Monthly Archives: March 2015

Monochrome Monday: Flume Gorge

Flume Gorge Portrait

Just off Franconia Notch in the White Mountains is the Flume Gorge. In the summer it is a major tourist attraction as people stroll the trails. It closes for winter but the parking area is plowed and you can walk in and around. I prefer it this time of year. I stopped twice yesterday and hiked into the gorge to see if there were any ice climbers to make photos of. I did not find any ice climbers, but my morning and afternoon shoots could not have been more different. This is from the morning, when there was very little light in the chasm. The light lent itself well to B&W and I like the detail of the person in the lower right to give some scale to the image.

When I returned in the afternoon, the light was totally different as sunlight down into the chasm. I processed that image in color and will present it tomorrow.

Mt. Washington Panorama

Mt Washington Hotel

This week’s WPC, ephemeral, got me thinking as I drove to the White Mountains today that it would be one of the last times I’ll be making snowy photos for a bit. Thus, I took a tour to go out on a high note. Over the next week, the results of today’s activities will be posted here.

This image came about because I recently read about Microsoft ICE, a free, downloadable application that can stitch together a series of photos to make a panorama. I’ve made images from this location before. It is Mount Washington and the Mount Washington Hotel as viewed from the hotel parking lot across the road. I put my camera on a tripod to keep the shots at the same level and made a series of four overlapping images. I then edited the exposure in the same fashion for each. ICE did the rest, pretty much…I had a few choices.

Somethin’ ’bout a Truck

Here are a few shots from the ice harvest a couple of months back. This classic Dodge pick-up truck was being used to haul blocks of ice up to the ice house.

For the musical tie in we are going country tonight. “Somethin’ ’bout a Truck” is a song recorded by Kip Moore.

Inside the Sugar House

Today, we see the inside of the Sugar House. In one room are tubs of maple sap. They were not very photogenic. In the other is a huge wood-fired evaporator. The heat from the wood fire boils the sap down into syrup. There are five different grades of syrup, mainly determined by the weather. Makers must compare the color of their syrup to samples of each grade that are set by the state. You can see a grading kit and the tour guide holding up a bottle to the kit for comparison. Once the syrup is made it is either brought into the restaurant for serving on meals or bottled for sale.

Note: The photo of the evaporator doors open and the man poking around the fire is from two years ago.