Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and New York (2015-2022)

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Massachusetts (December 2015):

Nauset marsh, Cape Cod.

 

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Race Point beach, Cape Cod.

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Salt marsh and breakwaterwalk in Provincetown, Cape Cod.

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New-Hampshire (December 2015, June 2017, June 2019, and June 2022):

Old harbor waterfront of Portsmouth (June 2022).

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World War I Memorial Bridge, Portsmouth. The bridge connects downtown Portsmouth to Badger's Island (Maine) across the Piscataqua river. Its central span can be lifted to allow boat traffic. The background in the first photo below is a section of the waterfront of Portsmouth; the giant stockpile of salt on the right is used for road deicing in winter. The background in the second photo is Badger's Island.

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Gravestones in the old South Street cemetery of Portsmouth (June 2022).

 

 

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[From left to right: headstone of General Justin Dimick (1800-1871) who participated in the Florida Wars against the Seminole and in the Mexican War; grave of Levi Woodbury (1789-1851), a Governor of New Hampshire, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Secretary of the Navy, and a judge of the U.S. Supreme Court; graves of Charles A. Sinclair (1849-1899), the president of a railroad company and a hotel owner, and of his wife Emma.]

 

Portsmouth harbor lighthouse and remains of former Fort Constitution on the island of New Castle seen from the estuary of the Piscataqua river in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Boat docked on the Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals (June 2022). The Isles of Shoals are located 15km southeast of Portsmouth in the Atlantic Ocean. Some, including Star Island, are part of New Hampshire; the others are part of Maine. The tower (left of the American flag in the photo) is a former radar station built during WWII on Appledore Island (Maine).

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Seaweed on intertidal rocks, Star Island.

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Seagull on a stack of pebbles, Star Island, with the lighthouse on White Island in the background.

 

Adams Point, northeast of Portsmouth (December 2015).

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Murals in the town of Keene (June 2019).

 

Lake Winnipesaukee seen from Mount Major (June 2017).

 

Lonesome Lake and around (December 2015).

 

 

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Rocky Gorge next to the Kancamagus Highway (south of the White Mountains region of New Hampshire), before and under the rain (June 2022).

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Sabbaday brook and its waterfalls, next to the Kancamagus Highway (June 2022).

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Landscape on Mt. Washington (June 2022). At 1917m it is the highest peak in the Presidential Range of New Hampshire's White Mountains and, more broadly, in Northeastern United States. The summit is reachable by a cogwheel train (third photo below). Completed in 1869, the 5km railway has an average grade of over 25% and a maximum one of 37%. The mountain is notorious for its erratic weather. Wind of 231 miles per hour (372km/h) was recorded by Mt. Washington Observatory on April 12, 1934.

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Forests and clouds above the Androscoggin river, near the town of Gorham, north of the Presidential Range (June 2022).

 

Forest along the Gates Brook trail toward Mt. Cragg, a few kilometers northeast of Gorham, and views from the summit of Mt. Cragg over the valley of the Androscoggin river (June 2022). Mt. Washington is visible in the third photo below.

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The Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Berlin, 10km north of Gorham. It was established in 1915 for the approximately 500 Russian immigrants living in Berlin at that time. It is one of the last Orthodox churches whose charter was granted by Tsar Nicholas II before the fall of the Russian Empire.

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Covered bridge across the Ammonoosuc river and historic water-powered grist mill (opened in 1798) in Littleton, a small pretty town located at the northern edge of the White Mountains (June 2022).

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Maine (December 2015, June 2017, June 2018, June 2021, June 2022):

Piscataqua River seen from Badger's Island, Kittery (Maine), with Portsmouth waterfront (New Hampshire) in the background (June 2021).

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Massive former Portsmouth Naval Prison on Seavey's Island, Kittery (June 2022). It was built in the early 1900s and abandoned in the 1970s as too expensive to either rebuild or tear down.

 

Estuary of the Piscataqua River in the Atlantic Ocean, tiny Wood Island, and Whaleback lighthouse seen from Kittery Point, Kittery (December 2015). New Castle Island (New Hampshire) is visible in the far background on the right.

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Wood Island and Whaleback lighthouse seen from the estuary of the Piscataqua River (June 2022).

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Fort McClary, Kittery Point, used throughout the 19th century to protect Portsmouth, New Hampshire. and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine (June 2021).

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Nubble lighthouse at Cape Neddick (December 2015).

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In Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge (December 2015).

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In Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge (June 2018).

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In Kennebunkport (June 2018).

 

In Wolfe′s Neck Wood State Park, southeast of Freeport (June 2018):

- Tiny Googins Island (sanctuary for nesting ospreys).

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- Caterpillar. Its reddish hairs are stiff and strong enough to penetrate human skin and cause severe lasting pain.

 

Meckerel Cove, Bailey Island (December 2015).

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Fort Popham (June 2018), located at the entrance of the Kennebec river south of Bath. Its construction started in 1861 to protect the shipbuilding industry then located upriver in Bath, but was never completed. Made of large granite blocks, this half-circular fort is not very elegant; but, had it been completed and used, it would probably have served its purpose very effectively.

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Fort Edgecomb, built in 1808-1809 on Davis Island, overlooking the Sheepscot river (June 2021).

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Fort William Henry, built in 1692 to protect the frontiers of the English Massachusetts colony (June 2021). The fort fell in 1696 following an attack by natives united with French troops.

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Fort Knox (June 2017), located south of Bangor. This impressive granite fort contains mounts for 135 cannons. It was built during the 19th century to protect the Penobscot River from naval attacks, but these attacks never happened.

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For more photos of day hikes in Maine (Acadia National Park, Great Wass Island, Baxter State Park), click here.

 

Vermont (June 2018 and June 2019):

Beautifully built covered bridge over the Ottauquechee river in the town of Woodstock (June 2018).

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The Quechee gorge (located east of Woodstock) seen from the bridge above it (June 2018).

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Lower part of the Quechee gorge (June 2018).

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Waterfall at the upper end of the Quechee gorge (June 2018).

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Dewey′s Mill pond above the waterfall (June 2018).

 

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In the town of Chester (June 2019):

- Entrance of the old Brookside cemetery. The monument on the left was erected in 1884 and is dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War. The names of Vermont soldiers who served during that war are written on four plaques posted on its base. The white house behind the Civil War monument is the renovated former hearse house (dating 1830) that keeps the last horse-drawn hearse purchased in 1907. On the right of the photo, the 1850 Public Tomb behind the canon was used in the winter, when the frozen ground was too hard to dig graves, to store bodies of deceased people.

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- Old graves in the Brookside cemetery.

 

- House in the Stone Village of Chester. This so-called village contains a rare concentration of ″snecked ashlar″ style houses dating from the first half of the 19th century. This style of construction, rare in the United States, consists of affixing stone plates to a rubble wall. The technique was introduced locally by two Scottish masons who came to Chester in 1832.

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The Vermont Country Store in the town of Weston (June 2019), which claims to be the ″Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-to-Find″. Entering in this nostalgic store, which opened in 1946, is definitively stepping back in time. Many products on sale are actually unusual, useful, and interesting.

 

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The Henry Bridge (June 2019), one of the three covered bridges in the town of Bennington.

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For more photos of day hikes in Vermont (Green Mountains), click here.

 

New York State (June 2018):

Left: Bridge across Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York State. Right: Champlain Memorial lighthouse at Crown Point on the western side of the lake.

 

Fort Ticonderoga, some 14 miles south of the lighthouse, also on the western side of Lake Champlain. It was initially built by the French in 1755 (under the name Fort Carillon), then taken by the British in 1759 and renamed Ticonderoga. It was captured by the American revolutionaries in 1775, retaken by the British in 1777, and retaken by the American revolutionaries in 1781. It was visited by then General George Washington in 1783. It was restored in the early 20th century.

 

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Hike to the Giant′s Nubble, located in the Adirondacks, southeast of Lake Placid:

- The Giant′s Washbowl, a small lake below the Nubble.

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- Views of the Giant′s Washbowl and surrounding mountains before reaching the Nubble.

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- The Giant Mountain seen from the Nubble.

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