September in New Hampshire: One Photo-A-Day.

I've just completed my first Photo-A-Day project. Before I began, I hadn't created any real parameters, or chosen to take pictures of a particular subject, rather, I decided to merely take a picture of something during the course of my day that inspired me.

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Rocky Coastline

The New Hampshire coastline, a mere 18 miles, is a popular tourist destination. Locals flock to the area not only for it's beaches and surf, but for it's history. Leading up to the revolution in 1774, Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth, a short drive from Rye Beach, where I snapped my first photo. As you walk the cobble streets in Portsmouth, you'll notice the old buildings and grave sites sprinkled through town. If architecture interests you, the seacoast towns of New Hampshire will inspire you. From the many saltbox homes to the grander estate that line the coastal route, there is much to see.

A marker14 Hancock Street Portsmouth NH, 03801 -
14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA
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Originally named Strawbery Banke by early (1630) British settlers for the wild berries growing there, Strawbery Banke today is unique among outdoor hi

Cow Corn

On a bright Sunday afternoon, my husband and I took our two German Shorthaired Pointers for a run. In the town of Hopkinton, there is a working dairy farm called Bohanian. Along the fields of cow corn, we run and keep our eyes out for deer, moose, duck and bear.

The New Hampshire dairy industry consists of about 140 commercial farms. The industry, on average, generates over 50 million dollars a year for the state revenue. Most of the dairy farms are cooperative. Because of the high price of land it is difficult to enter into the dairy industry, therefore, most of the NH farms have been established for generations.

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The Capitol

Concord is the capitol city of New Hampshire. Concord's State House was constructed between 1816 and 1819 of granite (New Hampshire is also known as the granite state) from nearby Rattlesnake Hill.

New Hampshire is a hotbed for politics, including, of course, the presidential primaries.

New Hampshire is the oldest state house in the nation whose legislative powers still meet in their original chambers. Those chambers can be seen by the public and tours of the state house are available.

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Golden eagle

Perched atop the New Hampshire State House is an eagle. The photo of the eagle to the right is of the 1818 eagle that now rests within the New Hampshire Historical Society building located a block from the capitol.

The original eagle, a war statue, looked to the left. Later, in 1957, the war eagle was replaced with another which looked to the right, a peace eagle.

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A markerThe State House 25/Capitol Street, Concord, NH 03301 -
25 Capitol St, Concord, NH 03301, USA
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B markerNH Historical Society/30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301 -
30 Park St, Concord, NH 03301, USA
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Religion in New Hampshire

Nearly half of the residents of New Hampshire are affiliated with a particular religion or church. Throughout the state there are more Catholics than any other religion, although, a number of others make their home here, as well. Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans and Presbyterians all have a place to worship with the number of Jewish and Muslim worshippers increasing.

Arts and Entertainment in New Hampshire

The Fisher Cats play ball; Outdoor sculpture at The Fells; The Dusty Gray Band plays in Bicentennial Square.
The Fisher Cats play ball; Outdoor sculpture at The Fells; The Dusty Gray Band plays in Bicentennial Square. | Source

Minor League Baseball, Arts and Music Abound

There is a very large community of artists and musicians performing on a local level and at professional venues.

Painters, sculptures, poets, writers, singers, songwriters, bands, actors; the talent list is endless.

Due to the number of facilities available throughout the state that are able to accommodate crowds, New Hampshire residents and visitors are able see world class shows and exhibits. They can also enjoy a minor league baseball game played by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Lakes, River and Ponds of New Hampshire

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Water, Water, Everywhere

For such a small state, New Hampshire has a great number of rivers, lakes and ponds. At last tally, there were at least 1,00 lakes of various sizes; 3,000 ponds and approximately 100 streams.

Vacationers enjoy recreational sports, such as boating, water skiing, and swimming, while fisherman and anglers are attracted to the extensive variety of fish both fresh and salt water.

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It may surprise many to learn that New Hampshire has a host of producing vineyards. Dotting the state, are vineyards growing a variety of grapes and and bottling mead, as well.

A Few of the New Hampshire Vineyards

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A markerHaunting Whisper Vineyards 77 Oak Ridge Road, Route 4, Danbury, NH -
Danbury, NH, USA
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B markerFlag Hill Vineyards 297 North River Road, Lee, NH -
297 N River Rd, Lee, NH 03861, USA
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C markerWalpole Mountain View Vineyards 114 Barnett Hill Road, Walpole, NH -
Barnett Hill Rd, Walpole, NH, USA
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D markerOlde Nuttfield Vineyards Chester, NH -
Chester, NH, USA
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E markerWindroc Vineyard 286 Piscassic Road, Newfields, NH -
286 Piscassic Rd, Newfields, NH 03856, USA
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F markerSweet Baby Vineyard 14 Powwow River Road, East Kingston, NH -
14 Powwow River Rd, East Kingston, NH 03827, USA
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Today, of the remaining 750 covered bridges that still stand, 54 of them are in New Hampshire. Because of their historical significance, covered bridges became the first structures to be specifically protected by the state.

Dalton Bridge, pictured to the right, is located near the center of my town. Built in 1853, it remains one of the oldest bridges still in use today.

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New Hampshire's Architecture

New Hampshire has a rich history of prominent architecture. A few of noteworthiness include, the Danville Meeting House, built in 1760, the Hood Museum of Art by Charles Moore, the Exeter Library built in the late 60's, and my personal favorite, the Zimmerman House.

The Zimmerman House is a Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950.

The house is cared for by the Currier Gallery of Art. Both the house and the museum are located in Manchester, New Hampshire.

While taking a tour (arranged through the Currier), visitors can admire the interior, the entire furniture collection, as well as, the gardens; all designed by Wright.

I have been an admirer of Wright's for years. His ability to transform a home into an extension of the outdoors is remarkable.

If you are ever visiting and find yourself near or within driving distance to Manchester, it is worth your time.

Fellowship, The: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship

The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship
The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship

I bought this book several years ago while visiting the Portland Museum. It was there that I learned more about the Taliesin Fellowship: "an extraordinary architectural colony where Wright trained hundreds of devoted apprentices and where all of his late masterpieces—Fallingwater, Johnson Wax, the Guggenheim Museum—were born".

It is a fascinating book.

 
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The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

It is sometimes difficult to believe that it has been 25 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded. Aboard that shuttle was a former teacher and friend, Christa McAuliffe. A teacher at Concord High School, McAuliffe was selected from over 11,000 applicants to be NASA's first "Teacher in Space".

The discovery center is located in Concord. Recently, it was re-named and included another New Hamshirite, Alan Shepard, from Derry, New Hampshire.

Shepard was a test pilot in the US Navy, who in 1961, would become America's first astronaut.


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There are NH orchards throughout the state growing a huge variety of apples, including heirlooms.Horse riding is a popular sport in NH. There are riding stables for beginners and experts alike.One of the most , if not the most, celebrated fairs in the state. Each year crowds gather from all over New England to eat fair food and see the sites.Butterflies can be studied and seen at The Butterfly Place in all their splendor. Stand quietly and butterflies will surely land on you.Many people have gardens in NH. The agricultural community in NH is robust and organic and sustainably gardening advocates increase annually.In September, many, many homes have pots of colorful mums on the stoops of their entries welcoming visitors.You can't drive down many roads in rural NH without seeing a sign exclaiming, "We sell eggs". Lots of people care for their own chickens and ducks for a variety of reasons, eggs being one of them.In Cornish, NH, you can visit the estate of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. I brilliant sculpture whose work can be seen around the world.Outdoor sculpture exhibits can be found around NH and here, at Millbrook Gallery, they are generous enough to allow visitors to roam their property and see what many local artists have created.Local farms generally sell homemade items such as pie and breads and, of course, ice cream. At this time of year, there's nothing much better than pumpkin ice cream.Sure, locals farms sell corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins, but NH growers like to try their hand at many different crops including this gorgeous ginger.The Telephone Museum may sound rather boring, but you would be unwise to underestimate the intrigue of history. There is so much to see and learn here. The collection is very impressive.Hunting is a sport taught from one generation to another here in NH. People also enjoy photo-hunting and clay shooting.NH's state insect (yes, each state has one) is the ladybug. In addition, we have lots of other bugs and crawly-things, such as the Timber Rattlesnake which is the most endangered snake in the state.Buffalo roaming New Hampshire? Absolutely. Raising buffalo is a lot of work, but for the farmers that do, they contribute greatly to the NH economy, they promote sustainability and increase awareness regarding eating healthy.
There are NH orchards throughout the state growing a huge variety of apples, including heirlooms.
There are NH orchards throughout the state growing a huge variety of apples, including heirlooms. | Source
Horse riding is a popular sport in NH. There are riding stables for beginners and experts alike.
Horse riding is a popular sport in NH. There are riding stables for beginners and experts alike. | Source
One of the most , if not the most, celebrated fairs in the state. Each year crowds gather from all over New England to eat fair food and see the sites.
One of the most , if not the most, celebrated fairs in the state. Each year crowds gather from all over New England to eat fair food and see the sites. | Source
Butterflies can be studied and seen at The Butterfly Place in all their splendor. Stand quietly and butterflies will surely land on you.
Butterflies can be studied and seen at The Butterfly Place in all their splendor. Stand quietly and butterflies will surely land on you. | Source
Many people have gardens in NH. The agricultural community in NH is robust and organic and sustainably gardening advocates increase annually.
Many people have gardens in NH. The agricultural community in NH is robust and organic and sustainably gardening advocates increase annually. | Source
In September, many, many homes have pots of colorful mums on the stoops of their entries welcoming visitors.
In September, many, many homes have pots of colorful mums on the stoops of their entries welcoming visitors. | Source
You can't drive down many roads in rural NH without seeing a sign exclaiming, "We sell eggs". Lots of people care for their own chickens and ducks for a variety of reasons, eggs being one of them.
You can't drive down many roads in rural NH without seeing a sign exclaiming, "We sell eggs". Lots of people care for their own chickens and ducks for a variety of reasons, eggs being one of them. | Source
In Cornish, NH, you can visit the estate of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. I brilliant sculpture whose work can be seen around the world.
In Cornish, NH, you can visit the estate of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. I brilliant sculpture whose work can be seen around the world. | Source
Outdoor sculpture exhibits can be found around NH and here, at Millbrook Gallery, they are generous enough to allow visitors to roam their property and see what many local artists have created.
Outdoor sculpture exhibits can be found around NH and here, at Millbrook Gallery, they are generous enough to allow visitors to roam their property and see what many local artists have created. | Source
Local farms generally sell homemade items such as pie and breads and, of course, ice cream. At this time of year, there's nothing much better than pumpkin ice cream.
Local farms generally sell homemade items such as pie and breads and, of course, ice cream. At this time of year, there's nothing much better than pumpkin ice cream. | Source
Sure, locals farms sell corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins, but NH growers like to try their hand at many different crops including this gorgeous ginger.
Sure, locals farms sell corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins, but NH growers like to try their hand at many different crops including this gorgeous ginger. | Source
The Telephone Museum may sound rather boring, but you would be unwise to underestimate the intrigue of history. There is so much to see and learn here. The collection is very impressive.
The Telephone Museum may sound rather boring, but you would be unwise to underestimate the intrigue of history. There is so much to see and learn here. The collection is very impressive. | Source
Hunting is a sport taught from one generation to another here in NH. People also enjoy photo-hunting and clay shooting.
Hunting is a sport taught from one generation to another here in NH. People also enjoy photo-hunting and clay shooting. | Source
NH's state insect (yes, each state has one) is the ladybug. In addition, we have lots of other bugs and crawly-things, such as the Timber Rattlesnake which is the most endangered snake in the state.
NH's state insect (yes, each state has one) is the ladybug. In addition, we have lots of other bugs and crawly-things, such as the Timber Rattlesnake which is the most endangered snake in the state. | Source
Buffalo roaming New Hampshire? Absolutely. Raising buffalo is a lot of work, but for the farmers that do, they contribute greatly to the NH economy, they promote sustainability and increase awareness regarding eating healthy.
Buffalo roaming New Hampshire? Absolutely. Raising buffalo is a lot of work, but for the farmers that do, they contribute greatly to the NH economy, they promote sustainability and increase awareness regarding eating healthy. | Source
  • There are NH orchards throughout the state growing a huge variety of apples, including heirlooms.
  • Horse riding is a popular sport in NH. There are riding stables for beginners and experts alike.
  • One of the most , if not the most, celebrated fairs in the state. Each year crowds gather from all over New England to eat fair food and see the sites.
  • Butterflies can be studied and seen at The Butterfly Place in all their splendor. Stand quietly and butterflies will surely land on you.
  • Many people have gardens in NH. The agricultural community in NH is robust. Organic and sustainable gardening advocates increase annually.
  • In September, many, many homes have pots of colorful mums on the stoops of their entries welcoming visitors.
  • You can't drive down many roads in rural NH without seeing a sign exclaiming, "we sell eggs". Lots of people care for their own chickens and ducks for a variety of reasons, eggs being only one of them.
  • In Cornish, NH, you can visit the estate of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. I brilliant sculpture whose work can be seen around the world.
  • Outdoor sculpture exhibits can be found around NH and here, at Millbrook Gallery, they are generous enough to allow visitors to roam their property and see what many local artists have created.
  • Local farms generally sell homemade items such as pie and breads and, of course, ice cream. At this time of year, there's nothing better than pumpkin ice cream.
  • Sure, local farms sell corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins, but NH growers like to try their hand at many different crops including this gorgeous ginger.
  • The Telephone Museum may sound rather boring, but you would be unwise to underestimate the intrigue of history. There is so much to see and learn here. The collection is very impressive.
  • Hunting is a sport taught from one generation to another here in NH. People also enjoy photo-hunting and clay shooting.
  • NH's state insect (yes, each state has one) is the ladybug. In addition, we have lots of other bugs and crawly-things, such as the Timber Rattlesnake which is the most endangered snake in the state.
  • Buffalo roaming New Hampshire? Absolutely. Raising buffalo is a lot of work, but for the farmers that do, they contribute greatly to the NH economy, they promote sustainability and increase awareness regarding eating healthy.


"Stairway to Heaven"

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The Ghost of Madame Sherri

Are you enchanted by ghost tales and the supernatural? If you are, New Hampshire has it's fair share of folklore, sightings and haunted houses.

While two men camped on their way to Hillsborough in the early 1700s, they got into a scuffle. One man buried the other along the shore of what's now called Haunted Lake. Today, there continue to be reports of mysterious moans and cries.

Valentine Marston, an 11-year old boy from Hampton, New Hampshire, who was accidentally shot in 1890 while hunting, is said to walk through Marston House.

Madame Sherri has been seen walking down the stairs of what remains of her castle which is nested in the woods of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire.

As the month of September came to a close, my husband and I took a hike through a section of the 488 preserve. On a peaceful Saturday afternoon, we walked the trails and stopped by the staircase. We did not see Madame Sherri.

The Month at a Glance.

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I have lived in New Hampshire for many years now. I grew up here, moved away, only to return to a place that I call home.

I try to travel the state and see all that I can because I know that there are treasures to be found and beauty to be witnessed. I look forward to my next Photo-A-Day project. I have no doubt that it will include more of the wonders of this petite state named for the English colony of Hampshire and it will teach me more about its' faceted personality and prove to me that it is, indeed, a lovely place to live.

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I took all the pictures for this Photo-A-Day project with my iPhone. Many of the photos have already been sent to my friends and family that live elsewhere for them to enjoy. Others, I have altered slightly using instagram and will use them to make notecards.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I lived in Vermont for two years, so I've spent a fair amount of time crossing the river into New Hampshire, and I can say without hesitation that you live in a beautiful state, one I would love to visit again in the near future. So much green....so many great sights....so much natural beauty....and an easier lifestyle than we have on the west coast.

Great hub; really enjoyed the pictures.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

This was a beautiful travelog and I enjoyed viewing the photos and hearing about New Hampshire...a lovely state. Voted UP.


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alifeofdesign 4 years ago from New Hamphire Author

Vermont, is also incredibly beautiful, billybuc. I consider New England an ideal place to live because we have easy travel to mountains, lakes, the ocean, Boston, and NYC......our favorite go-to places. This was a fun project, perhaps I'll see a bit more of Olympia, WA in the near future?

Best Regards and thanks for the compliment.


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alifeofdesign 4 years ago from New Hamphire Author

carol777, thank you for the VoteUp. I have a friend who lives in Arizona so I have seen a few pictures of your state. Once I began this project, it immediately became clear to me that I had far too many photo ideas than days in the month! This would be interesting to do another project in a spring, summer and winter month and then ultimately merge them together.....ummm, I think I have another hub idea (thanks!).

Best Regards,

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