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The Work of the Water

I had the chance to visit the White Mountains of New Hampshire last weekend.  The leaves have already turned, and are near peak foliage.  The weather was so so, but that turned out to be a good thing.  I’ll be posting some imagery from my travels there.  I was once again lucky enough to be working with Tony Sweet and his partner Susan Milestone.  If you have the chance to take one of Tony’s workshops, I’d recommend it highly.  Tony is one of the most creative nature photographers around and the two of them make a terrific team. First stop, Franconia Notch State Park, the Basin more specifically.

The story began thousands of years ago with the retreat of the North American Ice Sheet.  The ice sheet’s departure moved mountains, or at least very big glacial rocks. Working like a sculpter, great gashes were cut in the mountain side, creating an opportunity for the  water, what we now would call the Permigewasset River, to go to work.

What is so striking about the Basin is how easy it is to actually see the water doing it’s work.

The inevitable smoothing that such a constant flow of rather high velocity H2O leaves in it’s way, gives on the impression of walking in an abstract sculpture garden. Outdoor art, set amidst the pines and hardwoods.

This is the Basin itself, described by some as a gigantic pothole.  Wouldn’t want to fill this one though.  More to come.

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  1. Tom Ryan #

    James,
    Great job of capturing the water of the Whites. I was in Pinkham Notch that same weekend and hiked the Moriah-Carter trail. It was so wet….but the water was so impressive.
    I enjoy following your pictures,

    October 10, 2011

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