Set 01 of My Lupine Favorites
Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

This cold 2019 springtime the lupine are a little late to a point where the Sugar Hill's Lupine Festival did not yet have any lupine blooms.
Thus I decided to rerun my first picture set of Lupine in and around Sugar Hill
A few things have now changed
The Sugar Hill Sampler is closed following the sad passing away of its long-time owner and manager, Barbara Serafini
My wife Erika can no longer garden like years back when she once truly loved to dig, plant, and weed.
But I still plant and maintain three flower gardens
I never plant lupine in our flower gardens, because lupine will take over everything
But there are lots of lupine in our wild flower field (two acres south of our cottage)
Our wild flower field now pretty much takes care of itself after ten years ago when I plowed it up and planted $600+ worth of wild flower seeds

Below is the first lupine picture set I put on the Web (when I retired and moved to these mountains)


I'm proud of this picture that I took of our lupine up close

The lupine and other field flowers bloomed in these mountains in early June.
In the Month of June Sugar Hill has a Lupine Festival

For a description of lupine fields along our road, go to 

There is a fantastic spot in northern New Hampshire for wildflowers with mountains on the horizon (though not usually covered in snow at that time of the year). Go to Sugar Hill, NH in mid-June for the lupine festival. From about June 10th to 17th there are fields of lupines that bloom beneath the White Mountains. In Sugar Hill on Sunset Road there is a 12 acre field completely filled lupines that has Cannon Mountain and Mt. Washington in the background. These lupines come in shades of blue, purple, white and pink. The attached image was taken at sunrise in the lupine field on Sunset Road in Sugar Hill. The back roads around Sugar Hill contain a number of spots where there are large concentrations of lupines, some strategically located near red barns and white churches. This spot is not only great for grand landscape shots, but is also macro photography heaven, the dew drops and little insects on the lupines also make great subjects. But be careful, one morning at sunrise I was intently photographing the sunrise and moved towards a tree to include it in my shot. I startled a mother moose and calf who I did not realize were on the other side of the tree and they ran right in front of me. Of course having a 17-35mm lens on my camera with an ND grad and polarizing filter made it a little tough to get a good shot of the moose.

About 5 miles away is Franconia Notch state park where there are lots of nice waterfall opportunities, my favorites include The Basin, the Falling Waters Trail (Stair Falls and Cloudland Falls are both wonderful) and the Flume.

This area in early to mid-June can't be beat. To do grand landscape photography in New England requires a little more work than in the national parks out west, but Sugar Hill is one of the better locations in New England for the kind of photography you are interested in.

-- Ed McGuirk , April 06, 2002; 06:15 A.M. Eastern

Below is a promotional picture on the Sunset Hill House Hotel Website
Our cottage is near this hotel

This is a field of Lupine a half mile down the road across from the Sugar Hill Sampler
On weekends a team of big horses pulls a wagon along the trails through this field

The Sugar Hill Sampler Gift Shop and Museum is the center of the Sugar Hill Lupine Festival

These are the lupines and other flowers in our wild flower field maintained by Erika and me
Part of our barn roof is off in a distance behind the big maple tree below
I spent over $600 for wild flower seeds to scatter about in this field and ran a a couple hundred
feet of hose from the cottage to water the seeds

This is what came up the following summer

The Sunset Hill Golf Course is next to the south end of our wild flower field
Below you can see the tops of some golf carts

About a mile down the road another road commences that is called Lovers Lane
Here are some pictures I took on a stroll down Lovers Lane


Down the road about a mile in the other direction lives a man by himself in a stone cottage
He inherited ten other cottages (some are the size of houses)
But these cottages have gone to seed and have been totally neglected for over a decade
You can see how aggressive the lupine are in taking over the grounds surrounding the cottages


I have a friend Wes Lavin who is a professional photographer
Below are two of his lupine pictures


Lupine Favorites

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Wes Lavin's Artistic Photographs of Our Lupine in 2017


Wildflowers Set 1 ---    

Erika's Flowers of the Field ---

A Walk Down Lovers Lane ---

Texas Wildflowers Set 1 ---

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On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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Our cottage was known as the Brayton Cottage in the early 1900s
Sunset Hill is a ridge overlooking with New Hampshire's White Mountains to the East
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