Two young ladies and a their dog get pulled by the tiny white stallion.
Todays image was taken along the Kancamagus highway in New Hampshire and although the sunrise was a let down, this shot still turned out okay. Once again I slept in my truck,this time in the town of Lincoln,which is the western gateway to this highway and my internal clock had me up at 430,so I said what the heck,let me drive the 12 miles or so to this lookout and wait for sunrise.Well obviously I was the first one there and was all alone up here for at least 45 minutes in the dark before others started slowly trickling in to join me. There were some strange noises up here in the woods,and I have seen moose grazing in the brush here in the past but not this time. The title today comes from the idiot I passed along the highway later this morning who was stuck in his very expensive Mercedes. There are numerous places to pull off the road along this highway, but this gentleman decided to pull off onto a pile of tennis ball sized rocks that formed a small spot along the road. I passed him as I was going up this long hill and after going about three miles and telling myself to go back and help him,I finally turned around. As I pull up I notice he has all 4 tires buried in the stones and he is resting on the frame of his car, so since I had the jeep and my tow strap,jack and all that,I walk up and tap on the window to offer help. He rolls the window down and the first thing that comes out of his mouth is not thank goodness you stopped, but JUST WALK AWAY?. I told him I was pretty confident I could get him out with a little jacking each area and filling stones in under the tires and a little tug from the jeep, but again he says JUST WALK AWAY. He tells me he sent his wife to get help and he is waiting for whoever she brings? First I thought who sends their wife alone with some stranger on a road that has no service for 32 miles to get help? I decided he was a total idiot who had more money than brains because for one thing he had an all wheel drive car that he spun all four tires into the earth and he was on large stones to boot,so he was clueless and should probably stick to city living and skip the wilderness.Next time I see something like this,I will snap a shot to offer a visual to illustrate my experience better.
This is one of my favorite images from last weeks fall foliage excursion to New England. It took me about seven hours to get here and I was exhausted after the drive so as the sun set I began driving around Portsmouth New Hampshire looking for a safe place to park and settle into bed in the back of the jeep I rented for my nights sleep. I found a very quiet neighborhood, parked, slipped under my covers and zonked out pretty quick. I never need an alarm because I am usually so keyed up to shoot that my internal clock gets me up long before the sun comes up and this morning was no different.I awoke at 530,got dressed and ate my delicious breakfast of five Oreos and milk as I drove a couple blocks to the spot shown here,and as I pulled around the boat dock I noticed the full moon was setting in my planned shot. Well you never saw someone rush so fast to get their equipment out to capture the moon before it went out of sight,which happened about a minute later. The church clock says 555 and had I slept just a tad longer, I never would have got this. This shot is very serene and is what I envision when I picture the Coast of New England. The water was calm and mirror like at sunrise but by lunch the wind obliterated any possible reflections,so getting up early was a real plus. This is the first time I actually stopped off at Portsmouth,and in the past it was always a town just off the highway as I headed to Maine.This visit gave me a real appreciation of the history here and there was also a gorgeous coastal town nearby called Rye that was full of expensive ocean side mansions that were awe-inspiring. I hope to go back around December and maybe get a snow shot of this spot,so wish me luck.
This is one of several images I captured along the Kancamagus highway in New Hampshire last week. The highway is 32 miles of untouched beauty with no services whatsoever,so you better be fueled up before getting on it. This shot required me to hike past everyone else that stays right at the bridge and go about a hundred yards down stream till I found this small pool of calm water that reflected the autumn color perfectly. I would love to see this spot in winter or with a heavy flow of water tumbling the boulders about. If you stopped and really looked at the boulders you could see some amazing colors,and a few were actually a purple color,which was really pretty. As a suggestion to others,try to eliminate the sky in shots like this because it can distract,rather than help often times. This was actually shot with a stronger telephoto to compress the scene.
I went to New England for a few days last week by myself and was treated to some great fall color. This photo comparison is meant to encourage you to get out early and beat the crowds, even though they were taken minutes apart. The top view is what I saw most of the morning as I traversed back and forth along the Kancamagus highway in New Hampshire,but about three hours after sunrise,the bottom photo became the norm. I slept in my vehicle,a rented jeep wrangler during this trip to save on motel costs and even though that might sound rough,I was actually quite cozy on my 6 inch foam pad with blankets to keep me warm on the 40 degree nights I had. I definitely could feel my age creeping up on me as I slowly hiked down stream banks where only ten years ago,I bolted and hopped across boulders without any thoughts to safety.I drove over 1400 miles in four days by myself and got some great images that made me glad I went. I will share them in the weeks ahead.