I know I’ve talked it about it quite a bit and even had posts about it, but just in case you didn’t know, I went hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains exactly a month ago, on November 19. In fact, my Weekly Smile for week 47 was a write up about the hike. Look at it for details. OK, here’s a short excerpt:
We got up bright and early (or actually still very dark and early) Saturday morning and drove up to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Specifically we went up to the Franconia Notch area and did the loop around Mt. Lafayette. The loop is about 8.9 miles (14.3 km). The top of Lafayette is around 3000 feet (915 m) above the trail head and the total climb (since there are several peaks in the loop) is about 3900 feet (1190 m). It is not an easy trail, but it is a fun one.
I also posted about the fall I took while hiking. I am still not 100% recovered. The worse of it was past in a week or two, so a month out I’m fine, but there are still times I can tell I injured myself.
So I finally was able to go through all of the photos, both the photos on my phone and those on my good camera. I only brought a “standard” lens, so no telephoto shots, but a few closer to wide angle. There were around 300 to 350 shots overall. That’s a lot to go through! And many of the phone pictures and camera ones were from the same place, so some repeats. If you’ve ever been on a hike like this you know that every time you turn a corner and look at something, say the mountain or the valley, from a slightly different viewpoint you tend to think it’s the best one yet. This also applies to looking at the photos! How do I go from well over 300 shots down to less than 30?
I tried to do a few things. One is I wanted a sense of scale. This is a big mountain. It is rugged. I want you to know that looking at the photos. I also wanted to show the same things from different vantages, which help give it a sense of scale. For instance, a ridge we climb is seen in several pictures. First it is huge. In the last it is tiny, tiny, just a small bump at the bottom of the mountain.
Anyway, I did get it down to 28. Yes, a lot of them look very similar. I’m including two selfies – one at the top and one looking at Canon Mountain just behind me. Canon is a big mountain with big mountain skiing. From the top it looks like a bump… These are almost in chronological order (a few out of place) and so pretty much follow the flow of the hike. As always, click on a photo for more detail and you can use the arrows on the photos (once enlarged) to scroll through them.
I Hope that you enjoyed some mid-November hiking in the White Mountains!