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.

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 #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.

Summer Water

Summertime is really a winning season at New England’s waterfalls, they are alive, green, and feel fresh in so many ways. I feel drawn to them for so many reasons, and I don’t think I will ever lose the captivating feeling of photographing liquid in motion. This one below is Crystal Cascade in New Hampshire’s Pinkham Notch, and it sits within one of the most mountainous areas of the New England landscape. It’s simply a gem.

Summertime trip to New Hampshires White Mountains. (Michael J. Clarke)
Crystal Cascade – Pinkham Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)

Sunset Lines

They say that straight lines are hard to find in nature, and as a general concept it is certainly true. However, one of my favorite linear formations is the resoundingly beautiful straight line of the horizon. No matter where we stand, the horizon represents a perfect separation between the ground we walk upon and the endless sky that we look up and glance towards. This division is profound, and came together in a beautiful fashion during this sunset that I photographed from New Silver Beach in North Falmouth, MA.

Sunset at New Silver Beach in North Falmouth, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)
Sunset at New Silver Beach in North Falmouth, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)

Seascapes and Simplicity

Straight lines can be a challenge to find in nature at times as most things in the outdoor world tend to curve naturally and flow with their own character. However, they exist in abundance and are often-times just a matter of perception. When found and displayed, lines are some of the most powerful features of simplistic landscape photography, and leadĀ our minds towards imaginative wonder and perpetual visual interest in the scene.

The flat line of the horizon is perhapsĀ the most perfect linear form that we recognize in the natural world. It’s easy to see how at one time it influenced people to believe that the world was flat, and even in modern times it leads us to wonder what is just beyond that edge… just beyond what we can make out with out own eyes.

Sunset at New Silver Beach in North Falmouth, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)
Sunset at New Silver Beach in North Falmouth, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)

This perfectly empty sunset seascape at Cape Cod’s New Silver beach was a chance to display the awesome character of the horizon, and it’s forceful separation between the water below and the sky above. I mixed in the element of time to give the picture an even more etherial feel, and to allow the mixing swirl of the water and clouds to blend in the same motions and patterns as we see their eternal motion. This picture and print was simple throughout the entire process, and its simplicity is what makes the scene so powerful.