WPC: Surprise

A little over a week ago, on April 1st, we here in New Hampshire received one hell of an April Fools surprise. A spring snowstorm dumped over 18 inches of heavy wet snow on us.

Unable to resist an opportunity to capture a few landscape images with a blanket of fresh snow I grabbed my camera and ventured out.

For more Weekly Photo Challenge Surprises click HERE.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Good times in Tuckerman Ravine.

There is a very high threshold that would need to be met when it comes to weather I’d consider too extreme to venture out with my camera.

Though honestly, if I think there’s a photograph to be made I don’t think there is weather too extreme.

And even when the weather doesn’t play nice, like this past Sunday when a couple of friends and I hiked into Tuckerman Ravine on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, we were still able to have some fun and enjoy a fine spring day in the mountains. High winds, blowing snow, limited visibility and all.

This was our sunrise.

Tracey, Adam, And The Weather In Tuckerman Ravine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

Weather Gamblers Anonymous

“Hi, my name is Jeff, and I’m addicted to gambling.”

Cloudy Sunrise Over Whaleback Light

I gamble on the weather.

A lot.

When it comes to landscape photography, the more dramatic the weather the better. And my “habit” is to gamble that I’ll get the shot I want before the weather closes in. To me there is nothing more boring than a crystal clear, cloudless blue sky when it comes to my landscape photographs.

No clouds = no drama.

No drama = boring photograph.

And that’s how my habit keeps me going back over and over until I get the photograph I want.

Sometimes, in some of the worst weather I’ve ever encountered.

Whiteout conditions in Tuckerman Ravine

My gambling habit requires me to pay close attention to the weather when planning a photo outing. Both for safety reasons, (notice the near white-out conditions and avalanche debris field in the above photo of Tuckerman Ravine), and to help increase the odds I’ll get the dramatic light and cloud filled sky I’m after.

If there is a weather system moving through, and there is even a chance that the sun will find a break in the clouds near the horizon at or near sunrise or sunset, I want to be there to capture it.

To gamble and lose.

Imagine this next photo with no clouds in the sky.

B-O-R-I-N-G!

Even with the clouds, this was a gamble I feel I lost. The weather to the west slammed the door on the sun well before sunset, thus leaving me with an image I’m not entirely happy with. More than a few people have told me they really like this photo. When I look at this, and other “weather gambles” that didn’t fully pay off, quite often all I see are the photos I didn’t get.

Yet another push deeper into my habit.

Mt. Starr King And The Pliny Range Over Cherry Pond, Winter.

 

Here are a few more examples, most are images you may have seen in earlier posts, where my habit of gambling on the weather didn’t pay off entirely the way I’d hoped.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

I spent a lot of time “Up” this past weekend. 

First I spent some time looking “Up”-stream at one of my favorite waterfalls. That’s Bridal Veil Falls at Castle In The Clouds peeking out from between the walls of the gorge.

Looking upstream through the gorge towards Bridal Veil Falls.

Then I spent a bit of time on my knees looking “Up” at the ruins of the abandoned Redstone granite quarry in Conway, NH. 

(A great big thanks to my friend Nate for letting me test drive his Tokina 11-16 f2.8)

Old rusting lathe and weathered building at the Redstone Quarry, Conway, NH

 The following morning it was “Up” at 1:30 a.m. for a hike “Up” for another sunrise visit to one of my favorite locations in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Tuckerman Ravine. 

As Tuckerman Ravine is on Mount Washington, “Home of the worlds worst weather,” the weather can be, shall we say, unpredictable. Living up to its reputation, the scene below is what greeted us as the sun came up. Extremely high winds, snow, and often near white-out conditions. 

(Take a close look in the base of the bowl in the photo below. What was once “Up” has come down, in the form of an avalanche. You can see the debris field in the center of the frame.)

Whiteout conditions in Tuckerman Ravine 

That sign wasn’t there a month ago!

Bright orange ice fall warning sign in Tuckerman Ravine

Since sun-“Up” was a slight disappointment, we decided to simply enjoy the weather. And take a few shots of ourselves. When the wind wasn’t trying to blow us over that is. You can really see the wind whipping the snow behind my friend Tracy. 

Traci Lin In Tuckerman RavineI'll do almost anything for a photo

You just gotta love April in New Hampshire!

A gentle reminder.

I’m still seeking donations for the upcoming “Seek The Peak” hike-a-thon to benefit the Mount Washington Observatory. You can read more about the history behind the Observatory and all the work they do by clicking on this LINK.

Please click HERE to make your tax deductible donation. Each $10 donation enters you in a chance to win a signed 16″ x 24″ print of the photo below. To sweeten the deal even further, the largest single donation(available to residents of North America only, sorry) wins you a 20″ x 30″ stretched canvas gallery wrap of the same image. 

Thank you for your support.

The snow covered summit of Mt Washington bathed in pink alpenglow.