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1HappyHiker
10-19-2009, 11:11 AM
Over the years I suspect that trees now partially obstruct the view of the Franconia Notch from Mt. Pemigewasset which was once described as "striking" in a very old hiking guide book written in 1898 by Frank O. Carpenter.

However, there are still some "striking" views of the Notch to be had from a huge granite slab located about a half mile to the north of Mt. Pemigewasset's ledges. However, getting there requires a bushwhack. Also, this spot is more like a cliff than a ledge. Perhaps the photo below will provide some idea of the steepness of this ledge/cliff.

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In my opinion, it's extremely hazardous to venture out onto this rock slab. One misstep would result in a very nasty fall with some equally nasty consequences!:eek:
Fortunately, this slab is surrounded on all sides by trees. By using the trees to firmly anchor myself at the perimeter and then peering across the slab, I was able to get a "striking" unobstructed view of the high peaks on the Franconia Ridge.

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This precarious perch also provided an opportunity for some "zoom" shots. Below are just two examples.

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Besides the great views of the Franconia Ridge, there was also another interesting view which I came across in the middle of the forest while bushwhacking to the ledge/cliff. The photo below shows something which I've never encountered before. I don't know exactly what you'd call it? Maybe a doorway or perhaps a bridge?:confused:

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On my way home, as I was driving northward up the Notch, I noticed a squadron of paragliders off to my left over Cannon Mountain.
I pulled into the Echo Lake parking lot and walked down to the shoreline with the hopes of getting some good photos of them. Well, I got a few photos, but none were really good. I was shooting toward the sun, plus the gliders were simply beyond the zoom capability of my little point & shoot camera. But anyway, below is one photo.

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I was pleasantly surprised that there was some autumn color still lingering around the Echo Lake. I took a few snapshots.
Although none of them are award winners, they do show what might be some of the last gasps of Autumn 2009!

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_jMddpAdzX0E/Stu5W6YO3jI/AAAAAAAAGAA/d96tBt_wRrU/s800/Echo1.JPG

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1HappyHiker

Rich
10-19-2009, 11:52 AM
These are awesome! Submit the last one to the photo journal. I also have to mention how jealous I am that this is YOUR backyard!

Snow Miser
10-19-2009, 12:16 PM
I agree! Awesome shots. You and your point and shoot sure do capture some excellent shots. Thanks!

CHRIS
10-19-2009, 12:22 PM
Great report and I have to agree absolutely fantastic pictures. Thanks for sharing.

1HappyHiker
10-21-2009, 10:34 PM
Rich; Bob; Chris: Sorry for the delayed "thank you", but I do thank each of you for your nice words. Very much appreciated!

Anna LeBlanc
10-22-2009, 09:52 AM
John,I just got a chance to see your photos.They are all gorgeous!!Especially liked that last shot of Cannon.Seeing that snow on the front trails makes me want to run and grab my skis.:DThanks for taking us there.

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Anna