This foliage season is truly turning out to be the best in many years in the Northern White Mountains. Nearing peak, the richness of the reds, and the glow of the yellows is truly remarkable.
The weather the past few days has been extremely variable...sun, clouds, fog, thunderstorms, wind, warm, cold, rain, and a few perfect landscape skies. Given the variability, I opted for less hiking this weekend, and more seeking specific sites that fit the weather's mood swing of the moment. That's not to say I didn't put some mileage on my feet. I was able to enjoy short hikes to Ammonoosuc Lake, to Little Cherry Pond, and to the end of Basin Pond.
I truly experienced a lot between the shots...got to meet some great people, hiked with olde friends, and saw some things that just don't translate well in the camera. One such experience was during a short bushwhack yesterday down to the Saco River from Rt. 302 in hopes of finding a view up to a gorgeous red ridge. While walking through, I was noting that much of the area was great moose habitat, so it didn't surprise me to hear a large animal in the woods just to my left. I didn't expect that animal to be a full grown black bear. Fortunately we both retreated quickly, but in pausing to confirm the improvement in my situation, I noticed two cubs up a nearby tree.
Now, I'm not a wildlife photographer, nor do I have the lenses for it, but I couldn't pass up the chance to capture the moment. Really have an appreciation for what the gnome does...I was shaking all over...so not for the portfolio, but a fun shot.
Baby Bear......Big Blurry Crop From A Short Lens...
Additionally, I learned this weekend that not all autumn shots need to be of foliage. While at Little Cherry Pond last night with Ryan last night, storm clouds and calm winds created a stunning scene at sunset. Not at all what I expected to shoot that evening, but a great moment to witness and capture.
As for foliage shots, here are a few...I'll be processing more them this week, and share them here when time allows! In chronological order...
First Frosting on Mt. Washington
Choppy Day on Echo Lake
Dawn From Jackson
Harvest Moon Over Basin Pond