Monthly Archives: February 2018

The View from Mt Willard

This shows Crawford Notch, one of the passes through the White Mountains. Below, you can see the road through the pass and to its right are the train tracks. All the wind near the road was due to the wind following the path of least resistance. It’s easier to through the notch than to go over the mountains. You get the same effect in cities with many skyscrapers channeling the wind along the streets.

This was our reward for driving over two hours to get here, walking to the trail-head in snow and wind and then climbing to the top. The weather at the summit was beautiful. There was no wind to speak of and some people were having a picnic.

Hiking Up Mount Willard

The summit is not a difficult hike. It is about two hours round trip. Many people wore snowshoes but we managed it without them. There were a few slippery moments but nothing too bad. It had snowed the night before and everything was coated with fresh powder.

Tomorrow: The view from the summit.

Crawford Depot

My friend James and I went hiking up in the White Mountains last weekend. The area has some of the worst weather in the world. The trailhead to get to Mount Willard is behind the Crawford Depot. The depot was built in 1891 and a scenic train service still stops there in the warmer months. The worst weather on our hike was between the parking lot and the trailhead. There was a lot of wind and blowing snow. Tomorrow, I’ll show you the trail.

Bob Houses on Lake Winnipesaukee

We’ve had a warm spell here in Southern New Hampshire. Our annual ice fishing contest was scheduled for Sunday morning (and may have been held) but as of Saturday afternoon, almost all of the “bob houses” were off the lake. As an alternative photo shoot, a friend and I headed up for a hike in the White Mountains. On the way, we made these images at Lake Winnipesaukee.

A Foggy Hike

It’s been difficult to find time and subjects for quality images. We had a warm day last Sunday and I went hiking on Mt. Wachusett in Central Massachusetts. The mix of warm air and snow created a thick fog. It was strange going by the wind farm. I knew the huge turbines were there and could hear them but did not see the one in the image until I was right on it.

I will be away tomorrow, hopefully making some photos. The annual ice fishing contest is scheduled but it may be canceled due to the warm weather. If all of the little shacks are pulled in, then a friend and I plan to head up to the White Mountains for a hike with a scenic overlook…if there’s no fog, that is.

South Station’s Modern Interior

Much of the interior of South Station is modern. Some of the original architecture remains. Overall, it is more vibrant. It was dingy prior to the renovations. It is a more pleasant place to spend time, but I miss the long woods benches on which to wait for your train and the bakery where I could get a big black and white cookie for a dollar.

Historic South Station

I wanted to show South Station during its heyday. The exterior image is from 1902 when the streets were cobblestone and there was an elevated track outside the station. The facade extends further along each street. There is also an image of the huge train shed into which the trains pulled for passengers to board and disembark. Finally, I could only find one image of the interior of the station, the ticket windows. It was similar to this still when I used to take the commuter rail into South Station in the 1980s.

South Station

This is the external facade of Boston’s South Station. You can take the subway, commuter rail or Amtrack from here. I love the old facade, though the interior was renovated in the late 1980s. It’s much cleaner inside now but some of the old charm was lost. A look inside tomorrow.