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12-16-2009, 05:41 PM
One of my favorite things to do on this site is to read trip reports and view the pictures that people take of the sights that speak to them outside, on the trails and in the mountains. And there are some gems on here. Everyone who takes a camera with them inevitably comes back with special shots that makes others stop and take in the view right with the photographer. Photos on this site have conjured up a multitude of emotional responses, memories and inspirations.

As we are now a week before the holidays, when I turn off the computer and put away the hiking boots for a bit to be with family and friends for a time, I would invite everyone to post their 9 favorite photos of 2009, and perhaps some background as to where, when and why!? If you don't have nine...share a few with us!

The end of the year is a great time to recollect, reflect and resolve. Here's a thread to the memories of 2009 and a beautiful 2010!

(note: To save the servers, please post links, or embed images hosten on other sites!)

I'll post mine in a bit!

Bill O
12-16-2009, 08:18 PM
Great thread. Can't wait to see everybody's photos. As Jim mentioned, it is best to use a photo hosting site and embed the images. Not only is it best, it is pretty much the only way to do it since you can't attach an image much bigger than a thumbnail here.

12-17-2009, 10:37 AM
Do they have to be White Mountain hike pics?

12-17-2009, 10:56 AM
OK Jim, I'll start with one. First, you could always divide it into categories (why not make it complicated) like, floral, mountains, water - in its various forms (ice,snow,rain, rivers, brooks,falls, etc), animal, and other, or even people!

Here's one similar to what I posted on another site. A hike to Waumbek in early July was done in the rain but offered some good shots of bunchberry:


KD Talbot
12-17-2009, 12:19 PM
Mark- Nothin' says they have to be White Mountain related.

Scott- 8 more to go!

Mine soon!


12-17-2009, 03:15 PM
Scott- 8 more to go!


OK , Kevin here's two more. My only goal is to get some up before you, Jim, and Patrick do because after that my will look lame. After all, I've had this camera 2 years and just figured out/ started to use its floral macro.

This is another one for Floral, a shot from the Waumbek hike of some Wood Sorrel:


I guess this would fall under Mountains.This is a sun corridor shot in the early AM while going up Crawford Path in September:


12-17-2009, 06:23 PM
Do they have to be White Mountain hike pics?

Mine aren't going to be....

KD Talbot
12-17-2009, 08:23 PM
Scott- I was thinking of that very picture when I said, "8 more!"


12-17-2009, 08:40 PM
I just looked - I took about 4,300 pictures in 2009 - it will take me a while to pick 9 favorites! :-)

12-17-2009, 08:45 PM
Wow, there are too many to chose from that I love. All of you take such beautiful pictures.

Patricks picture of Richard I love and the one of him trying to catch a still of an autumn leaf falling. All of his moose and wildlife pictures are Great!!

Anna LeBlanc
12-17-2009, 09:50 PM
Although I can't begin to compare my photographic abilities to Patrick or Jim or Brad or other members of the forum I've picked these as my personal favorites for 2009:

Lupine in the early morning dew-Crawford Depot May 2009:


Clouds breaking on the Mt Washington Auto Road-Aug 2009:


The roaring waters of Arethusa Falls-May 2009:


A sunny day on Bear Notch Road-July2009:


Rescue copter at AMC Highland Center-July 2009:


Beaver pond on the trail to Zealand Falls in the morning light-July 2009:


Lovely flowing waters of Lower Zealand Falls-July 2009:


Looking down to Mt Webster from the porch at AMC Zealand Falls Hut-July 2009:


Winter Wonderland-our friend Colleen's Home-Conant Brook Farm in Monson,MA-Dec 2009:


And last but not least our beautiful Fluffy Pembroke Welsh Corgi Nigel.The best hiking Corgi in New England;):


Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.Thank you.



12-17-2009, 11:20 PM
I didn't take too many "quality" photos, photographically speaking, in 2009, but here's a few nice memories:

A little hike with my son on a warm fall day to the top of a nice local crag:



My wife and I on the same crag on her birthday:


While not a hike per-say, and not outdoors per-say, it was a journey through nature... A little spelunking:


Trying out the new pack for the many hiking trips planned for next year:


Snow Miser
12-18-2009, 07:58 AM
Anna, your photos are very, very good. Don't sell yourself short. They are up there with some of the best on here.:)

Anna LeBlanc
12-18-2009, 08:02 AM
Anna, your photos are very, very good. Don't sell yourself short. They are up there with some of the best on here.:)

Thank you so much Bob for your kind words.:D



KD Talbot
12-18-2009, 10:14 AM
And the one of Nigel is too cute!

Chris-Very nice!


KD Talbot
12-18-2009, 04:30 PM
There is really some superb stuff here in this thread! Here's some of my fav's from this year:










Hope you like them!


12-18-2009, 06:31 PM
Here are some of my personal favorites from this year, in no particular order...


Fishing on the flats in the Florida Keys.


I like this one primarily because of the lightning in the distance.


Paddling through the marsh.


A winter sunrise at the beach.


Marty on the cog tracks.


Sandpipers (?) sleeping on the beach.


A nice day on the summit.


Early morning on the summit.


Taken from about 10' away while stand-up paddleboarding.

You can view a slideshow with larger versions here (http://photos.ecomalley.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=10688812&AlbumKey=TA9Df).


12-18-2009, 07:14 PM
All excellent pictures everybody. I especially like the shot with the lightning in it Ed. How many shots did it take to get that one.

12-18-2009, 08:00 PM
Here are a few of mine.
Bottom of the auto road.

Along the Kang.


During a getaway in May.

My wife ,daughter and me after STP 09

Along side the Kang. in Sept

Pond near Tuckermans ravine during Stp 09

Mount Chocoorua

This was my little piece of Heaven for a short while on Mount Chocorua.

12-18-2009, 08:53 PM
All excellent pictures everybody. I especially like the shot with the lightning in it Ed. How many shots did it take to get that one.

There are a couple dozen pictures of that same storm/scene, but only one has the lightning.


Anna LeBlanc
12-19-2009, 07:47 AM
Everyone's pictures are incredibly beautiful.Maybe we could do a calender and donate the profits to the OBS.Anyone think that would be a good idea?



12-19-2009, 06:54 PM
...this has become a nice tradition for the holiday season :)

Thanks, everyone for sharing these great images. This is a nice opportunity to reflect on the all the nice moments in the forest this past year.

Sawyer River Trail in January...


nice bull moose in April...


Hobbs, an older bull I've seen for the past few years, and a yearling bull, maybe his son...


"Following Mama", one of my very favorites from the year, a two-week old (rough guess) calf following mama closely as they cross the Swift River. I named this calf "Kezossa" after I saw him a few weeks later, running wildly around in a feild ( it means "too fast" in Abenaki )...


A nice spring scene, this nice young cow moose let me get quite close after being together for a while. Actually, she got close to me. This was a favorite image because I was trying out my new lens, a Sigma 17-70mm. This was at 17mm and it is not cropped...


a nice springtime view from Middle Moat Mountain with rhodora in bloom...


Kezossa, two weeks later, now a month old...



a Bicknell's Thrush on Mt. Moosilaukee, with a beak full bugs that she took back to the nest...


mama loon and her two chicks...


Kezossa at six weeks of age...


This is Big Daddy, my favorite moose. He's probably about 12-15 years old. This was my 6th year in a row seeing him, and I saw him many times this year. This pic is a favorite because it was taken later into summer than I've ever seen him. In mid summer, he changes his daily routines and I never see him again until spring...


mountain heath (rare) on Mt. Jefferson...


I happened upon an injured hiker on Mt. Jefferson. Lots of people showed up to help bring him down, including NH F&G and AVSAR. I assisted carrying him down the summit cone to a spot where the heli could land. The heli was to save us, not the injured hiker. I learned that what they say is true about how difficult it is to carry someone of a mountain. You could EASILY break your leg doing this. It was a very memorable event...


Tama Falls, on the northern slopes of the Northern Presidentials...


juvenile barred owl...


hermit thrush...(a favorite songbird of the forest )...


Jefferson Brook...


One of my favorite hikes of the year was a visit to the Alpine Garden in early August. I remember a know-it-all type hiking guide who asked me my destination. I had popped out of the woods onto the Huntington Ravine Trail, where his group was resting. When I said I was heading for the Alpine Garden for alpine flowers, he proclaimed authoritatively that I was about a month too late for flowers. I smiled and laughed..."oh well, have a nice hike" or something like that, and proceeded. Here are a few of the many flowers I saw on that beautiful day...

bluebells and alpine goldenrod...


painted cups...


Boott's rattlesnake root...


mountain avens...


white throated sparrow...


babay racoon...


Kezossa and his mama browsing early in the morning in late summer...


This was really special. I followed them for about six hours that morning. She settled down for a nap, so I laid down near her, then the kid laid down. After a few minutes, poor tired mama went to sleep. After a few minutes she started to dream, just as a dog does. She was twitching and her eye lids were moving up and down. It was a beautiful moment...


I saw this just before wearing it in the face one morning on a trail...


alpine flora community on Franconia Ridge...


in my favorite habitat ( taken with the self-timer ) ...


classic bull moose in a beaver bog in early autumn...


growing on a dead beech log...


Cloudland Falls in autumn...


I named this yearling bull moose "Richard"...


falling beech leaves on Champney Trail...


probably the biggest rack I've ever seen...


Geminid Meteor shower...


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all :)

12-19-2009, 07:07 PM
Wow, what a great gift those pictures are, thank you so much!! And I know there are so many more....:)

Side Note: Double check the Richard photo...;)

12-19-2009, 08:04 PM
I will by glad to give this a shot. (No pun intended).

I am just an amatuer photographer happy to include some of my special moments of this past year.

Thank you Jim for the idea. It made me realize how lucky I have been to be able to have these wonderful adventures with my family.



The Great Gulf during a three day Presidential Traverse in September

The rest can found at: http://picasaweb.google.com/stetson6/BestPhotos2009?authkey=Gv1sRgCIXWvZTOqsb3PA&feat=directlink

Anna LeBlanc
12-19-2009, 09:11 PM
Patrick thank you for bringing the beautiful world you explore to all of us.I now have a Brake for Moose sticker on my rear window.:D



12-20-2009, 07:41 AM
What a wonderful idea Jim! The responses so far have been amazing. The pictures from Scott, Anna, Chris, Kevin, Ed, Chris, Patrick and Doug are all beautiful. Too many great ones to pick any favorites - but I'll pick one anyway - Patrick's image of sunlight streaming through the trees on a beautiful winter day on the Sawer River trail. That one was my desktop wallpaper for several months when it was first posted. Now to go through mine. A perfect day to watch the snow and sort through the almost 3000 pics from last year. Lots of great moments to relive (which is the best part of photography).

12-20-2009, 07:57 AM
There have been some great shots so far...I am really enjoying this thread...

This year, though I spent alot of nights up in the mountains, the light rarely happened for me while on designated hiking photo trips. However, I did witness some good light and scenes while not hiking, and thats what is represented here...

In chronological order...My top 9...

Below Zero in Portsmouth Harbor...
I had been scouting this location in southern Maine a few times, waiting for the right conditions. On a morning that dawned -9F at my house, I figured I'd either get sea smoke, or some fun tide ice. This was beyond my expectation...

Sunrise at Ethan Pond...
A nice sky, a still pond and a mountain spotlight greeted me after dawn on the spring outing club trip I ran for the high school. Hard to shoot on these trips...but there's some time to sneak away...

Grass Pink Orchid in June...
I've been after these for a few years. Just an amazing flower that grows in tough to shoot places. I found this one at one of my favorite new places to visit this year...Ponemah Bog in Milford, NH

Morning Mist in Sugar Hill...
Self explanatory...

September Frost at Ponemah Bog...
A third trip to the bog this year...a chilly morning pumped lots of moisture into the air, and great light effects abounded!

Tye-Dyed Hippie Plant...
I know I'm not alone on this forum with my affinity for hobblebush...this was one of the best leaf pairings I've found. Humerously, I found it because I was being 'that guy', taking a phone call in the woods near a waterfall, and moving away from the falls to hear I found this one!

Stillness and Storm, Little Cherry Pond, Jefferson...
On a hike with Ryan for a sunset at Big Cherry Pond, we realized the light wasn't going to happen on the mountains, so we went over to little cherry pond. This place is a gem in itself, but a thunderstorm to the NW, and not a breath of air really made this scene, and whole experience, pretty amazing...

Waiting For Snow...
I was helping a friend move in North Conway for the weekend, and stole away at dawn to a spot I've been meaning to hit for a while. Conditions really came together well!

First Snowfall of the Winter Season...
Close to home...I often overlook the opportunities right in my neighborhood. This is right down the street...after the first snowfall...

Hoping for better light while at elevation this coming year...but I shouldn't complain, as any day out is a good day!!!

12-20-2009, 09:26 AM
Simply put "WOW"!
What an awesome collection of photos taken by an extremely talented group of photographers on this Forum.

To quote another talented photographer, i.e. Ansel Adams:
"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."

And that is exactly what we have posted on this thread, i.e. some REALLY, REALLY "good photographs"!

12-20-2009, 11:09 AM
Just saw your post on Facebook Jim and decided to come over here to comment. I've been anxiously awaiting your post since you started the thread to see which of the many amazing shots from the last year would be your personal top 9. All I can say is "well chosen". There is no way that I can choose favorites out of these. I'll just reiterate what I've said when I saw each of these for the first time during the year - simply beautiful!

12-20-2009, 07:52 PM
It was a wonderful journey back through the year in pictures today. We were blessed to have so many great experiences in amazing places. It's pretty hard to pick 9 favorite pictures out of several thousand, but here's the result. Definitely not a consistent set of criteria for the choices. Some are based on the images and some are based on the memories and meaning for me (which is what photography is ultimately about).

#1 - Jake's Inner Puppy Revealed

Jake is getting on in years and a bit creaky in the joints. When it gets cold and snows though he returns to puppyhood. This picture taken on New Year's Day shows that joy bursting forth as he bounds through the first snow of the winter. This one will never find its way onto a gallery wall but it is my favorite picture of the year.


#2 - Frozen Fowler River

Our hiking year started early this year with a trip to Cardigan Lodge the weekend after New Year. It was a spectacular clear, cold weekend following the New Year's Eve snowstorm. The afternoon we arrived we snowshoed along the Fowler River to Welton Falls. The color of the ice on the river was a surreal green that this picture just can't do justice to.


#3 - Easter Sunrise on Naragansett Bay

Our annual Easter Sunrise service on the beach in North Kingstown blessed us with a particularly beautiful morning this year. This one of the pre-dawn light over the bay was my favorite.


#4 - Double Painted Trillium

In May we spent a weekend in NH for the MWO photo show by Patrick and Jim. It was a spectacular weekend for spring wildflowers with every trail in full bloom. This one of a double painted trillium was taken near Mountain Pond after the morning rain.


#5 - Through the Clouds Into the Alpine Garden

For our second Seek the Peak this year our daughter Jamie joined us for her first hike to the summit. This shot shows her hiking into the clouds approaching the Alpine Garden above Lion Head.


#6 - Acadia Sunset

In August we spent a week in Acadia National Park for the third straight summer - one of our favorite places in the world. The sunrises (especially from Cadillac) and sunsets are always spectacular but this one over Somes Harbor was particularly beautiful.


#7 - Bates Cairn on Sargent

I love cairns and look forward to their artistry every time I hike. I particularly love the Bates cairns that are used on the trails in Acadia. Their simple form have a zen-like quality. Most of all their unique form always remind me of my favorite trails. This one is framed against the sky near the summit of Sargent Mountain along my most favorite of all the Acadia trails.


#8 - Ice Feathers on Franconia Ridge

Of all the places in the White Mountains that I love Franconia Ridge is my favorite. Hiking it on a much frostier than usual October day this fall was probably the highlight of our hiking year. This image is of the ice feathers that we encountered on the rocks right after reaching the ridge at Little Haystack.


#9 - Standing on Top of the World

The last image, like the first, isn't here for it's artistic quality. Sometimes pictures are taken simply to preserve our best memories. My days hiking with Natalie invariably produce many of those memories. Here we're standing on Mt Lafayette with the sun breaking through on one of our happiest days this year.


Thanks again Jim for prompting many of us to revisit our year in pictures and relive those experiences. Thanks also to everyone that have shared those memories with the rest of us.

Happy Holidays to everyone. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a great 2010.

Anna LeBlanc
12-20-2009, 09:54 PM
Beautiful pictures Mark.Thank you for bringing them to us.

How is Bella doing by the way?



Snow Miser
12-21-2009, 07:58 AM
Great pictures of the past year Doug, John, and Mark!!! Thanks for sharing with us. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year to all.:)

12-21-2009, 08:30 AM
This was an excellent idea. Kudos for Jim. All these pictures are just amazing. Keep them coming.

12-21-2009, 08:06 PM
Mark, the ice feather image is awesome! And not all pictures have to strive for gallery quality. Many of our favs are just pics of ourselves doing things we love, and a picture capturing that is a little piece of treasure.

Too many great ones on this thread to express proper appreciation for each, but thanks to everyone for posting. :)

12-22-2009, 10:57 AM
This was an excellent idea. Kudos for Jim. All these pictures are just amazing. Keep them coming.

No Problem...just stole it from another forum. We do have an abnormally high proportion of excellent photographers, but it's nice to see all the pictures and hear the accompaning stories. I always feel that if you took a picture, there was something you felt was important to capture!

Karl Swenson
01-03-2010, 07:54 PM

I am very excited to join this community. I generally fly instead of hike. I was flying above Mt Washington on 12/30/2009 and took a picture that was posted.

We are lucky to have this observatory.

We took a few pictures flying from the SE to NW at sunset on the 30th. We were at 8500 ft and we felt the NW wind. The other photos are shown in this link.


01-04-2010, 07:11 AM
Very cool - I am so bummed my father-in-law sold his plane :(


Snow Miser
01-04-2010, 12:28 PM
Karl, very nice aerial photographs!! Welcome to the forums.:)

01-04-2010, 09:34 PM
Wonderful photos Karl. Great seeing the mountain from a different angle. Look forward to more of your aerial photography here!

Steve M
01-05-2010, 06:13 AM
Same here. It took me a moment to get oriented to the view because it is rare to see the mountain from that direction. Very cool!

Karl Swenson
01-05-2010, 08:54 PM
Thank you all

I will do a "round the mountain" photo tour.

We were there (on the Presidential side) near sunset and I didnt want to be in the mountains during dark in a single engine beyond glide distance to an airport.

I fly New England, and its a great place. You do need to be cautious though.

I am determined to get a great shot of Tuckermans, I will watch for the lighting and weather.

01-06-2010, 11:21 AM
Great idea! You all have such amazing photographs, and what memories they must bring to mind as you look back upon the events and adventures of the year!

Thanks everyone for sharing these images...truly breathtaking. Someone (Anna??) suggested having a fundraising calendar made using the photos...I agree that would be wonderful!

Cooling off on Lion's Head Trail (Seek the Peak 09)


Here are a few more from some of my other explorations...


Karl Swenson
01-09-2010, 07:26 PM
Weather Looks Good!

I plan to do a flight tomorrow around noon around the mountain. If anyone is out it is a blue and white low wing single engine plane, please give a wave.

We are also planning to land at Alton Bay, on the ice prior to the Mountain.

I'll definately post if we go.