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Wicked Dark
03-10-2010, 07:33 AM
From Sunday. We went up Mt. Kearsarge in NH. It's not a high mountain, but it still had a lot of snow and who knew I'd need a hard hat???? Temps in the mid 40s (F) and a breeze caused the built-up ice to fall from the trees in a non-stop barrage. I got beaned several times and even bled once. Damn trees.

View from almost the top - notice the lovely brown layer in the sky - something was on fire down in the valley.

http://wickeddark.smugmug.com/Nature/Its-not-as-cold-as-it-looks/P3073985/805333220_NArcM-XL.jpg

Final ascent - the shadows were pretty great -

http://wickeddark.smugmug.com/Nature/Its-not-as-cold-as-it-looks/P3073998/804791659_VsrVP-XL.jpg

At the summit there is this tiny, abandoned shack. It's only about 4 1/2 feet tall. Maybe it housed a generator or something. I love the sliver of door hanging by a single screw on a single hinge. Also think the snow reflecting light inside is a big help. Sepia treatment seemed right here.

http://wickeddark.smugmug.com/Nature/Its-not-as-cold-as-it-looks/P3074012/805333134_vXKvZ-XL.jpg

Look back at the Winslow trail at the summit - this is the steeper of the two trails up and the snow was mostly hard packed.

http://wickeddark.smugmug.com/Nature/Its-not-as-cold-as-it-looks/P3074003/805333342_LA57w-XL.jpg

The other trail down is longer and less steep, but because it's on the eastern side of the mountain, the snow was very deep. We were up to mid-calf all the time, knees some of the time and up to our hips a couple times. And there were a lot of downed trees on the trails from the last storm so we had to wind around off trail. Between that and the falling ice chunks I didn't have time to shoot anything on the way down.

http://wickeddark.smugmug.com/Nature/Its-not-as-cold-as-it-looks/P3074013/805333102_zp2mS-XL.jpg

Anyway...thanks for looking. There are a few more images in the It's not as Cold As it Looks gallery on smugmug if you want to see. comments welcome.

casil403
03-10-2010, 08:09 AM
Great stuff....looks like a fun day save the bleeding and beaning. :)

Wicked Dark
03-10-2010, 01:49 PM
Thanks much. It was a pretty good day all in all. I'm glad we went.

Bambi
03-10-2010, 02:39 PM
as long as the camera was not in danger!! :eek:

I quite like these. The shed is my favourite!

Wicked Dark
03-10-2010, 02:44 PM
I actually hunched over it and sheilded it with my body a few times when the warning sounds of impending ice rang out. Other times I had to dash out from under trees so as not to get beaned again. It kept us on our toes.

Bambi
03-10-2010, 03:11 PM
sounds like it would have made a funny video :)

AcadieLibre
03-10-2010, 04:52 PM
Find two a killer photo. Nice.

JAS_Photo
03-10-2010, 05:12 PM
Two and three are favorites here but all are quite nice. :)

Michaelaw
03-10-2010, 09:41 PM
I like 2 and 3, nice shots :thumbup:

Mad Aussie
03-10-2010, 10:26 PM
How cool to be able to travel easily to such a beautiful spot with snow!!

MoinMoin
03-10-2010, 11:46 PM
I would say, your shot are worse the danger. Love the second one because of the shadows.

Wicked Dark
03-11-2010, 07:35 AM
Thanks everyone. We do live in a fortuitous spot...near mountains and the beach...too bad we don't have desert, but we can't have it all.