A Quiet Place

These images all come from a small lakeside park in New Hampshire not far from where my in-laws live. I love going to this place. There’s rarely anyone around, and yet I’ve taken a number of favorite images here over the years. These autumn images are no exception.

One of my favorite things about this spot is how quiet it is. Sometimes I just need quiet. Don’t we all? I don’t get much of it where I live now. There’s been construction next door to both my house and my office for several months now, but even aside from that there’s constant traffic. I don’t mean to complain – there are many things I enjoy about city life – but I often miss the quietness of the New England countryside.

Part of why this place is so quiet is because it’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s off a small highway that doesn’t go anywhere especially important. There aren’t any famous spots nearby. I don’t know if there are any restaurants or even a gas station in the area. There’s a small post office and an old church, and houses scattered about. It’s an easy spot to pass up, and many people do.

Yet almost every time I come here, I find something of value either for my mind or my camera, and often both. I’ve visited this location dozens of times over the years. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it. I’ve photographed it in sub-zero temperatures and in the summer heat. I’ve photographed it in the spring, summer, autumn and winter. I’ve shot wide angles, macro images, and even flown my drone here. I’ve taken countless images, and Lord willing, I’ll take many more. It’s not a famous place. It’s a quiet place. And that’s exactly why I love it.

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