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28 September 2011

An Autumn Hodgepodge!

Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880) is better known by her pen name of George Eliot.  She was an English novelist and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. According to her, she used a male pen name to ensure that her works be taken seriously.  Thankfully, times have changed!

Here is one of George Eliot's quotes which I very much like: "Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."

And so, with that rather lengthy introduction, presented below is a hodgepodge of snapshots taken as I've scurried from one place to the next in an attempt to soak in as much of the "delicious autumn" season as possible.

The first set of snapshots were taken during a short bushwhack sojourn along the Saco River just a bit WSW of the Arethusa Falls trailhead.  (Please bear in mind that any of the photos can be ENLARGED by clicking on them.)

Looking northward toward Mt. Monroe in the Presidential Range

Looking northwesterly toward Frankenstein Cliffs

Looking southward down the Saco River

The next two snapshots were taken from the roadside just a few steps from my car.  I know, it's sort of like "cheating"!

View from Rt. 115 overlooking Pondicherry toward the Pilot Range and other high peaks in northern NH

View of northern Presidentials from Waumbek Golf Course in Jefferson, NH
Unlike the two photos above, the next snapshot was earned by doing a short bushwhack to a ledge on Bickford Mountain.  The Cannon Mountain Ski Area and I-93 highway are easily recognizable.
Late in the day, I hiked to Mt. Agassiz.  Although this mountain is on private land, the property owner graciously allows hikers on his land.
The snapshot shown below was taken from atop Mt. Agassiz looking in the direction of the Franconia Notch.

The next snapshot was taken at a beaver pond which is about  10 minute walk from my home.
This last photo was taken from a recent bushwhack adventure to Bald Cap Peak in the Shelburne, NH area.  It was taken from a very steep ledge (portion of it seen on left of photo) looking toward Mt. Ingalls, Bear Mountain and other peaks in the southern Mahoosucs.
(Click HERE for a blog report and more photos from the bushwhack to Bald Cap Peak.)
To sum it up, I very much admire and enjoy seeing the work of skilled photographers who capture truly beautiful images of autumn.  Those works of art far exceed my small attempts.  Nonetheless, I still  take pleasure in photographing my personal memories of this "delicious" season which seems to flash by in the wink of an eye. 


Summerset said...

I think they're great photos! If the photos capture what you have seen on a particular day, then they have done their job in preserving a memory and view unique to you. My favorite photo is the beaver pond, with the reflection of the trees in the water framed by the branches.

1HappyHiker said...

Thanks Summerset for the nice comments!

Actually, we are in agreement. My favorite also happens to be the most recent snapshot taken from the beaver pond. And of course, it’s the ONE photo that didn’t involve a drive, and not even a hike (unless one considers a 10 minute walk from home as a hike!).


Ryan Linn said...

John, you're a tremendous photographer. And you're making me extremely jealous! Being too busy with other things has kept me from hiking since over a week ago, and I don't know if I'll be able to get out to the mountains for another week. Until then, I'll be drooling from looking at those pics. Fall in New England is heaven on earth.

1HappyHiker said...

Ryan, your generous comments are much appreciated, especially from someone such as you who posts some awesome photos on your blog

Obviously, I completely agree with your statement that “Fall in New England is heaven on earth.”


Summerset said...

LOL - isn't that ironic? We'll get up at all hours of the night, drive for hours, hike for hours for a "view", when there are good views in our own backyards?!? Sigh. After living in a few different parts of the States, at least we have the beauty of changing seasons and the means to enjoy them.

Rita Wechter said...

Love the George Eliot quote! I couldn't agree more.
This is my favorite time of year and with each passing autumn season I'm a bit sad that there is now one fewer autumn in my life.
Your pictures are wonderful, as always.