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
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


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


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



Bob Jensen's pictures of the Gale River --- 

List of Rivers in New Hampshire ---

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New Hampshire River Map (the Gale River is a tributary of the Ammonoosuc River) ---
Also see

New Hampshire Fly Fishing Guides ---


Bob Jensen's Photographs of Lake Champlain ---

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Moosehead Lake ---

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Maine ---

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Vermont ---

Lakes in New Hampshire ---

Oceans in My Life (Including My Navy Days)

More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories


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 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
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