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