Karl, it is nice you remember photos from that hike. Here are 2 and I think one of these is what you recall.
Karl, it is nice you remember photos from that hike. Here are 2 and I think one of these is what you recall.
Yes, it was the second one. I really like this shot. I love the skyline with the clouds and mountains and the foreground with closer trees and weathered railing. It's one of my favorites for sure.
Thanks for posting it...again!
Thanks for starting this thread Jim. Fun to have an excuse to go through the shots and dig some keepers out. I shoot so much these days, it's easy to loose sight of the cream...
In January 2010 my girlfriend and I went up to find some mellow snowfields on the wild west side of MTW and came away with one of the most beautiful days of the season.
I was then VT bound for two months, and didn't get back to the Whites until early March 2010 when the snowpack was much more mature. A tremendous storm blew through with SE winds in early March, and deposited probably 60" of snow via wind loading on the west side, and caused what I think was a 30-year avalanche cycle opening new ski lines, and burying terrain that often is much more highly consequential. Jacob's Ladder was a sight to (not) behold.
In the Northern Presidentials the snowpack was equally bizarre (from normal). Portions of the mountains that are 5.8 or higher rock climbing were somewhat straightforward ski descents. In our (albeit short) 3 years of riding in King Ravine we had NEVER seen this particular line with even a flake of snow in it. It's not hard to believe this might have been a first descent... although it's equally as likely that it was skied in 1965 by a dude in leather boots. Who knows?
Likewise over on Lafayette things were strange with regards to the snowpack
Finally in April 2010 we returned to the Great Gulf and the snow was shallow there since the loading in the GG happens on west winds, and last year was a year for SE winds (at least when it snowed). Nevertheless there's always snow on MTW!
Also got this shot of an infamous Icelanticskier descending the thin snowpack in the Great Gulf.
Then came the summer... Most of my time I could afford for photography I devoted to an experimental photography project in VT that I hope to carry over into winter. Ergo I don't really have much stuff from the Whites. We did however bivoac in the Dry River Wilderness one night, and I got one keeper. Other than this one though I have little that holds a candle to all the great summer/fall photographs of the Whites out there, so I will generally defer to the skills of other photogs for summer shots (cough! JIM! COUGGGHH!)...
Finally, I managed to capture what I think are some really compelling shots last weekend, when we found some improbable occidental powder above an undercast.
Greg, those are fantastic.Thanking for posting them
Once again, thanks to Jim for starting this again this year. It's great to get that little push to go back and review all our photographic memories. I had a particularly hard time picking just 10 this year - not because I took so many good photos but because they evoked so many wonderful memories. It was so much fun reliving them over the last few days. In the end I chose some for their photographic qualities and some for the memories. Hope you enjoy them.
#1 - Mount Liberty Winter Summit
This was a beautiful day for multiple reasons. It was one of the nicest winter hikes we've ever done, we got to enjoy it with our good friend Tim and it was our first winter 4K. The shot shows Nat on the final steps to the summit with Franconia Ridge, Mt Garfield and the Pemi spread out below the clouds. It was one of the most spectacular places that I've ever been.
#2 - Feeling Very Small
On an absolutely perfect day in March we hiked Mt Pierce with our friends Tim and Val. It was sunny, warm and windless and there was endless snow beneath our feet. On the summit of Pierce we were treated to a Presidential view that has to be very rare indeed. I wandered out beyond the summit and Nat took this picture of me standing in a place where I have never felt so small.
#3 - Cutler River on the First Day of Spring
On the last day of our March trip we were driving through Pinkham Notch on the way back from hiking Starr King and Waumbek. It was the last day of winter and the first day of spring and had already been an amazing day. As we drove around a bend I saw what looked like a beautiful winter scene along the Cutler River. I wasn't able to stop in time and almost didn't go back. More than a mile up the road I finally decided to turn around and went back and found the spot and was glad I did. This one was ultimately my single contribution to the OBS Photo Journal for 2010. I'll have to work a bit harder on that in 2011.
#4 - The Wildflowers of Walmart Valley
While we were living at the Residence Inn during our home reconstruction we were blessed with some unexpected bits of beauty. The hotel was surrounded with vacant lots that were mostly sand and scrub. The view across the street was to the huge Walmart and multiple strip malls that made up the area. Not much to look at for sure. But from early spring until early fall those vacant lots were constantly bathed in a changing array of wildflowers like I've never seen before. Every morning and evening we would wander through them with the dog marveling at the beauty beneath our feet. I shared an album of these with my Facebook friends titled "A Spring Evening In Walmart Valley". If you look around you there is beauty in the most unexpected places.
#5 - Half Dome Evening Light
In June we spent 6 amazing days in the #1 place on my life list - Yosemite. Choosing 10 top photos for the year out of the ones from any of those days in the home of John Muir and Ansel Adams would have been tough. Leaving room for the others from the rest of the year was darned near impossible. I somehow managed to include only 4 here. This one is an example of the sights that Yosemite Valley somehow manages to try to make commonplace. It's Half Dome with the incredible light that it reflects as the sun sets across the valley each evening. What is most amazing to me is that this was taken from the parking lot in Curry Village about 100 steps from our tent cabin. I have never felt so immersed in total beauty as I did in this place. For a bit more of the Yosemite experience there are about 400 more images here: http://picasaweb.google.com/mtruman42/Yosemite2010#
#6 - Tenaya Lake
During our stay in Yosemite we managed to meet up with our friend Erich (Bluedog) who just happened to be there the same time as we were. While we didn't wind up hiking together we did spend an amazing day driving from the valley across Tioga Road and down to Mono Lake, stopping about every 15 minutes along the way to soak in the incredible views. I could post about 50 of my favorite Yosemite photos from during that trip but this one won out in the end.
#7 - Yosemite Valley from Sentinel Dome
Our shortest and easiest hike in Yosemite was Sentinel Dome. Near the top of Glacier Point Road it's a couple of mile stroll to what has to be one of the most awe inspiring places on earth. Pictures cannot do it justice. This was one of the favorite spots for Ansel Adams and the home of the Jeffrey Pine - his famous photo subject that now is just the remains of a fallen legend. In this shot Nat stops just before the summit of the dome to take in the valley spread out at our feet with Half Dome and Clouds Rest to the right.
This is the famous Ansel Adams photo of the Jeffrey Pine from 1940:
And another one in an unusual color image from him in 1948 (from the Smithsonian):
And this is my photo of what is left of it today. I wonder what sort of amazing image he would still have managed to make from it now.
#8 - Hetch Hetchy
With all the beauty of Yosemite Valley it is also a pretty crazy place. On our last day we decided to escape the crowds and drive to the "quiet side" of Yosemite - Hetch Hetchy. This is the "other Yosemite Valley" that John Muir spent so many years of his life unsuccessfully trying to save from becoming a reservoir to provide water for San Francisco. It turned out to be one of the most amazing places we've ever been. The trails were a never ending carpet of wildflowers, the path along the rim of the reservoir led to new beauty at every turn and with the exception of a very few other hikers we had it all to ourselves. It was like discovering the Garden of Eden. This photo of Kolana Rock overlooking the Hetch Hetchy reservoir captured the most amazing image in a day of amazing images. The photo cannot do it justice (and neither can the words). Our photo journey through Hetch Hetchy is also chronicled in my forum post here: http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...Eden-June-2010
#9 - Ice Plant in Monterey
This one makes it in on sentimental value. From our first trip to California almost 25 years ago Monterey has been one of my favorite places on earth. In the spring when the Ice Plant is blooming the scenes as you drive along the ocean south of Monterey and along 17 Mile Drive are a frequent repeat of this image. This was taken on a less than spectacular afternoon with gray skies covering Monterey Bay which are still not able to overcome the beauty of this place.
#10 - Crawford Notch Morning Light
The final image is another example of finding beauty in everyday places where you least expect them. In October we spent Columbus Day weekend getting in our final time of 2010 in New Hampshire. We had four straight days of amazing hikes and were in some of the most beautiful places in the Whites including the frozen pre-winter summit of Moosilauke and a perfect autumn afternoon on Zeacliff. This image came from neither. As we drove through Crawford Notch on one of the mornings the dawn light set fire to the clouds and I stopped to take this from the side of the road in an otherwise completely unremarkable place. Seems like a fitting place to end the year in pictures.
Postscript - The Photographer
OK, I'm cheating since I've already put in my 10 (and actually one extra as well) but I had to add this one. The day that we hiked Pierce with Tim and Val we had a typical winter welcoming committee of Gray Jays as we reached treeline. Tim got this picture of me doing what I love to do most - taking pictures in these amazing places. Watch the birdie!
Wow, great pictures, Mark! I especially like the shot from Liberty and I know exactly what you mean when you say it's one of the most spectacular places you've ever been...can't beat a winter summit with a thin veil of clouds over the valley.
Your shots of Yosemite are stunning as well. Thanks for sharing!
All of you have such beautiful pictures. Mine are not as good as many, but I liked them.
Echo Lake back in the summer.
From the top of Cathedral ledge.
Just a mushroom.
A Happy Guy at the Fruyburg Fair.
The Beautiful tall trees of NH.
A Butterfly in my yard.
They're all beautiful photos Kathy! I especially like the "A Happy Guy at the Freyburg Fair". :)
Greg - Your pictures are great. You have some amazing shots of people skiing. Your snow-packed landscapes are really incredible.
Mark - Well done photos. I agree, I think your view of the Presidentials from Pierce is great! The picture of Yosemite Valley from Sentinel Dome is unbelievable. It doesn't even seem real!!! If it looks that amazing from the photo, it must have been breathtaking in person. Your Jeffrey Pine Tree pictures are pretty neat. I've never seen this before. At first, as I was scrolling down, I thought the second shot was yours comparing it to the black & white image. Then I kept reading and scrolling. It's sad the pine isn't still alive, but I'm glad to see there is still remnants of it. A piece of natural history for sure. Great set of photos!!!
Kathy - Your shot of Echo Lake is fantastic...the butterfly is great too. I'm certainly with Bob, I like the "Happy Guy"!!!
Here are 10 of my favorites from 2010.
Looking north towards Crawford Notch from Mount Hedgehog.
A view north from Bear Mountain, CT
The Pinnacle, Hamburg, PA
Mount Washington from Mount Pierce
Mount Washington from Mount Jackson
Mount Washington from Mount Webster
Lion Head - STP2010
Hermit Lake from Lion Head - STP2010
Under the tent at STP2010
One cold day in Bucks County, PA