pulmonary patients by buying lots of calendars!  Remember any errors in the calendar are NOT their fault.

A more complete collection of calendar images can be reviewed on my web site at:

Jeff Newcomer


  1. Hi Jeff, What more feedback do you want from me than that I can't wait to buy your calendar? Each year I try to support a different photographer and this year it's very obviously your turn. I like the variety of places you've included. I suppose you'll have a post with links for purchase? Will they be available in stores, gift shops, etc.? I'm thinking that I've I come over NH way in October I could buy one somewhere. I'm usually in the White Mtns area.

  2. Your calendar is gorgeous, as always! Can't wait to order a copy. I love supporting a cause near and dear to my heart as I was an RT at Cheshire for 5 years myself. I live in Texas now but your calendar makes my heart so happy - I love photos from "home".

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