Vertical, Extreme, Motion.

Big Air On The Headwall, Tuckerman Ravine

In order to freeze the motion of this skier as he flys through the air, I used a fast shutter speed.

Camera settings – 100 ISO, F/5.6, 200mm @ 1/1600 sec.

Tuckerman Ravine.

On the shoulders of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington rests one of my favorite places in all of the Granite State. For the past five years I’ve made a pilgrimage into Tuckerman Ravine to photograph the immense head wall of the ravine bathed in the pink-orange of alpenglow.

Looking out over frozen, snow covered Hermit Lake, the headwall and surrounding mountains of Tuckerman Ravine glow in the pink alpenglow as the first rays of the sun hit the snow covered slopes. In the foreground is the weathered cedar fence on the shore of the small lake.

 

This year I wanted to capture something a little different.

Tucks is a must visit destination for extreme skiers from throughout New England. People will drive great distances to ski the infamous runs, The Ice Fall, Hillmans Highway, and Lobster Claw to name but a few. All of the routes are steep, with some sections as steep as 55°, skiing the head wall of Tuckerman is not for the faint of heart or the novice.

This is no lift serviced ski resort either, for that there is Wildcat just up the road from the trail head. To ski Tuckerman Ravine requires dedication and a lot of effort. All skiers must carry their gear up the Tuckerman Ravine trail, with the first stop the Hermit Lake shelter, and then another .7 miles into the base of the bowl, for a total of about 3 miles.

Spring Crowds, Tuckerman Ravine

Once in the bowl is when the real work begins.

Skiers must then climb up the very steep walls of the ravine, often climbing the very run they will ski down, in order to earn their turns.

Climbing For Their Turns

 

 

 

As for the skier in the first photo? Six skiers flung themselves off The Ice Fall while I was there enjoying the sun and the action. Two stuck the landing, skiing down to the roar of the crowd.

The rest, well for them it went something more like this…

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For all the face plants, yard sales, and ass over tea kettle cartwheeling action, all those with less than perfect landings skied away with nothing but bruised egos and the adoration and cheers of the crowd below.

Photography 101: Double

Mirror, Mirror.

New Hampshire’s Mt. Chocorua, uniquely doubled in a mirror image created of snow and ice.

Chocorua Reflected In Ice And Snow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Layers as far as the eye can see.

 

Blue Mountain Layers

Mist In The Valley

 

Layers in pink.

 

Petals In Pink

 

 

The layers of  fore, mid, and background, within a photograph.

 

Moonrise Over Mount Washington

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue Of You

Hues That Move me.

Golden autumn leaves caught in a confusion of currents

Autumn Chaos

Pure white of freshly fallen snow

Vickery Farm In Winter

Vibrant green of an intricately patterned leaf

Symmetry

Layers of blue and pink prior to sunrise

Blue Mountain Layers

See more entries for this weeks challenge HERE

Sunday’s Hidden Treasure.

In the ongoing effort to unearth forgotten gems hidden in my catalog of images, here is another Sunday’s Hidden Treasure.

Animal tracks lead up a gently sloping snow covered hill, disappearing over the crest. The top of the hill is lined by leafless trees, and beyond the trees an ominous sky.

Camera: Canon EOS 40D

Lens: Canon EF 17-40 f4 L

ISO: 100

Aperture: f11

Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.

Original Capture Date: 2/7/2009

 

 

Sunday’s Hidden Treasure

The frigid water at Livermore Falls flows between the beautifully patterned ice on the banks.

Livermore Falls, Campton, NH.

I’ve always loved the patterns and colors in the ice along the cliff and now I’m finally getting around to doing something with this image.

I’m coming to realize that winter might very well be my favorite time of year to make photographs.

Original date of capture: 2/6/2010

Camera body: Canon EOS 40D

Lens: Canon EF 17-40 f4L

iso 100, 40mm, f16 @ 1/4 second.