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.

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.

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 over Jost Van Dyke

Within my photographic adventuring, I photograph a lot of sunsets. They are the time of the day where the world is typically most vibrant, and I particularly love how their intensity grows rather than retracts as it does during sunrise.

Its a time of day that I try to stay keenly aware of, as they are something that take form with changing conditions and when the atmosphere aligns just right, they cast our landscapes in profoundly beautiful lighting conditions. The sunsets in the British Virgin Islands like this scene below rarely disappoint. They are a landscape that is particularly perfect for sunset conditions, as the remote islands and vast oceans add a lot of character to the stunning scenery. Jost Van Dyke, the little island off in the distance within this scene, was nested perfectly within this scene as a vibrant sunset cast its painterly warmth upon the island setting on this Caribbean evening.

A vibrant sunset over Jost Van Dyke seen from Cane Garden Bay on Tortola. (Michael J. Clarke)
A vibrant sunset over Jost Van Dyke seen from Cane Garden Bay on Tortola. (Michael J. Clarke)