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The slides on Langdon Brook in Center Chatham, NH.

Sunsets colored by Canadian smoke. The first shows the flooded fields of Fryeburg Harbor. And the White Mountains are in the back of both of these.

And, yes, some gravel biking.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Maine sunset waterfall White Mountain National Forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2023/8/summertime Thu, 17 Aug 2023 01:34:38 GMT
Fireworks at the Mount Washington Hotel https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2023/7/fireworks-at-the-mount-washington-hotel July 4 fireworks at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Here is the scene before the display started.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) fireworks Mount Washington Hotel New Hampshire https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2023/7/fireworks-at-the-mount-washington-hotel Thu, 06 Jul 2023 02:51:20 GMT
A Photographer's Day On Paris Hill https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2023/6/a-photographers-day-on-paris-hill If you happened to be on Paris Hill (Maine) this morning, you got to hear the rumble of a 1936 Duesenberg SJN Convertible Sedan by Rollston driving around as part of a photo session for the Hamlin Memorial Library's 2024 calendar. To see the final photos, be sure to get your calendar at this year's Founder's Day on July 15 or from the Library's website. Until then, see some outtakes below.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Duesenberg Hamlin Memorial Library Paris Hill https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2023/6/a-photographers-day-on-paris-hill Sat, 24 Jun 2023 03:43:24 GMT
Winter Cold https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2022/2/winter-cold This winter has given us some cold weather. Not -30 degrees F mind you, but -20. These images all represent cold to me. Many involved some frozen fingers.

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The next two are from Echo Lake State Park in Conway, NH. White Horse Ledge first and Cathedral Ledge second.

Sunset after an afternoon of cross-country skiing on Kezar Lake Country Club.

Next are seaside images from around Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

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That is Ram Island Light seen from Ocean Point.

Next is Crawford Notch with Mount Willard catching the late afternoon sun and the Mount Washington Hotel with Mount Eisenhower in the background also.

Fresh snow:

And finally fresh snow in Stow, Maine and North Chatham, NH.

The cold of winter isn't over yet.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Echo Lake State Park Maine Mount Washington New Hampshire snow https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2022/2/winter-cold Tue, 15 Feb 2022 01:55:24 GMT
Sailing Penobscot Bay https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/10/sailing-penobscot-bay Friends have a sailboat in Rockland, Maine and they invited me out to sail on Penobscot Bay for the day.

Morning started with sunrise from Mount Battie in the Camden Hills State Park.
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The sun is rising over the mountains of Acadia National Park and Camden Harbor is on the right.

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Camden Harbor in the foreground and the glint of Owl's Head Light in the distance.

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All aboard in Rockland Harbor.

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Owl's Head on our way out into the bay.

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Brown's Head Light on Vinalhaven Island.

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Osprey nest on a marker in the Fox Island Thoroughfare between Vinalhaven and North Haven Islands.

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The ferry terminal on North Haven Island.

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More of North Haven.

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The Captain Neal Burgess, Maine Ferry Service out of Rockland to North Haven.

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A restored Friendship sloop off Owl's Head Light.

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Looking up the coast to Rockport with Mount Battie and the higher Camden Hills in the background.

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Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

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Heading in to the mooring in Rockland Harbor at sunset.

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For the black and white images, I used an Ilford HP 5 Plus "film recipe" from Ritchie Roesch as a starting point with the Fuji X-E3. Thanks to Mr. Roesch

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Brown's Head Camden Camden Hills State Park Captain Neal Burgess Fox Island Thoroughfare lighthouse Maine Mount Battie North Haven Owl's Head Penobscot Bay Rockland Vinalhaven https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/10/sailing-penobscot-bay Mon, 04 Oct 2021 22:00:00 GMT
2021 Hamlin Library Calendar https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/7/2021-hamlin-library-calendar As another fundraiser for the Hamlin Library, we have produced a 2021 calendar with photos of the cars. The calendar includes 12 all new photos of the front of cars in the Bahre collection from 1910 - 1953. Mecum Car Auctions has provided support for the production of this calendar. Calendars will be available at the Founder's Day event this Saturday, July 17 and later through the library and other places. Contact the Hamlin Library to get your copy. 207-743-2980 [email protected]

 

Calendar cover- 1934 Packard 1106 (Twelve) Runabout Speedster by LeBaronCalendar cover- 1934 Packard 1106 (Twelve) Runabout Speedster by LeBaron

 

What do you think? If you cannot acquire a calendar, please contact me.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) calendar Hamlin Library Paris Hill Paris Hill Maine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/7/2021-hamlin-library-calendar Thu, 15 Jul 2021 21:05:00 GMT
2021 Hamlin Library Founder's Day Poster https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/7/2021-hamlin-library-founders-day-poster This event is back for 2021 and here is the poster!

If you can't read it in the small size, the car is a 1930 Packard 745 Convertible Sedan by Dietrich. Here is a look behind the scenes at the photo session last November.

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Without a polarizing filter to remove windshield glare.

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As you can see, we tried a few different settings.

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Taken at the "wrong" angle, and this long car looks very short.

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With the light disappearing, the car heads off into the sunset. On the other side of the gate in the background are the buildings where the cars are stored. This Saturday cars will be on display inside (and outside, weather permitting) those buildings.

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Here is the driver's seat of this car.

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A promotional banner announcing the event will be on display in town. Here is the car photograph on the banner.

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This 1947 Delahaye 135-M Roadster by Figoni & Falaschi was the subject of the 2014 poster.

There is another fundraiser as part of this event and I'll explain that in the next post.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) 1930 Packard 745 Convertible Sedan by Dietrich Bahre collection Founder's Day Hamlin Library Packard Paris Hill Maine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/7/2021-hamlin-library-founders-day-poster Mon, 12 Jul 2021 21:05:00 GMT
Mount Avalon in winter https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/4/mount-avalon-in-winter Mount Avalon is on the south side of Crawford Notch.

 

Starting in a snowstorm.

Summiting.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Crawford Notch Mount Avalon New Hampshire snow White Mountain National Forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/4/mount-avalon-in-winter Wed, 21 Apr 2021 21:45:00 GMT
Winter 2021 https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/3/winter-2021 Now that it is officially spring, I have waited long enough to show snowy winter pictures.

Mount Washington from Sweden, Maine.

Sucker Brook, West Lovell, Maine. A sucker is a kind of fresh water fish.

The Shawnee Peak Ski Area on Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton, Maine from Moose Pond.

The next image is a lurid tail of life and death in the wilds. Yes, the were drops of blood in the snow above that animal's hole.

Mount Jefferson from Pinkham Notch.

The Great Glens snow coach coming back down the Mount Washington Auto Road.

Goose Eye Mountain from Berlin, New Hampshire

And the northern Presidentials from Berlin, New Hampshire.

Mount Meader from the Basin, North Chatham, New Hampshire.

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Trending into spring.

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It's About Time https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/2/its-about-time Time for another Lake Living Magazine article and cover that is. The article is about Hickory Dickory Doc Clock Shop.

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And this is the cover of the Fall/Winter 2020 issue. These are the works for an antique wooden clock that have been removed from the case. Here is the larger setup which shows the movement is working.

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Check out the article online. Perhaps you even want to visit Mark in Cornish.

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Can you spot the sundial?

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Clocks of all shapes and sizes.

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The clock repairman's assistant?

 

I hope you have enjoyed another interesting look at a Lake Living Magazine article. Read what Laurie had to say about Mark's work online or get your print issue at local businesses.

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Last year's cycling https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/2/last-years-cycling My last cycling trip for the year was back up into the White Mountains. I had read the description of this route on GravelMap and saw that gravel bikes weren't recommended so I took the old mountain bike. The ground had frozen some and then it was wet on top. So with my old-fashioned toe clips on the bike, there were plenty of places that were steep enough I couldn't restart once I lost traction. That meant it was time to push.  Anyway, not many photos because it was cold.

This last one is at the top of the ridge. Continue on and you descend into Bartlett. It was near sunset so it was time to turn back. Since this ride, the pedals have been changed out to modern platform pedals without clips.

There was one more opportunity for a ride on the road January 1. A storm was predicted for the next day so I took the last opportunity.

And then it changed to this:

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Mount Jefferson https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2021/1/mount-jefferson It had been too long since I climbed this peak. So here is Caps Ridge Trail again.

Doesn't it look like a giant foot?

Hang around here too long and the Gray Jays flock in. They don't call them "camp robbers" for nothing.

Up the "Caps."

Looking back to the west.

Cranberries and blueberries.

That tiny spot in the upper middle of the frame is a glimpse of Jefferson Notch Rd..

The summit pin, Mount Washington, and the southern Presidentials extending off to the right.

Mount Adams to the north.

The "Rockpile."

Climbing the Rockpile.

And the chasm of Great Gulf below.

I heard this strange whiny wooshing sound. Then there was this glider circling, circling overhead.

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Mount Meader - a year end posting https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/mount-meader At the end of 2020 I've been playing catch-up with blog postings. This will be the last one in 2020, but there are at least a couple more 2020 postings that you will see soon in 2021. End of year photo projects often put blog postings on the back burner. Perhaps I'll try Instagram as a way to share photos in 2021 too. Or if you have another suggestion, please share either by emailing me or leaving a comment. I hope you enjoy these experiences I have been able to share with you in the past year. Did you notice a rare photo with myself in it? Look quickly, I may delete it. Let me know what you think of the blog. I wish you all the best in 2021.


Mount Meader was a pleasant surprise. It's overshadowed by it's neighbor, South Baldface, both literally and figuratively. But it is a very nice hike it its own right. There are no spectacular ledges like on the Baldface Circle Trail, but there are some really unique views over the Basin, Shell Pond, and into Evans Notch. And at this time of year with the leaves off, the woods are very open. So here we go.

We took the side trail to Brickett Falls and then bushwhacked back to the main trail.

See, the Baldfaces.

Evans Notch and beyond is Caribou.

The views aren't really at the summit.

Speckled Mountain and a glimpse of the Basin.

The Basin dam, and, in the upper right of this photo, the Brickett Place.

Shell Pond

And the open woods on the trail back down. This was November 29, the days are short.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) chatham evans notch mount meader new hampshire white mountain national forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/mount-meader Fri, 01 Jan 2021 03:58:34 GMT
Mount Eisenhower https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/mount-eisenhower The Presidentials received some snow this fall, but as happens often, most of it melted. This allowed for the perfect opportunity to climb Mount Eisenhower by way of the Edmands Path. This isn't a rugged trail which makes it popular. It is great to get above the treeline again.

In a sheltered section of the trail there was some lingering snow and ice.

Looking toward the north: Mount Jefferson is on the left, but Franklin blocks Mount Washington from sight in this photo.

Looking toward the southeast. That is Kearsarge on the left horizon.

The long-established Crawford Path winds its way along up Franklin and on towards the summit of Mount Washington.

Pleasant Mountain in Denmark and Bridgton, Maine shows up on the horizon here.

I like that single cloud.

A little pond below the summit of Eisenhower. There were so many hikers at the top that all you get to see in this post is photos of the view.

And heading back down.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Crawford Path Edmands Path Mount Eisenhower Mount Washington New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/mount-eisenhower Fri, 01 Jan 2021 03:21:15 GMT
White Mountain cycling https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/white-mountain-cycling First a gravel ride to Mountain Pond near Jackson. November 8

No snow here.

Mountain Pond

And a peek at South Baldface on the left.

Heading back down trying to beat the sunset.


Next Province Pond in South Chatham on the eastern side of the White Mountains. December 13

Now there is some snow.

And more

Here is Province Pond. The ride out got a little dark since the headlight had been forgotten at home. This ride was wet, snowy, and rugged enough that the mountain bike was definitely the way to go.

These are two rides I want to revisit in 2021. Join me!

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Mountain Pond New Hampshire Province Pond White Mountain National Forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/white-mountain-cycling Fri, 01 Jan 2021 02:59:38 GMT
Northern New Hampshire https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/northern-new-hampshire
No, we are not going up to the Canadian border, just to spectacular Dixville Notch. First a stop on the way between Berlin and Milan to see the Nansen Ski Jump. There were reports of reopening it in the coming year, I don't know if that is still the case.

And we continue north and west into Dixville and the small but rugged notch.

And here is a glimpse of the Balsams. Will it reopen soon?

Lake Gloriette

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Dixville Notch Dixville Notch State Park Nansen Ski Jump New Hampshire https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/northern-new-hampshire Fri, 01 Jan 2021 02:43:51 GMT
Cycling the Bear Notch - Conway Loop and a Bonus https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/cycling-the-bear-notch---conway-loop-and-a-bonus Near the end of the season we finally cycled the Bear Notch Loop. We parked on the West Side Road in Conway, cycled up to US 302 in Bartlett, then turned off and rode over Bear Notch. From there we continued down the Kancamagus Highway and turned off onto Passaconway Road. That ended on West Side Road and we returned to our parked cars. A beautiful ride of course.

Even image stabilization can't remove the shake of an 1/18 second exposure while cycling.

What color!

Can you see Mount Washington back there?

Onto Passaconway Road.

Later I made two photo stops:

Bonus:

An off-road ride revealed these scenes in Sweden.

And here is Mount Washington with snow, as seen from the Causeway in Naples. You can see Baldface to the right.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Bear Notch New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/cycling-the-bear-notch---conway-loop-and-a-bonus Thu, 24 Dec 2020 18:57:00 GMT
Fall in Vermont https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/fall-in-vermont What are some of the things you think of for autumn in Vermont? Here are a few: covered bridge, foliage, dirt road, apples.

Oh, and an old schoolhouse.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) apple bridge covered Vermont https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/fall-in-vermont Thu, 24 Dec 2020 18:52:00 GMT
Baldface Circle Trail https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/baldface-circle-trail It had to happen, hiking the Baldface Circle Trail again. This was back in October of course.

A break at the shelter before heading up over the ledges.

North Kearsarge back there; some day I still need to climb that.

Sheltering from the wind.

Summit panorama

 

Looking back the way we came.

Mount Washington is in those clouds.

The trail on to North Baldface.

North Baldface's summit

We climbed up those ledges.

Normally I use Bicknell Ridge Trail to descend but this time we continued over to Eagle Crag and descended on the rest of the Baldface Circle Trail.

Emerald Pool

 

 

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Baldface Baldface Circle Trail Chatham New Hampshire North Baldface South Baldface White Mountain National Forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/12/baldface-circle-trail Thu, 24 Dec 2020 18:34:00 GMT
Acadia briefly https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/10/acadia-briefly After this year's visit Downeast I had time for quick stops around Acadia National Park. Fog and showers dogged my steps, but it was beautiful still.

Lamoine State Park on the mainland first.

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Somesville is often my first stop on the Island and here is the traditional bridge photo.

Then down to Northeast Harbor. A carriage path gatehouse on the way first.

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The Asticou Azalea Gardens were closed for maintenance so I had to do my viewing from outside the fence. This has always been a place I enjoy exploring with a camera.

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After this was Seal Harbor.

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Then there was a break in the rain so before I left Mount Desert Island, I had a view back to Bar Harbor.

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And the islands in Frenchmans Bay.

The trip home wasn't over yet.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Acadia National Park Asticou Azalea Garden Bar Harbor Lamoine State Park Northeast Harbor Penobscot Narrows Bridge https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/10/acadia-briefly Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:53:27 GMT
Revisiting Down East https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/10/revisiting-down-east Time to go back to Maine's Washington County and enjoy the rugged shoreline.

(Almost) sunrise at West Quoddy Head in Lubec.

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Mulholland Point Light across the channel from Lubec on Campobello Island, New Brunswick.

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The international bridge.

Lubec has 24 - 28 foot tide differences.

Out towards Cutler:

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Then further back down the coast along the Machias River between Machias and Machiasport:

Fog. My previous visits 1, 2, were sunnier, but this was nice too.

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A last foggy bike ride.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Campobello Cutler lighthouse Lubec Machias Mulholland Point Light West Quoddy Head West Quoddy Head Light https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/10/revisiting-down-east Tue, 13 Oct 2020 21:55:00 GMT
Cycling and kayaking in the White Mountains https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/9/cycling-and-kayaking-in-the-white-mountains First cycling, but in the New Hampshire part of the White Mountains. This time it was just a short loop up the Kancamagus and back around on Passaconway Road.

That's the covered bridge to cross the Swift River to Passaconway Rd.. It was easier crossing here than the last time I crossed the Swift River.

No, I didn't bike up this side road very far. The bike had the skinny tires (32 mm) on it. I just went up for a view of the river.

The road narrows for a while; great for cycling.

An old homestead that is getting overgrown.

Next for kayaking in the Maine part of the White Mountains.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Kancamagus Passaconway Rd Stoneham Virginia Lake White Mountain National Forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/9/cycling-and-kayaking-in-the-white-mountains Fri, 25 Sep 2020 00:20:09 GMT
Lost Nation loop https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/9/lost-nation-loop Usually you start the ride on the square in Whitefield, NH. Then you head out of town towards Jefferson.

There are the northern Presidentials.

Heading toward Lost Nation.

Is this the Lost Nation church?

Then the ride goes by Groveton and over into Vermont.

Now the Connecticut River is on your left.

And then you cross this covered bridge back into New Hampshire.

Heading back towards Whitefield.

 

 

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On the Water https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/8/on-the-water Kayaking on Five Kezars in Lovell and Waterford.

One of the outlets goes through this little dam and then feeds into Kezar Gorge.

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August cycling https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/8/august-cycling The skies were clear, but the temperatures were high. It was good to be done by noon. Over 42 miles around Greenwood, Maine.

 

The pitch of this next climb was a challenge, but you can't tell this from the photo.

The sign on the porch read, The Old Squire's Farm. Local author C.A. Stephens wrote a series of stories back in the late 1800's about cousins living with their grandparents in this part of rural Maine. Those who live here can recognize how close to life these stories are and even see the places that exist.

 

Next are three views from one of my local rides in Fryeburg Harbor.

And a gravel ride up Wild River Road in the White Mountain National Forest.

Wild River Campground.

Then the abandoned railroad bed degrades to a trail as it follows along the river.

And the bike stops here:

Just before this is a trail junction where one trail crosses the Wild River. A few years back, the Wild River proved its name once again and wiped away what once was a suspension bridge.

It looks a little difficult to cross here now.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Fryeburg Harbor Greenwood Maine White Mountain National Forest Wild River https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/8/august-cycling Sat, 29 Aug 2020 11:40:00 GMT
Late summer scenes https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/8/late-summer-scenes Cardinal flowers blare their color along the edges of the brook below my house.

In Grafton Notch, the water levels run low at Screw Auger Falls. See how much water flowed over these ledges back in the spring of 2019.

And a morning hike up Lord's Hill reveals blue skies when the summer humidity clears.

 

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Grafton Notch Grafton Notch State Park Lord's Hill Maine Screw Auger Falls waterfall White Mountain National Forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/8/late-summer-scenes Sat, 29 Aug 2020 11:30:00 GMT
Summertime https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/7/summertime There was still snow on Mount Washington on the 4th of July.

The Cataracts in Andover, Maine.

Kayaking.

Stormy weather:

Farrington Pond, Lovell

Umbagog Lake, Upton, Maine

"The Rockpile" (the summit of Mount Washington)

Caps Ridge Trail and Mount Jefferson

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Andover Mount Washington The Cataracts waterfall White Mountain National Forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/7/summertime Thu, 23 Jul 2020 21:55:00 GMT
July means fireworks https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/7/july-means-fireworks Natural fireworks:

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A friend once shared photos of fireflies that she had taken so I am still striving to get an image of them that works. Someday maybe I'll get something I like.

The Mountain Washington Hotel fireworks in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.

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Notice the lights of the cog railway station at the base of then mountain in the lower right of the photographs.

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In the next photograph you can see a faint light from the summit of Mount Washington.

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I haven't photographed a lot of fireworks lately, so there was a lot of experimenting going on during this display.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) fireworks Mount Washington Mount Washington Hotel https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/7/july-means-fireworks Thu, 23 Jul 2020 21:45:00 GMT
Updates https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/7/updates I hope you have all been able to get out and see comet NEOWISE.

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This is one of my first attempts.

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There is a new issue of Lake Living Magazine out and I have one photo in it. Also, the Founder's Day and Car Show in Paris Hill was cancelled this year obviously. We have a poster, but it will saved for 2021.

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Cycling in Maine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/6/cycling-in-maine Friends joined me to cycle a loop starting and ending in Andover, Maine.

East B Hill Road out of Andover had construction and includes some serious climbing.

Then the route turned onto Rte. 26 and headed south to Grafton Notch.

And then through the Notch.

And then down into the valley in Newry.

Then the route took US Rte. 2 East. And to go back to Andover we turned onto Rte. 5 north and then detoured through the Lovejoy Covered Bridge.

And then the rain started. For the last four miles back into Andover.

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Into summer https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/6/into-summer

Hungry?

After that rail trail ride I went up to Randolph Hill:

Yes, the clouds had started to break and now you can see Mt. Madison and close to the top of Mt. Adams. See the snow? That was June 13.

Haying.

Horseshoe Pond next:

And a thundercloud which did not bring rain to my location.

Thanks to those who have commented on my postings.

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Cycling with lupines -- Northern New Hampshire https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/6/cycling-with-lupines----northern-new-hampshire The Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail is a route across northern New Hampshire made up of connecting paved and gravel roads and rail trail. Well, to learn more, go to this site. It runs from Woodsville, New Hampshire on the Connecticut River to Bethel, Maine and there are extensions to go further. This time I just did and out and back from the Dolly Copp Rd. in Randolph out to the the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge. From the people I shared the trail with (mountain bikers, horseback riders, walkers [one with llamas]) I heard of a bear sighting, a fawn, and beaver.

See the old railway pole. Along this stretch there were old railway buildings too.

This is the viewing platform on Cherry Pond.

Cherry Pond

On the return I took Valley Road in Jefferson to see more lupines.

If it weren't cloudy you would see the northern Presidentials here and maybe a little snow high up on those peaks.

This last one was taken at Appalachia.

 

Technical note: the trail surface was good enough for a gravel bike with 35 mm slick tires (Panaracer Gravelkings)

 

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Livermore - Bear Notch Loop https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/6/livermore---bear-notch-loop A week later than the last post, I revisited Sawyer River Road and made a loop with the Kancamagus Highway and Bear Notch.

 

The road had been open until this point.

The trail across this bridge goes to Sawyer Pond.

And then you drop down to the Kancamagus side: this trail follows what once was a logging railroad.

The railroad crosses a swampy area with views of the mountains.

Yes, my feet got wet here, but I was to get more wet later.

That does look like old railroad ties down there.

Now what?

And eventually you come to the Swift River. It is recommended that you start from the Kancamagus side since it is close to the trailhead so that you don't arrive at the river and find you cannot cross, but of course I didn't do that.

There were people crossing before me, so I knew I could make it.  I used the bike as support against the current rushing over the ledge. It wasn't that deep, but the chain got wet.

Upstream was this small waterfall.

Then there was a headwind slowing down the ride down the Kancamagus Highway to Bear Notch.

And Bear Notch was still gated so I had it almost to myself.

Down in the valley you can see the village of Bartlett. That is my next waypoint. See the snow on Mount Washington?

Almost to Bartlett Village. And then it was northwest on the main road to the car. 27.1 miles for the loop.

 

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Livermore https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/5/livermore A deserted town site, moose, apples, snow? All along a gravel road in the White Mountains.

Then the town site:

The old bank vault in a cellar hole.

Then the old mill.

Sawyer River.

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White Mountain National Forest

I smelled them before I noticed them underfoot.

Then further up the road.

A little snow.

And only moose tracks unfortunately.

We'll be back again.

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April... https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/4/april snow showers. We kept getting snow (and rain) this month. Now I have three colors of wild violets around my yard: yellow, white, and purple. So let's revisit April.

First April 11:

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Then April 19:

This spring is hidden in the woods, but back in the 1800's it watered a farmhouse and barn. The cellar hole is behind me.

April 20, starting with the gorge of Five Kezars, then Five Kezars, and ending in North Waterford.

And lastly April 30, today, showing how much snow is left on Baldface.

 

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Spring and snow https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/4/spring-and-snow Our spring has been mixed with snow.
 Not unusual.

The ice is still on Horseshoe Pond.
 

Moon rise:

And moon set:

A kestrel visiting or staying?

 

On a sadder note, I found out last week that a former Lake Living cover celebrity of ours passed away last week. He was 12 1/2.

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Early spring cycle https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/4/early-spring-cycle Pump up the tires to 45 psi and put on gloves.

 

A valley up against the White Mountains.

This is what the roads look like in Stow. Notice the spill of sand and salt left over from the recent snowstorm?

And the orange sign posts the mud season weight limit sign.

A line of the White Mountains from Stow Meadows. While I was here, a couple of wood ducks took off behind me.

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Is it Spring? https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/3/is-it-spring That is what the calendar says.

Yes, 8" of new snow fell to welcome us on the morning of March 24!

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Winter's end https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/3/winters-end

A view of some great hikes from a great hike:

Entering Evans Notch:

 The Bricket place made from local bricks.

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Crawford Notch https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/2/crawford-notch

And a bonus of Mount Washington with the summit almost visible through the clouds.

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It looks like coyotes were investigating at this beaver lodge. You may be able to see where the snow has melted near the top of the lodge indicating that it is occupied. We'll have to ask Leigh Hayes about that.

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Around the bend in the distance is Kezar Lake.

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Speckled Mountain on the horizon with just the top of Blueberry Mountain below and to the right.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Lovell Maine snow https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/2/the-swamp-in-winter Mon, 10 Feb 2020 23:55:00 GMT
Echo Lake State Park https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/2/echo-lake-state-park Winter-time in Echo Lake State Park.

The cold wind burns my face, and blows 
Its frosty pepper up my nose.

from "Winter-Time" by R.L. Stevenson

 

Echo Lake and White Horse Ledge

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New Year -- new snow: 2020 https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2020/1/new-year----new-snow-2020 2019 closed in a snowstorm. As the sun came up on 2020, it lighted the snow-covered trees and mountains.

May you all have a great 2020.

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Early December https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/12/early-december We are easing into winter. Yes, it has been cold at times.


Don't forget your 2020 calendar of cars from the Bahre collection. Buy a copy of a 2020 calendar we put together as another fundraiser for the Hamlin Memorial Library, 207-743-2980.

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Fall colors end https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/11/fall-colors-end Now that all our leaves have blown off, I'll share the rest of the foliage photos:


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Bear Pond in Waterford

Next are views from Bear Notch and you can see some of the first snow of the season on Mount Washington.

The top of Bear Notch.

From the scenic vista in North Conway, October 19.

Sunset, Upper Ridge, Bridgton

Part of Silver Cascade in Crawford Notch.

Not many leaves left there.

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Fall colors https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/10/fall-colors And what a colorful fall it has been.

Hemlock Bridge Road:

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To Hemlock Bridge:

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Over the Old Saco River

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And the sun was out some days:

Those are called the Green Hills, but they were not then.

South and North Baldface below:

Basin Pond

I'm saving more for later.

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Lake Living Magazine autumn 2019 https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/10/lake-living-fall-2019 Lake Living magazine's fall issue has been on the stands for a little while now. Here are more photos from the cover story.

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This home has a beautiful view of the White Mountains. The main section is built from the timber frame of a local barn. The interior design is by Robin Taylor Design.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Lake Living Magazine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/10/lake-living-fall-2019 Wed, 23 Oct 2019 22:48:00 GMT
Alabama https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/10/alabama Northeast Alabama had a heat-wave and was enduring the end of a drought in the beginning of October.

Cotton:

Buck's Pocket State Park

DeSoto Falls, DeSoto Falls State Park

Little River Falls, Little River Canyon National Preserve

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Alabama Buck's Pocket State Park DeSoto Falls Desoto Falls State Park Little River Canyon National Preserve Little River Falls waterfall https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/10/alabama Wed, 23 Oct 2019 22:45:00 GMT
Visiting New Jersey https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/10/visiting-new-jersey As you have seen before in my blog, New Jersey is not all city.

A number of old deserted railways have been turned into paths for human-powered locomotion.

This is the Columbia Trail which starts in High Bridge. Below is the bridge that crosses the Ken Lockwood Gorge.

Often you find old reminders of days gone by, like the train station here in Califon.

Along the Delaware River there are trails on the east bank in New Jersey with bridges that cross over to the trail along the canal in Pennsylvania.

See below how the canal is transported over a tributary of the Delaware River.

At Lumbersville, Pennsylvania, there is a footbridge to take you back across the Delaware.

There are historic towns, like Clinton with its old mill and picturesque Main Street.

 

So now you have seen another side of New Jersey.

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Late summer https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/9/late-summer

Late summer brings us:

And:

The last flowers of the year:

A beautiful sunset

And next will be fall. Not to rush the seasons.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Maine summer https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/9/late-summer Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:25:00 GMT
Summer stream https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/8/summer-stream Relax.

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Founder's Day 2019 - Paris Hill, Maine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/7/founders-day-2019---paris-hill-maine Yearly, the residents of Paris Hill, Maine have commemorated the founding of their community with an event on the village green. For the past forty-one years, the Bahre family, who own the home on Paris Hill which once belonged to Hannibal Hamlin (Lincoln's first vice-president), open their automobile collection to the public as a fundraiser for the library and museum. This library is housed in the old granite jail. Gathering on the square are vendors with food, art and crafts, music, and, lately, some bring their own classic cars.

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Waiting for the visitors at the lower car building.

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People return year after year to admire these automobiles which range from a 1914 Baker electric car, to a Harvey Earl Cadillac, to Packards and Duesenbergs, to a recent Bentley.

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A beautiful boat-tail Auburn with V12.

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Some day I want to make a poster of the next car:

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And here is the curator of the collection giving visitors a talk about the 1934 Duesenberg which was on this year's poster. He had just started it up and you could hear it from the top of the hill.

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It is an amazing collection of cars. To see them again, wait until next year, or buy a copy of a 2020 calendar we put together as another fundraiser for the Hamlin Memorial Library, 207-743-2980. Karin at Grassroots Graphics in Oxford, Maine has done a great job getting the calendars printed in a very short time. If you were there, leave a comment below.

 

Below are some of the classic cars people brought:

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2019 Hamlin Library Founder's Day Poster https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/7/2019-hamlin-library-founders-day-poster This poster started in the winter. How do you take a photo in the winter in Maine for an event that to take place in July? This is how we did it.
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It wasn't warm either.

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Back in Lightroom and Photoshop, we narrowed it down to two images for a composite in the poster.

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The Duesenberg ("bird") hood ornament.

Then it went into Photoshop:

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This project includes two sizes for the poster and a postcard. The postcard front looks like the poster without the inset image. The back looks like this:

So now when you visit for Founder's Day this weekend (July 20) you can compare the summer scenery with the snow-covered location from the December 31, 2018 photographs. And weather predictions at this point say it will be quite the opposite of a wintry day.

We are making another calendar of photos of cars from the collection to be sold as well. You should be able to get them at Founder's Day or contact the library. Email me for details. Maybe I'll see you on Paris Hill this Saturday!

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) 1934 Duesenberg 1934 Duesenberg SJ Torpedo Convertible Victoria by Rollston Duesenberg Founder's Day Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum Paris Hill Maine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/7/2019-hamlin-library-founders-day-poster Tue, 16 Jul 2019 22:40:00 GMT
Pleasant Mountain - Ledges Trail https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/6/pleasant-mountain---ledges-trail Going up!

Then you get to the ledges:

Blueberries to come:

Looking to the southwest:

It was the longest day of the year, but because of the cloud bank over Mount Washington, the light was pretty dim by the time we got back to the cars.

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New Growth https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/6/new-growth In spring, the deciduous trees grow new leaves. Not to be left out the coniferous trees have new growth too.

 

 

Here are some other spring sights now:

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Maine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/6/new-growth Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:16:28 GMT
Spring walks and drives https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/6/spring-walks-and-drives Here we are looking over Cold River Valley to Baldface from the ledges on Pine Hill -- from Maine to New Hampshire. We didn't stay long; the mosquitoes and black flies chased us off.

 

Beaver Pond in Kinsman Notch, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire. This is a SOOC .jpg from the Fuji X-E3 using settings to simulate old Kodachrome II listed by Mr. Roesch on his Fuji blog.

The first image of Frenchman's Hole, near Sunday River, was taken with the same Kodachrome II simulation and the second was a RAW processed image in Lightroom 6 to Velvia film simulation.

This was taken downstream from Frenchman's Hole on the Bull Branch of Sunday River.

This Kodachrome II simulation has been interesting to experiment with; if you have a Fuji camera you may wish to check the link for the directions.

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Spring https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/5/spring Spring is here, gradually, and the black flies are out in clouds.

Beautiful painted trillium growing up from the brush left from logging operations.

New life springing up from last year's oak leaves.

The next few are from earlier in the spring.

The last snow on the lower mountains, on May 16.

Screw Auger Falls in Grafton Notch State Park.

A Balm of Gilead tree in Gilead, Maine. (black and white)

The Saco River with the Conway Intervales: the Moats on the left, White Horse Ledge in the middle, and Mount Washington under the clouds.

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Lake Living Magazine Spring 2019 https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/3/lake-living-magazine-spring-2019 The spring issue of Lake Living Magazine should be on the stands about now. My contributions to this issue are photographs of a local potter's work. Amongst his projects are cooking vessels and these are the subjects of my photos. Some pieces are meant for stovetop and others for in the oven. Rusty Wiltjer crafts these pieces from his studio in Waterford, Maine.

We tried different setups of this for the cover:

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With the lemons?

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Or without? Do you see that watermelon radish? It was from Patch Farm and we sampled it afterwards. Brenna Mae of Patch Farm was on the cover of Lake Living for the summer 2018 issue. The tea pot (kettle?) was steaming away.

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And we sampled the bread Rusty had made and had tea.

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This two-piece vessel would be used to cook a whole chicken in the oven. Unfortunately we did not have a chicken so we were not able to sample that.

So check out the new issue of Lake Living Magazine in print or online.

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A new fire truck for Vergennes https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/2/a-new-fire-truck-for-vergennes On the 12th of January, Vergennes, Vermont received their newest addition. It arrived on a cold, clear morning.

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Kancamagus Highway, December 1 https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2019/1/kancamagus-highway-december-1 Snow came to stay early in the mountains this year. Along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire there were high snowbanks by December 1.

Someone erected a snowman at Lower Falls.

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But Lily Pond was frozen and snow-covered.

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Snowbanks piled high above the cars. The road crew had to literally cut their way through in one of the previous storms: heavy snow downed trees.

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Can you catch a glimpse of the road sign buried near the top of the pass in the image above?

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The Osceola range above.

Looking back toward Conway, below.

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Fleeting autumn https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/10/fleeting-autumn Here is how our autumn colors have fared in twenty-one images.

The road to the Stone House.

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Rattlesnake Gorge, Stow, Maine

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Rattlesnake Pool, Stow, Maine

A car driving down the Mount Washington Auto Road

Pinkham Notch, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

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And then winter tried to make its presence known in mid-October by dusting the higher elevations with snow. This is Mount Washington.

South Baldface from a different angle

Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, New Hampshire with Carter Notch in the distance

The leaves had blown off in exposed areas by October 19.

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Morning alpenglow on North Kearsarge and Doublehead with a glazing of snow.

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Storm clouds over the Moats with the Conway intervales below, October 25

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Plenty of snow on Mount Washington by October 26.

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A sunset view from the Kancamagus Highway on October 26.

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Lake Living Magazine autumn 2018 https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/10/lake-living-magazine-autumn-2018 Is it October already? I had the opportunity to take photographs for another Lake Living Magazine article. It is of a new camp on a small lake in Maine. The architect for this project is John Cole.

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The camp has broad porches, screened and un-screened, for family gatherings.

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Lines are simple at the owners' request, but get the whole story from the magazine article.

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Setting up the room.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) camp Lake Living Magazine Maine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/10/lake-living-magazine-autumn-2018 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 21:55:00 GMT
Founder's Day poster calendar https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/7/founders-day-poster-calendar

It is out, get your copy if you didn't at Founder's Day! Call or email the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum. 207-743-2980 or [email protected]

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2018 Paris Hill Maine Founder's Day poster https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/7/2018-paris-hill-maine-founders-day-poster It is almost time for another Founder's Day on Paris Hill, Maine. Here is the story behind this year's poster.

 

This year's poster is an concept that I had for a while. Finally it came together logistically. My "day job" of a mechanical designer has involved drawings used for manufacturing so the idea was to make a poster with three views of a car. The problem is, how do you get an image of a collectible car from above for the top view? We had been coming up with different ideas, but last year there was a lift being used for construction at the site of the car collection and so we finally had our opportunity.

Before we get to the images, some background on our poster child: this 1934 Packard 1106 Runabout Speedster by LeBaron was custom-ordered for Clark Gable. In the Bahre Collection it has been on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the Allure of the Automobile exhibition in 2010. And last year it won the Governor's Cup (Best of Show) at the Elegance at Hershey.

I started with the front, back, and sides.

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And then I had to go up.

This photo is courtesy of Jeff Orwig, curator of The Bahre Collection. My camera has an aircraft cable leash attaching it to the basket; double-protection.

Here are views you will never have seen before:

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Amazing, right?

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It was another fun photo shoot. Producing the poster was a process that involved a lot of feedback; thanks to all. Be sure to make it to Paris Hill on July 21 this year to see this Packard and all the other amazing cars. You can pick up a special edition copy of the poster for yourself at the event too.

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Also this year we made a special fund-raiser 2019 calendar. It is a collection of all the posters I have made for Founder's Day. The posters are adapted to fit the calendar format. To get your copy, go to Founder's Day or contact the Hamlin Memorial Library & Museum at 207-743-2980. I've heard it looks pretty nice, but haven't seen it in print yet, so let me know what you think.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) 1934 Packard 1106 Runabout Speedster by LeBaron Bahre Collection Founder's Day Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum Hannibal Hamlin Maine Packard Paris Hill https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/7/2018-paris-hill-maine-founders-day-poster Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:54:00 GMT
King Ravine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/7/king-ravine It is past time for another hike. A friend wanted a recommendation of a hike in the White Mountains and King Ravine in Randolph has been on my list of places to revisit for a long time. So here we go.

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At certain lower elevations, all the trees' leaves were partially eaten by a caterpillar. It made the light in the woods seem like springtime.

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Near Mossy Falls

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Looking back out of the ravine you can see forests affected by the caterpillar. Volunteers from the Randolph Mountain Club doing trail maintenance told us about the caterpillars. Thanks to volunteers like these, the trails were in good shape.

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Looking at the headwall of the ravine. The top of the Chemin des Dames trail is is the upper left corner of the photo.

Entering the Subway was a little confusing since we couldn't find the markers at first. It became a treasure hunt to make sure we could enjoy all the twists and tunnels of the trail.

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A lone tree in the Subway.

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Next we went into the Ice Caves. Yes, July 7 there was still ice and snow down in the caves.

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The RMC's Crag Camp is up on that ridgeline.

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Common Wood-Sorrel back down the trail.

King Ravine is a great destination all on its own, or you can proceed up Mount Adams. We just enjoyed the day exploring the ravine. The trail does not have any steep climbs, but there is a lot of scrambling over large boulders as you approach the ravine. The scenery is spectacular.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) New Hampshire hiking Ice Caves King Ravine King Ravine Trail Randolph Randolph Mountain Club snowman Subway White Mountain National Forest https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/7/king-ravine Wed, 11 Jul 2018 22:01:00 GMT
Lake Living magazine summer 2018 #2 https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/6/lake-living-magazine-summer-2018-2 Another Lake Living Magazine photo session, this one of Cornish, Maine. It has developed into a picturesque town in southern Oxford County. There is a park on the square, a number of small shops, and a large inn in the center of the village. This is where the photos were taken.

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Inside some of the shops:

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And, finally, what has become a Cornish landmark of late:

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) at once all agog bridgton cornish krista's lake living magazine maine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/6/lake-living-magazine-summer-2018-2 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:30:00 GMT
Lake Living magazine summer 2018 #1 https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/6/lake-living-magazine-summer-2018-1 For the 2018 summer issue of Lake Living magazine, I photographed the Bridgton Farmers' Market and nearby shops of Depot Street and shops on Main Street in Cornish. So this will be a two-part post. The cover will be from these images in Bridgton, but you will have to see the magazine to find out which one made it.

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And, on a different day, the shops on the other side of Depot Street.

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We always stretch ourselves trying to make images that look like summer Maine when it is late spring.

Cornish, Maine in the next post.

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Maine spring https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/6/maine-spring Here is a selection of spring images going back a month at least. First two photos of Baldface from Chatham, New Hampshire. Then two photos of Evans Notch.

Mount Washington

The Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine

Kayaking on the Basin in the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

And what happens when I let part of my lawn grow

The last four images were taken with the Fujifilm X-A5, which has replaced my Panasonic ZS100.

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Hunterdon Co. Arboretum https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/5/hunterdon-co-arboretum Enjoy with me the colors of spring in Hunterdon County Arboretum in Lebanon, New Jersey. The photos were take May 7 and 10.


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Lake Living Spring 2018 https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/3/lake-living-spring-2018 Look out Lily, Lake Living magazine may have a new cover girl: Jane!

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The set and the props.

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The stand-in (to check the lighting).

Prep and makeup (flour for the nose.)

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"We need more flour in this recipe."

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"Pass the towel, please. There is a little drool we have to clean up."

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"Quack!" A little diversion to keep our model happy. So simple.

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Then a second pose.

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"Hooray! We're done." Forty fuss-free minutes. Thanks, Baby Jane. And thank-you to your parents and grandmother. Look for us in the spring issue of Lake Living magazine and see which photo made the cover.

 

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Sabattus in winter https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/2/sabattus-in-winter We hiked Sabattus a month earlier this year than last. Still the trails were packed. We wore grips instead of snowshoes to provide traction on the icy spots.

Mount Washington, South and North Baldface, Carter Dome, and a glimpse of Mount Adams(?).

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) lovell maine sabattus snow winter hike https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/2/sabattus-in-winter Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:31:00 GMT
The camera or the photographer https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/2/the-camera-or-the-photographer All photographers have heard this: "You have a nice camera." or "You must have a nice camera." And I do, but, let's discuss both sides of this as illustrated by this photo.

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Not a spectacular photo admittedly, but it may be the best I'll ever get of a bobcat. This is a very tight crop from the full image (I can post that later if anyone likes).

Part 1 - the great camera

This was taken with a modern full-frame DSLR with a 70-300 image-stabilized zoom. It is amazing the quality that can be achieved under less than optimal conditions with cameras today. The modern sensor allowed for a high ISO with low noise to get a reasonable shutter speed. The image stabilization helped make up for shooting from a car window handheld. The autofocus almost (it is actually focused a little behind) made it on the second try before the animal turned tail and walked away.

Part 2 - the photographer's experience

The camera was, as usual, on the passenger seat of the car beside me. As I pulled the camera out of the case, I set the ISO to match the dim lighting (recognition of lighting, familiarity with the equipment) and zoomed the lens. Everything else on the camera was set already (RAW, AF, etc.). Three clicks and the bobcat was gone. Of course an experienced wildlife photographer would have gotten even better results. With a little judicious post-processing of the RAW file the results are something I am very happy with -- not for a large print perhaps.

Part 3 - that unknown factor

The bobcat happened to stop after crossing the road yet within a close distance. And, I happened to have the right lens on the camera.

So, take more photos and keep your camera with you.

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Ice & snow https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/1/ice-snow New snow on BaldfaceThe Baldfaces from Christian Hill, Lovell, Maine www.emcnerney.com [email protected] www.emcnerney.com [email protected]

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Remember the postings from last year on my trip to Montana? Well I mentioned making a post about Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Instead of a post, I made a regular page about my visit here.

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January thaw https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/1/january-thaw For about three days we have had our January thaw, breaking that cold spell.

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It was accompanied by a lot of rain. So, the brooks and rivers are no longer frozen over.

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And not so much snow left on Baldface. Plenty of ice though as the temperatures dropped again when the sky started to clear.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) january thaw snow https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2018/1/january-thaw Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:13:58 GMT
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The power was out in North Conway that morning, so instead of running errands, I took photos. This is Mount Washington and the (frozen) Saco River.

Moonrise at the end of the year. Sabattus is on the right.

And then this morning:

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West Bridgton

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A sundog near the Fryeburg airport

Reflections in the Old Course of the Saco River in Fryeburg.

 

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) bridgton fryeburg maine snow https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/12/snow Tue, 26 Dec 2017 22:51:00 GMT
Portland winter afternoons https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/12/portland-winter-afternoons These are views from Portland's Munjoy Hill on two separate afternoons: the day before winter started and the first day of winter. (Actually the first three are from the bottom of Munjoy Hill near the narrow gauge railway.)


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Bug Light across the harbor and a speeding water taxi

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North Kearsarge -- I still haven't climbed it.

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East Royce https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/12/east-royce Now for a post-Thanksgiving hike up East Royce on the Maine-New Hampshire border. The road through Evans Notch (ME 113) was still open, albeit a little icy just over the top.

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The parking area is to the left just where the road dips out of site and the trail climbs off to the left.

First there is a waterfall:

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And upward -- it is a mile and a half of non-stop ascent. The lower quarter was free of snow and ice.

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And then it got challenging.

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Daylight was running out so I didn't proceed beyond this point on the top. The real summit is in the woods and the north viewpoint was hard to get to on my last trip.

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A panorama including Kezar Lake on the left, Kearsarge North in the center, and Baldface on the right.

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A snowy Mount Washington

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And carefully head back down.

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Like StreetView only no Google car travels this.

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Kezar Lake in Lovell

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White November https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/11/white-november Last night:

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This morning:

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Moose Pond, West Bridgton, Maine

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Our goal for the day was to take the Baldface Circle Trail (again) and Bicknell Ridge Trail clockwise over South Baldface (on the left) and North Baldface. So here we go.

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Emerald Pool

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Why do I often contrast white birch tree trunks with red maple leaves?

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Starting up the ledges.

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Mountain ash berries with West Royce and East Royce in the background. The state line between Maine and New Hampshire runs between the Royces.

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A view of Evans Notch (the Royces on the left and Caribou further out to the right of center) from the top of the Ledges.

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Mountain Pond and Kearsarge in the background.

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South Baldface summit

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Looking over to North Baldface while on the trail between South and North.

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Looking back to South Baldface. Kezar Lake in Lovell shows in the background and Pleasant Mountain is visible in the haze.

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The summit of North Baldface with Mount Washington in the background.

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The Ledges which we had to climb, and the fields of Cold River Valley.

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Wild River Valley and the Carter-Moriah Range. Mount Washington is there too.

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Not far down the Bicknell Ridge Trail we spotted a Boreal Chickadee. Perhaps he was surprised by the warm weather too.

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Wintergreen berries

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Back to the river.

Now a slideshow of trail photos:

We had a great autumn day to enjoy this, perhaps my favorite, trail in the White Mountains.

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Jockey Cap https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/10/jockey-cap Jockey Cap is a small hill that looks over the town of Fryeburg. If you run up, it takes five minutes, but you will be out of breath. One side has a ledge cliff and there is a monument on top.

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A faint sundog.

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The Moats are in the background and North Conway, New Hampshire is in the next valley closer, but not visible. Sherman Farms in East Conway, New Hampshire is visible to the left.

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Red maple https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/10/red-maple Since Karin liked the maple on Moose Pond, here it is again a few days later.

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Foliage season https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/10/foliage-season It has been very late in starting, but we have brilliant colors developing now:

Fiery mapleFiery maple

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Taste of Acadia https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/10/taste-of-acadia This is a sample from Acadia National Park, but it does not show any of the highlights.

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Bar Harbor, low tide

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Bar Island from Cadillac as the tide is coming back in.

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The Schoodic Peninsula and Egg Rock Light from the top of Cadillac.

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Along the new Jesup Path

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And, finally, Somesville:

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These photos hardly do it justice, but I'll have to get back to Acadia soon.

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Cobscook Bay S.P. & Cutler https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/10/cobscook-bay-s-p-cutler Cobscook Bay State Park is this hidden gem of a campground Downeast -- if you like privacy, isolation, shaded trees, and the sea.

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How many campgrounds have sites that have a footbridge to them?

The next hidden spot we visited was near Cutler. But I don't know that I'll tell you where. The distant hurricanes must have brought the offshore clouds and the pounding surf.

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A purple rock?

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Cranberries?

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Little River Lighthouse on the right and Cutler in the background.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) cobscook bay state park cutler downeast lighthouse little river lighthouse maine https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/10/cobscook-bay-s-p-cutler Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:33:00 GMT
Eastport, West Quoddy Head, and Lubec https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/10/eastport-west-quoddy-head-and-lubec For something different, a post started with a sunset. This is Eastport, Maine.

It was great to revisit Downeast Maine.

The next morning it was back to West Quoddy Head in search of a sunrise. But the clouds on the horizon made for a late sunrise.

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Fuji colors (Vivid film simulation) in this last photo.

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Here is Lubec Channel Light, the international bridge to Campobello on the right, Lubec on the left, and Eastport in the distance on the left.

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Compare the tide in the photo to last year's image. The tidal difference here is over 20 feet.

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Roadside Montana https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/10/roadside-montana This will be the last trip posting for a while. It is fall here in Maine and although the leaves are very late in changing colors, they are starting. That means fall photos.

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Wheat fields and smoke -- the forest fires were worse later.

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Snow fences north of Dillon.

Gallatin Canyon, Portal Creek Road.

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Mountain biking outside Bozeman, which you can see in the valley below.

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Evidences of a wildfire along I 94 in Columbus just a couple of weeks earlier. Notice the retardant sprayed across the highway and median?

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Badlands in eastern Montana.

I'll be back with more trip photos later. Possibly some from Virginia City (a so-called ghost town), but definitely some from Theodore Roosevelt National Park (Southern Unit) in North Dakota.

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Ghost town: Bannack, Montana https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/ghost-town-bannack-montana It is hard for me to remain objective about this next ghost town. It is one of my favorite places. And I don't mean just in Montana. It has history, isolation, scenery. The state of Montana has preserved it without commercializing it, and I hope it continues this way. So let's visit Bannack, Montana, the one-time Territorial Capital, gold-rush boom-town, corrupt lawman hangout.

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The Meade Hotel and Skinner's Saloon are the prominent buildings in this panorama (taken from the south side of the street).

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We'll go in the hotel (you can go in many of the buildings.)

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Looking out across the street to the school/Masonic hall.

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Inside Skinner's, which has been restored from the recent flash-flood damage.

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The church, and, below, inside.

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The school (lower floor):

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This is just west of town in the campground. There was work going on to build a containment pond to protect the town from flash floods, so access to the graveyard and gallows site was restricted.

I hope you enjoyed the visit to Bannack as much as I. Let me know what you think in the comments. Later in this trip we visited a so-called ghost town, but it was very much inhabited.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) bannack ghost town montana https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/ghost-town-bannack-montana Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:05:00 GMT
Beartooth Highway, or was it? https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/beartooth-highway-or-was-it My sister said I had to drive the Beartooth Highway. And to get there from Bozeman, you make a loop through a small corner of Yellowstone National Park -- a busy place on a summer weekend.

Outside the park:

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And then just inside the North Entrance:

Mammoth Hot Springs

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Undine Falls

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The Yellowstone River near Tower Falls

Landscape recovering from old forest fires:

The Lamar Valley:

This panorama is too broad to allow you to see the wildlife scattered along the river.

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Beartooth Lake

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Yes, pink snow.

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And continued up the highway:

Into the clouds. None of the famed views were visible. And, it got down to 37ºF. (My niece ran the camera here.)

Eventually we dropped back out of the clouds.

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And wound our way down the mountain.

And, after a very long day, were back in Bozeman in time for moonrise.

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Fairy Lake, Bridger Range https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/fairy-lake-bridger-range www.emcnerney.com [email protected]

The warning was about a month old and there were a lot of people around, so I was not (too) concerned. Fairy Lake is a scenic small mountain lake in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Bridger Range of Montana. The rough gravel access road is open-range so sometimes you share the road with cattle.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) bridger range custer gallatin national forest fairy lake hardscrabble peak montana sacagawea peak https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/fairy-lake-bridger-range Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:35:00 GMT
Southwestern Montana https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/southwestern-montana Along the road in southwestern Montana; enjoy the scenery with me.

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The Madison River as it cuts its way through the hills in Manhattan, Montana. The river and Montana Hwy 84 wind their way down through the canyon. Notice the smoky skies?

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The pass between Ennis and Virginia City -- that is Ennis down in the valley.

An 1885 log cabin originally built on a site 10 miles outside the city of Dillon, but now moved to this outdoor museum in the city.

More scenes of Dillon:

 

One of the saddles from Frecker's Saddlery in Dillon.

And a cattle guard on the freeway entrance I-15 on the south side of Dillon.

Late afternoon sun lights up the fields north of Dillon.

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Beaverhead Rock, a landmark for Sacagawea with Lewis and Clark's expedition.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) beaverhead county museum beaverhead rock dillon frecker's saddlery madison river montana saddle https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/southwestern-montana Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:38:00 GMT
Ghost town - Comet, Montana https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/ghost-town---comet-montana Next we visited the ghost town of Comet, Montana. Comet is up High Ore Road in the mountains north of Butte. These places do not necessarily have signs so it can be a little complicated to find them without a good map. At least one place in Comet is occupied. It looks like a bulldozer has done some work around the site. And, it is open range, as you may notice in one of the photos.

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We did not explore the town very closely because we weren't sure what was private property, but resources online and in books may explain where you can go.

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Not much left of this truck.

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See the curious residents?

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There has been an environmental cleanup at the site, but I wonder about the condition of these ponds below town. Maybe they're fine.

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Ghost town: Elkhorn, Montana https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/ghost-town-elkhorn-montana This will be the first of at least three Montana ghost town posts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed visiting them. First, Elkhorn, Montana which is in the mountains northeast of Butte.

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The first views of town (above) and looking down on town from the cemetery road (below).

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The hall was open and other buildings had signs giving their origins.

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The old schoolhouse

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On the road: North Dakota, Montana https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/on-the-road-north-dakota-montana Interstate 80 stretches on and on across North Dakota.

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Sweetbriar Lake

At a refueling stop, I spotted a sign for a "Fort Sauerkraut", so of course I had to investigate.

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The view of Hebron, North Dakota from the old Fort Sauerkraut site.

Western North Dakota, and then:

(There is more coming from North Dakota in a future post.)

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) fort sauerkraut hebron north dakota interstate 80 montana north dakota sweetbriar lake https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/9/on-the-road-north-dakota-montana Tue, 05 Sep 2017 21:35:00 GMT
Michigan's U.P. https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/8/michigans-u-p The second trip for the summer was out West. So here are a few images from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

First a view of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from a viewpoint in Munising.

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Views of the sun setting over Lake Superior from MI 28 between Munising and Marquette.

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The towers in the background here are in Marquette.

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This cookout on the beach was probably short-lived because of the oncoming thunderstorms.

On the road next morning west of Marquette:

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And finally Agate Falls.

 

More travels to come.

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Solar eclipse https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/8/solar-eclipse Certainly many people will have much better photos of yesterday's solar eclipse than this, but here is what it looked like in Bridgton, Maine.

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Jarrell Plantation https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/8/jarrell-plantation The term "plantation" brings to mind a long tree-lined drive ending with a mansion-sized white house with columns supporting the front. A place where, before the War, the property-owning family maintained their traditions while their workers maintained the fields. And cotton was King. Well, there was that, but I discovered there were more of what I came to think of as "middle-class" plantations. Such is the old Jarrell Plantation in Juliette, Georgia. The family donated the properties to the State of Georgia in 1974, keeping the "new" house in the family and running it as a B&B.

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A mural on the foundation of the visitors center showing the layout of the property behind you.

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The barn and garden: the row of tall plants is sugar cane.

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Down the hill is the sawmill, cotton gin, boiler for the steam engines, and other things for the working plantation. Up on higher ground are each of the houses, built by the different generations.

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The "new" house.

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The sawmill used to make lumber for the surrounding neighborhood include a nearby church.

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Blacksmith shop

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Wheat storage bins

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Really you need to explore this place yourself. And go on one of the weekends when the historical interpretors are there. If you find any more online about this, please leave links in the comments. You are given a guide in a three-ring binder while you tour the grounds, but there are no pamphlets to bring home. Thus the lack of details describing the photos.

This was the first of my trips this summer. More to come as I catch-up.

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Aftermath of storms https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/8/aftermath-of-storms A tornado in Bridgton took down some of the trees on this photogenic island in Moose Pond. This was back at the beginning of July.

See what it used to look like in this post.

And all the heavy rain brought the Saco River in Fryeburg up to life-threatening levels.

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Northern New Hampshire https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/8/northern-new-hampshire Time to catch up with my summertime activities:

Weeks State Park in northern New Hampshire first.

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A covered bridge in Lancaster, N.H.

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And June lupines in Sugar Hill, N. N. with the White Mountains for a backdrop.

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2017 Paris Hill Maine Founder's Day poster https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/7/2017-paris-hill-maine-founders-day-poster It is that time of year again:

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Maybe we'll meet there.

I took this photo as we were packing up from the photo session with the car in last year's poster. The Duesenberg was just parked in the line-up of cars in the car barn, but all that chrome just calls attention to itself. This is a fundraiser for the historic library on Paris Hill, Maine.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) 1940 Duesenberg SJ Town Car Cabriolet by Rollson Bahre collection Duesenberg Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum Maine Paris Hill Paris Hill Founder's Day https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/7/2017-paris-hill-maine-founders-day-poster Tue, 04 Jul 2017 20:59:36 GMT
Lake Living summer 2017 https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/6/lake-living-summer-2017 We continue our annual Lake Living Magazine summer cover theme with Lily.

The set (calmer waters than in 2015):

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The props:

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Discussing the shoot:

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And testing the waters:

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Some of the shots:

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The curious onlooker:

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The next set:

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Fighting off the enemies:

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Pulling out:

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The Sportshaus generously loaned the gear for this shoot. All photos were taken on Moose Pond in West Bridgton, Maine. The sunglasses were the same as used here. We finally got a break in the rainy weather and had a great time (except fighting mosquitoes at the end.) Thank-you Lily. And, congratulations Laurie on twenty years of Lake Living Magazine.

Now go pick up your copy of the magazine (or visit the website) to see what photo made the cover.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Bridgton Common Loon Lake Living Magazine Maine Moose Pond SUP Sportshaus loon paddle board stand-up paddleboard https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/6/lake-living-summer-2017 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:33:00 GMT
Late spring https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/6/late-spring Here are some scenes around Lovell.

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Block Island, Rhode Island https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/5/block-island-rhode-island You can see our destination even before the ferry clears the breakwater at Galilee: Block Island.

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The Point Judith Lighthouse (see my previous visit here.)

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North Light, Block Island

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Spring St.

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Southeast Lighthouse, Block Island

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To the west, Long Island, New York

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Mohegan Bluffs and over 140 steps

Vail Beach

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Kid Beach

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Settlers' Rock and North Light

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Back to Old Harbor aboard the return ferry

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Unloading at the mainland in Galilee.

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The Point Judith Lighthouse later.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Block Island Galilee Mohegan Bluffs Point Judith Rhode Island lighthouse https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/5/block-island-rhode-island Tue, 30 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT
Providence, RI - WaterFire https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/5/providence-ri---waterfire

The first photo from my new Nikon D750. This was taken at Waterplace Basin in Providence, Rhode Island at the first full WaterFire lighting of the 2017 season, May 19. The unusually hot weather was just coming to a close so it was a very comfortable evening to be out walking along the river.

The gondola stand.

Probably performer Julia Jerome above.

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(Ethan McNerney Photography) Providence, Rhode Island Rhode Island WaterFire gondolier https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/5/providence-ri---waterfire Thu, 25 May 2017 21:28:00 GMT
New leaves https://www.emcnerney.com/blog/2017/5/new-leaves