Walden Sunset

A glowing autumn sunset at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)
A glowing autumn sunset at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)

There are a lot of spots on our beautiful planet that provide a great view of the sunset, but I will always say that Walden Pond is a local favorite. Known for it’s historic past with the writings of Thoreau, it’s a busy suburban Boston spot during the summer months but the best seasons to visit the location are really the autumn and winter months.

This October sunset had the perfect positioning for the warm glow setting below the cloud cover and the vibrant colors reflecting upon Walden’s waters. It’s a great spot that is worth checking out for anyone in the New England area.

Summer at Parker Brook

The cascading horsetail at Parker Brook Falls in Savoy, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)
The cascading horsetail at Parker Brook Falls in Savoy, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)

While it may be a bit lesser known than the Northern areas of New England, the Western Massachusetts landscape is full of some of the most rugged and pristine natural forest areas of the Northeast region of the United States.

This location fits the title of a hidden gem deep within the rural forests of Savoy Massachusetts. Nestled beside the better known Tannery Falls, this scene captures the upper horsetail of Parker Brook Falls while lined with moss and the lively greenery of the summer months. The flow and the vibrance of the scene demonstrate the rugged landscape of the area in pristine form.

Green Summer

The vibrant forest land of Minuteman National Park on a warm June afternoon. (Michael J. Clarke)
The vibrant forest land of Minuteman National Park on a warm June afternoon. (Michael J. Clarke)

One of my favorite characteristics about the New England landscape is the degree of change that is reflected on the area as the different seasons come and go. The lush and alive vibrance of summer is what gives the cold and empty feelings of winter such stark contrast, and it really is a beautiful thing.

I came upon this layered scene of sunlight and forest life on a warm June afternoon and was struck by the complexity of the forest in front of me. From the floor to the treetops the growth and vibrance of summer was in full swing at this moment, and it’s a stunning time of year within the local landscape.

The Misty Mountains

The trees and misty mountains during a summer afternoon in Pinkham Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)
The trees and misty mountains during a summer afternoon in Pinkham Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)

Crawford Notch includes some of the most rugged landscapes of New England, and they are easily some of the best photographic lands of the area. The Mount Washington area is known for it’s quickly changing and unpredictable weather, and even in the summertime it’s hard to tell exactly what the weather will bring or how quickly it might change.

I made this picture on a summer afternoon that included both rain and sunshine, and this moment captured the blending of both conditions as fog and storm clouds rolled through the valley while the sun broke through simultaneously and illuminated the green forests of the area.

Sabbaday Punchbowl

Inside the Sabbaday Falls Punchbowl - Waterville Valley, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)
Inside the Sabbaday Falls Punchbowl – Waterville Valley, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)

Punchbowls are a rare formation for waterfalls and there are only a handful of them across the entire United States. We are lucky to have an awesome example here in New England at the top tier of Sabbaday Falls in the Southern tier of The White Mountains.

Making this picture took a lot of careful planning and execution to capture the falls on a summer afternoon with the right flow of water at the falls. It’s a picture that I am very proud of as it captures the energy and history of the location and makes me think of the thousands of years of water flow that have carved this formation into the sculpted granite rock that serves as the foundation for the beautiful spot.

Crawford Colors

Autumn foliage in Crawford Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)
Autumn foliage in Crawford Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)

The explosion of color that descends upon the New England landscape during the month of October makes for easily one of the most visually magical times of the year. The colors shine especially brightly within the rugged mountain areas of Crawford Notch, and I made this picture on a warm autumn evening when the clear and crisp mountain air allowed the tree colors to glisten like lanterns in the forest.

Square #4 – The Cascades

The Waterville Valley Cascades on a summer afternoon. (Michael J. Clarke)
The Waterville Valley Cascades on a summer afternoon. (Michael J. Clarke)

There are tranquil and incredible locations all throughout New Hampshires White Mountains region, and the Waterville Valley Cascades are no exception. Seen here on a warm summer afternoon, the rugged series of waterfalls meander through the rocky landscape with a sublime level of natural beauty.

Square #3 – Peak Foliage

Peak fall foliage in Harts Location, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)
Peak fall foliage in Harts Location, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)

This is the awesomeness of peak fall foliage in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The season brings an explosion of color that is a delight to see and is in full swing during the magical month of October in New England.

Square #2 – Point Judith

Point Judith Light on a cold January evening. (Michael J. Clarke)
Point Judith Light on a cold January evening. (Michael J. Clarke)

Despite being the smallest state in the USA, Rhode Island is an awesome one and has plenty of landmarks that are interesting and absolutely worth checking out, and Point Judith is no exception. At the far edge of the picturesque coastal town lies Point Judith Light, and it was shining with glory on this cold and crisp January evening.

Square #1 – Moss Glen

Moss Glen Falls - Granville, VT. (Michael J. Clarke)
Moss Glen Falls – Granville, VT. (Michael J. Clarke)

Situated along the stunningly scenic northbound drive on Route 100 in Granville, VT is Moss Glen Falls which is a pristine gem of the New England landscape. I love checking out the location as the seasons come and go and while the waterfall changes in form and flow it’s a stunning location all throughout the year.