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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.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Pictures of the Holidays

This week’s blog is being published on Christmas day, so I thought it would be a nice time to share some of my favorite holiday images.

What represents a “holiday image”:

The Lights

Certainly festive lighting is a popular subject.  My favorite has always been the scene around Central Square in Keene New Hampshire.  The gazebo, the majestic white church and the illuminated Christmas tree makes for classic images.  Over the years, the trees have varied in size and the snow has not always been cooperative, but it is always the first place that I look for my holiday lighting.

Of course, there are other locations for Christmas lighting and I am always on the lookout.  

Boston Common Lights

I have written several articles about shooting holiday lights:

Festive Decorations

Vermont Country Store
Holiday decorations are not always dependent on bright and flashing lights.  Wreaths and garlands add a more traditional feeling of celebration, harking back to a time when holiday lighting was a candle in the window, and everything else depended on color and style.

Hancock Inn

The Fells,  Newbury NH
Christmas Cactus

Interesting Weather

Home for Christmas 2017
Christmas in New England also means winter weather.  Everyone prays for a white Christmas, but it may also come with impassible icy roads, fallen trees and power failures.  Recently, a tree crashed into the wires pulling two poles to the ground knocking out power for 12 hours. It was interesting to see the crews working through the night to restore service.  

Great December Ice Storm Outage 2008

Christmas Walk, Spofford NH, 2017
This year we have already enjoyed several storms and are promised a white Christmas, but two years ago, Christmas morning meant a stroll around the village in short sleeves.

Christmas Day 2016
The Warmth of Home and Hearth

Regardless of the weather household decoration stay pretty much the same.  These can include the lights on the Christmas tree, but, like many people, we add our own traditional pieces, including home-made decorations on the tree.  We have an ornament pieced together from the “No Mall” pins that we wore years ago, and for real history, we have Abigail’s old retainer, that we plan to pass on for her trees for decades to come.  Of course, we have bright stockings to hang over the fireplace and everything from a Santa wine bottle holder and, for no obvious reason, a dancing chicken.

Harrisville, NH
Well, I think I have manufactured sufficient excuses to show some of my holiday pics.  Enjoy and have a peaceful and happy holiday season.

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Jeffrey Newcomer

1 comment:

  1. Such gorgeous shots. So crisp and clear and vibrant. I think the first one is my favorite with the bandstand and church. So glad to have found your blog!