Set 1 of Rocks Photographs ---
 

Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

Normally in February I would be featuring photographs of snow and ice.
But the Winter of 2016 has been so mild thus far I must dig deeper into my collection of photographs.
It's especially appropriate in New Hampshire to feature rock and stone since New Hampshire is known as The Granite State

I will begin with two of the best known rock formations in New Hampshire.
The best-known rock formations was the Old Man on the Mountain, but he crashed down shortly before we moved to the White Mountains in 2005
Just few miles south of the Old Man site is a natural formation in Franconia Notch that still stands.
This is the Indian Head shown below
To me it's either a big stone head or a much smaller stone outline of a head formed in the lips of the larger head

 

North on another exit in Franconia Notch State Park is the site of the original spectacular Old Man in the Mountain
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Man_of_the_Mountain
Over millions of years the freezing and expansion of the water in the cracks of the Old Man eventually
caused him to tumble down the mountain.
This is how he looked on an old post card before he came tumbling down

 

Our cottage has a rock-lined small frog pond
Visible on the edge of this picture to the right of Mt. Lafayette is Cannon Mountain

 

The other side of Cannon Mountain is the part you see while driving through Franconia Notch
For this angle it looks like Cannon Mountain is an enormous hunk of crumbling granite

I snapped this picture while walking the Rim Trail on the summit of Cannon Mountain with my son Marshall
We did not know the family sitting dangerously close to the edge

 

This is a steep portion of the Omega Trail On Cannon Mountain

 

Cannon has some great iced-over rocks this time of year

 

Across the road from Cannon Mountain in the Franconia Notch is the Flume Gorge
https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/flume-gorge.aspx

 

Only a few miles from the Flume Gorge is The Basin rock that has been carved over the centuries into a pool

 

And  close by is Boise Rock resembling an open clamshell

 

 

New Hampshire was previously covered with virgin forest
When early settlers cleared the land for farming they encountered endless rocks
The rocks were both on top the cleared land and embedded beneath in the dirt itself.

Down the road less than a half mile from our cottage is the old Elm Farm
The picture below shows the land after the timber was hauled off but before the rocks were cleared on the Elm Farm

 

Often the rocks were too large for early settlers to move to the edge of the fields
This is my sitting rock in our wildflower field south of the cottage

 

Across the road a tourist is (sadly) walking among the lupine near a big rock

 

Generally if you're digging a hole to plant a tree, shrub, or post your shovel strikes a rock
Sometimes that rock can be pried loose with a shovel
Other times it takes a lot more than a shovel
Down the road this summer a new driveway was being carved out of the land by an excavator

 

These are some the the many rocks the above machine had to line up alongside that driveway
Imagine how hard it was for settlers in the 1700s and 1800s to build roads and clear fields before the days of excavators

 

 

New Hampshire's countless rocks could also be used to build sturdy buildings
This is the Tip Top House hotel that is now a museum on the summit of Mt. Washington
The was were almost four feet thick to protect against the winds that average 75 mph on this summit


For my photographs inside the above hotel go to
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Tidbits/CogRailroad/History1/CogRailroadHistory.htm

 

This is the rock garden on the north side of our cottage

 

 

Bob Jensen's pictures of the Gale River ---
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/tidbits/Rivers/GaleRiver/GaleRiver.htm 

List of Rivers in New Hampshire --- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rivers_of_New_Hampshire

Pictures of New Hampshire Rivers ---
https://www.google.ca/search?q="New+Hampshire+Rivers"&lr=&as_qdr=all&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=jEYHVa67FMOigwT-7IG4Dw&ved=0CMgBELAE&biw=1024&bih=506

New Hampshire River Map (the Gale River is a tributary of the Ammonoosuc River) ---
http://www.mapsofworld.com/usa/states/new-hampshire/new-hampshire-river-map.html
Also see
http://www.netstate.com/states/maps/nh_rivers_lakes_na.htm

New Hampshire Fly Fishing Guides --- http://www.nhriversguide.com/

 

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Lake Champlain --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/tidbits/Lakes/Set02/LakesSet02.htm

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Moosehead Lake --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/tidbits/Lakes/Set03/LakesSet03.htm

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Maine --- www.trinity.edu/rjensen/tidbits/States/Maine/Set01/Maine01.htm

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Vermont --- www.trinity.edu/rjensen/tidbits/States/Vermont/Set01/Vermont01.htm

Lakes in New Hampshire --- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakes_in_New_Hampshire

Oceans in My Life (Including My Navy Days)
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Tidbits/Ocean/Set01/OceanSet01.htm

More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Pictures.htm

 

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 ---
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/NHcottage/NHcottage.htm

Bob Jensen's Blogs --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/JensenBlogs.htm
Current and past editions of my newsletter called New Bookmarks --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookurl.htm
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Tidbits --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/TidbitsDirectory.htm
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Fraud Updates --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm
Bob Jensen's past presentations and lectures --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/resume.htm#Presentations   

Our address is 190 Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
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
and Vermont's
Green Mountains to the West

 

 

Bob Jensen's Threads --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/threads.htm

Bob Jensen's Home Page --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/