One of the nicest times of the year in New Hampshire is right now! The days are getting shorter, three hours and fifty minutes shorter as of today Oct. 3, 2017. Days getting shorter doesn’t make it nicer, but if you’re an earlier riser it makes for dramatic sunrises and later sunsets. This morning, I was out the door around 6:30am with my D7000 Nikon heading for the Androscoggin River. The sun was up above the valley fog and I was thinking I might grab some shots of a calm river, fog and sun light peeking through. When I got there the fog was very dense. I drove further upriver to see if things were better, no luck.
Back down to the 12th Street bridge. I walked onto the bridge. The fog was still a little heavy, but I did managed to capture the moment. Taking great pictures of mother nature is a matter of timing, to capture light and of course composition.
A few days have slipped by since I wrote the above paragraph. The foliage is at or nearly passed peak. Out again this morning, for more river shots! A construction crew was working feverishly to rebuild one of our six dams on this part of the river. That was my initial destinations with my trusty Nikon. This time sun and leaf colors were beaming!
A wild apple tree, just across the access road from the dam, was full of big red apples. Click, click for a few shots of color. Heading North up river I wanted to shoot more river pictures with the mountains in the background. I pulled into Horn Field, next to the river. A bunch of guys were loading wood into a pontoon boat. They were setup skids and short pieces of lumber on these boom-piers out in the middle of the river. Next weekend it will be “River Fire”, an annual festival with hundreds of carved pumpkins set up on the old Berlin Mills Bridge.
The carved pumpkins are lit up to show their many intricate faces. After dark, the bonfires are lit on the boom-piers. This covers the river for about a half mile. It’s pretty cool to see these glowing fires, seemingly in the middle of the river.
For those of you would don’t know what boom-piers are: Back in the early logging days, different saw mills, locally that is, needed a way to identify and separate logs cut up river and driven down the Androscoggin River to the saw and pulp mills. They devised this method. In the winter time when the river was frozen, they hauled wagon loads of stone into the middle of the river into great piles. They were encircled with wooden cribbing. When spring thaw came this created island some 100 feet apart. Tree length logs were than chain from island (boom-piers) to island. This gave a separation of logs for ownership. I believe sometime in the early 60’s was the last log drives on this river.
That is what I’ve been up to!