season, and is always true of this time of year, I am overwhelmed. In addition to the last-minute holiday
orders, I am also trying to find time to get ready for my winter Lightroom CCClassic course. Lightroom is such an amazingly
capable course that it is always a challenge to cover all the essential
features of the program, and this year, as always, I must catch up with the new
tools that have been recently added.
I have a lot
of work to do and complicating my efforts is the requirement to come up every
week with a fresh blog article. This
week I will try to simplify by devoting my blog to a gallery of images from our
recent week in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
a group of our friends gathered in a house in Glen New Hampshire to celebrate Bob’s
70th birthday. Bob is not the
oldest member of our group, but he is DEFINITELY
older than me, at least for a little longer.
It seemed like a great excuse for a trip.
|John studying the Manual|
The house was great, with plenty of room for
5 couples, including my daughter Abigail and her husband Grayson. We had wonderful views of the mountains, including
a glimpse of Mount Washington. Given the
culinary talents of this group, we didn’t need to go out to get great
food. There was plenty to eat and, of
course, because we were celebrating Bob, the desserts had to be amazing.
|Mt Adams Birches|
was sunny and not terribly cold. Glen is
north of North Conway and Jackson on the eastern side of the White Mountains. Everyone had a broad range of choices for
winter activities, including cross country skiing, snow shoeing and
hiking. Of course, I also found some
time for photography. On Saturday Susan and I drove up Route 16 enjoying
incredible views of the mountains. I
hoped to hike in to capture images of winter waterfalls, but Glen Ellis Falls
was snowed in.
|Abby and Grayson|
We hiked up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to see the Crystal Cascade, but the flow was largely
frozen over. The best part of the hike
was the social interactions. On the way up,
we ran into Abigail and Grayson as they were coming back from a much longer
hike to the base of the Ravine.
|Frozen Crystal Cascade|
On the way down we saw Larry Davis. Larry is a Mount Monadnock legend, who is featured prominently
in our up-coming documentary on the Mountain.
He holds the
record for most consecutive days climbing Monadnock - 2,850 consecutive days
between 1990 and 2000. Recently, Larry moved to Gorham New Hampshire and has
now shifted his allegiances to the White Mountains, where he is a steward for
several miles of wilderness trails.
Larry Davis and Susan, Tuckerman Ravine Trail
|Abby and Grayson|
|Sunrise Light on Mt Washington|
Sunday morning, I got out for a sunrise from the Mount Washington overlook
just north of the center of North Conway.
Although Washington was shrouded in fog, the light had a wonderful rosy hue
that reminded me of the magic quality of light in many Maxfield Parish
paintings. Later, we returned to Jackson,
famous for its cross-country skiing facilities.
We explored some old favorite locations such as Black Mountain, the
Christmas Farm Inn and Jackson’s “Honeymoon” Covered Bridge.
|Ellis River Cascade : Jackson|
Sunday afternoon, we traveled across the Spectacular Kancamagus Highway. The weather varied from sunny to overcast and,
at the higher altitudes, the mountains were covered with clouds.
It was a great weekend, delicious food, wonderful scenery and good
company. I must thank Bob for his
advanced age that provided the excuse for this lovely gathering.