Concord New Hampshire State House Capitol Building

State Capitol – Part of a series of fine art photographs from around the New England state of New Hampshire from the portfolios of photographer Edward M. Fielding – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/new+hampshire

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE HOUSE

A visit to Concord New Hampshire is not complete without a visit to the impressive New Hampshire State House building and grounds where in 1816 the state settled on the location.

The contest was between Concord, Hopkinton, and Salisbury, the last named town having offered seven thousand dollars for the honor. In the end Concord won, and by 1816 final action had been taken to build there.

Considerable expense was saved the town of Concord by the decision to build the Capitol of granite from what are now the Swenson quarries at the north end of the town, and to have the cutting and shaping and facing of the stones done by the inmates of the prison.

A feature of the new and imposing building thus provided was its huge gold-painted wooden eagle, which was raised to the top of the dome in 1818. Appropriate ceremonies presided over by Governor Plumer were marked by a series of toasts, one of which was, “The American Eagle. May the shadow of his wings protect every acre of our united continent and the lightning of his eye flash terror and defeat through the ranks of our enemies.”

The new building’s actual cost was only approximately $82,000, but it provided adequate quarters of the legislature and committees, the Governor and Council, the Secretary of State, the Treasurer, and the library. Stuart J. Park, the builder, goes down in history as having done an admirable job, and he has a Concord street to the north of the building, Park Street, named in his honor. The first session of the legislature to be held in the new building was in 1819.

The New Hampshire State House, located in Concord at 107 North Main Street, is the state capitol building of New Hampshire. The capitol houses the New Hampshire General Court, Governor and Executive Council. The building was constructed on a block framed by Park Street (named in honor of the architect, Stuart James Park) to the north, Main Street to the east, Capitol Street to the south, and North State Street to the west.

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Prints of this black and white photograph of the New Hampshire State Capital Building are available as prints, framed museum quality artwork, canvas prints and more at – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/state-capital-building-concord-new-hampshire-2015-edward-fielding.html

The current statehouse was designed in 1814, and paid for by the City of Concord. The building was built in 1816–1819 by architect Stuart Park.

The building was built in the Greek Revival style with smooth granite blocks. The entrance is covered by a small projecting portico supported by Doric columns. The balcony above is lined with a balustrade separated by Corinthian columns supporting a pediment. Another balustrade lines the edge of the flat roof.

Can you solve the mystery of at Saint-Gaudens Historic Site?

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More than a century ago, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his assistants to sealed shut roughly two dozen sculpture molds. The molds were put into storage for safekeeping.

Since then, the molds have passed from the Saint-Gaudens family to the non-profit Saint-Gaudens Memorial to the National Park Service. They also survived a catastrophic studio fire in 1944. Through the years, the identities of many of these sealed molds had been lost. Until now.

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The National Park Service at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish and the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock?s medical center in Lebanon have developed a partnership to non-invasively peek at what these molds contain.

With computed tomography (CT) scanning, normally used for creating an image of the inside of a patient?s body without surgical intervention, radiologists were able to scan the open interior spaces of these molds and then extrapolate the negative space into a positive digital image of what these molds would have been used to cast.

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They also took the additional step of converting these CT scans into stereo lithography which have been used to 3-D print casts of these original Saint-Gaudens works.

One of the scanned mold, after processing was found to be a Saint-Gaudens work previously unknown to art history. Park staff would love public assistance in trying to identify this individual.

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Photographing in the fog

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Photographing in the fog

Deep, thick fog is an exciting weather event to photograph.  Fog reduces contrast, mutes colors,  eliminates backgrounds and puts everything in a mysterious, atmospheric, even lighting.

Early Morning Tractor  in the Fog https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/early-morning-tractor-in-farm-field-edward-fielding.html
Early Morning Tractor in the Fog https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/early-morning-tractor-in-farm-field-edward-fielding.html

When we live on Mount Desert Island Maine next to Acadia National Park, fog was an almost daily fact of life.  You’d get reports from friends about one side of the island being fogged in while the other side was sunny.  Often people on summer vacation would travel along a road that is right next to Somes Sound or the ocean daily not even realizing that it had an incredible ocean view on sunny days.

Stormy foggy night off the coast of Maine https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/stormy-night-off-the-coast-of-maine-edward-fielding.html
Stormy foggy night off the coast of Maine https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/stormy-night-off-the-coast-of-maine-edward-fielding.html

Something like 68% of the days on Mount Desert Island are foggy at least part of the day which kind of wrecks havoc on vegetable gardens and solar panels.  It also created a rain forest type moisture which mosses and lichens love.

Here in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont we have some great foggy mornings, usually in the fall and along the valley floor especially the closer one gets to the Connecticut River.  Lebanon, NH seems to be particularly foggy as it sits low the valley.

Photographing in the foghttps://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/foggy-autumn-morning-etna-new-hampshire-edward-fielding.html
Photographing in the fog https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/foggy-autumn-morning-etna-new-hampshire-edward-fielding.html

For a photographer who is up early in the morning and prepared to get out and capture the wonderful foggy landscape, it’s a great time to be photographing.  The autumn leaves are turning and although the colors are much more muted than in bright sun, the effect of the fog and the colored leaves can be amazing.

Early foggy morning on the farm https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/early-foggy-morning-on-the-farm-edward-fielding.html
Early foggy morning on the farm https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/early-foggy-morning-on-the-farm-edward-fielding.html

Fog consists of visible cloud water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth’s surface. Fog can be considered a type of low-lying cloud and is heavily influenced by nearby bodies of water, topography, and wind conditions.

For the photographer, the further back one gets to the subject, the more it tends to disappear.  Lighting conditions are typically wonderfully diffused although the over all light level might be low and require wide open apertures or a tripod.  Be ready the night before to get out and capture the fog early in the morning before it “burns off” when

Apple Orchard In The Fog https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/apple-orchard-in-the-fog-edward-fielding.html
Apple Orchard In The Fog https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/apple-orchard-in-the-fog-edward-fielding.html

the sun comes up.

To see more great foggy photographs, check out the Fog Portfolio Here

 

Exploring the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire and Vermont

The Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont has a number of great attractions. Nothing earth shattering on their own, but add them up and they make a great array of interesting and fun natural areas and historic attractions from the many covered bridges including the longest one – the Cornish-Windsor bridge.

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In Hanover, New Hampshire you can find Dartmouth College and many fine restaurants and shops. Across the bridge there is Norwich with the Montshire Science Museum for the kids. Canoeing and Kayaking on the Connecticut River.

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Alpine skiing at the Dartmouth Skiway, Whaleback or Mount Sunapee. Nordic skiing in Hanover or at the Eastman Cross Country center in Grantham.

Over on the Vermont side there is Quechee for the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Quechee Gorge natural feature, VINS Bird Center, antique mall, distiller, mini-golf, camping. In Woodstock you’ll find the The Woodstock Inn, Billings Farm & Museum, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and a charming villiage of shops and restaurants. A bit down the road is the Long Trail Brewing company.

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South of Woodstock you’ll find the birthplace of Vermont – Windsor with a museum of industry (American Precision Museum), a craft village including cheese shops, distillery, Simon Pierce glass blowers and pottery with demonstrations and the Harpoon Brewery.

Across the river is Cornish, NH with the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

All over the region are great hiking, kayaking, biking and canoeing opportunities as well as just drinking in some great rural country side with apple picking at orchards, fresh dairy, cheese, scenery and more.

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Recently sold: Open All Night Classic Diner Photograph by Edward M. Fielding

Diner photograph by Edward M. Fielding

Open All Night – Four Aces Diner

This diner photograph in my portfolio of classic diner images (https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/diner) is becoming a bestseller. Most recently purchased collector from Shreveport, LA who purchased a framed and matted 15.000″ x 20.000″ print of “Open All Night”.

    • Image Size: 15.000″ x 20.000″
    • Total Size: 18.75″ x 23.75″
    • Print Material: Luster Photo Paper
    • Frame: CRQ13 – Black Wood (CRQ13)
    • Top Mat: Bar Harbor Gray
    • Finishing: 1/8″ Clear Acrylic – Foam Core Mounting

Hot cup of joe late light or early morning in a classic American diner. Four Aces Diner, Lebanon, New Hampshire. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding.

Inside the classic original 1952 Worcester Diner Car 837 of the Four Aces Diner
Inside the classic original 1952 Worcester Diner Car 837 of the Four Aces Diner – http://4acesdiner.com/  Note: the Four Aces hours are Serving Breakfast and Lunch  
7 Days a week till 3pm
23 Bridge St,  West Lebanon, NH 03784

If you visit the Four Aces Diner in Lebanon, New Hampshire and slide into one of the classic original diner booth or mount the original diner stools at the counter and order a coffee, be sure to peruse the selection of hashes on the menu.

My favorite is the Red Flannel Hash with sweet beets, onions and corned beef.   Delish and will certainly get you through the day with a hearty and savory start to the day.

Red Flannel Hash Recipe

Swopping out the potato for beets makes for a tasty alternative to regular old hash.  A New England classic served up at great diners like the Four Aces.  This recipe is a simple one — just leftover corned beef, potatoes, beets, butter, cream, and a few shakes of salt and pepper.

Yield: Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked, diced corned beef
  • 2 cups boiled, diced potatoes
  • 1 cup cooked, diced beets
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Mix together beef, potatoes, and beets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Melt butter in skillet, add hash and milk, and cook over low heat until one side is brown. Turn and brown the other side. Serve with eggs and toast, plus lots of hot coffee.

Lone White Pine on a Frozen Pond in New Hampshire

Lone Pine Tree Anderson Pond Eastman New Hampshire Framed Print by Edward Fielding

The winter landscape is perfect for finding minimalist subjects such as the small lone pine tree on a frozen lake in Grantham, New Hampshire.  Black and white imagery also works well as the stark overcast skies become white as well as the ground covered in snow.

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pine is any conifer in the genus Pinus, /ˈpns/,[1] of the family Pinaceae. Pinus is the sole genus in the subfamily Pinoideae.  Pine trees are one of the most varied and widely spread genus of native tree species in North America.  From the cold mountains of Alaska to Nova Scotia in the east, from high wind-swept Rocky Mountain cliffs to the fertile Appalachian forests, on seaside borders, swamps, dry foothills, lowlands and everywhere in between, pine trees can be found.

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Adapted to so many environments, pine trees are hardy survivors in their native habitat.  The pine trees of North America were used by Native Americans for treatments of respiratory ailments, in canoe building and even as food.  Today native pines are one of the most valuable commercial timber sources and continue to be used for construction, furniture, pulpwood, land management and more.

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There really aren’t a lot of colors around in the winter landscape anyway except for the muted shades of green in the pine trees or the occasional shock of red from a classic old vintage farm tractor or red classic New England barn.

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Photographic Trip to the Hersey Farms Historic District of Andover, New Hampshire

Old Abandoned Wooden Barn by Edward Fielding
The Hersey Farm Historic District represents two active farmsteads with outbuildings and landscapes that have changed little since the early 20th century.
In Andover, the Hersey Farm Historic District represents two active farmsteads with outbuildings and landscapes that have changed little since the early 20th century. Much of the land surrounding these farms has recently been protected with a conservation easement.

The Hersey Farms Historic District of Andover, New Hampshire, includes two farmsteads belonging to members of the Hersey family, located on the Franklin Highway (New Hampshire Route 11) in eastern Andover. The older of the two farms, the Guy Hersey Farm, was established c. 1850 by Hiram Fellows, and has been in the Hersey family since 1904. The adjacent James Hersey Farm was established in 1833 by Alfred Weare, and was acquired by Guy Hersey’s son James in 1945. The two farms encompass 325 acres (132 ha), and were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

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I found a variety of interesting compositions of the classic old weathered buildings including the outbuildings, barns, attached farm house.  All in all it is an amazing complex of preserved buildings that make up this once active farm.  In the back fields, cattle or beef cows still graze the fields from the neighboring farm.

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The Guy Hersey Farm, 1088 Franklin Highway, includes 57 acres (23 ha) of land, a c. 1830 farmhouse, and a number of barns and other outbuildings. Although the house predates the establishment of the farm by Hiram Fellows, physical and documentary evidence suggest it was moved to this site from another location. It began as a 1.5 story wood frame house with a side-gable roof. In the 1850s it was enlarged by raising the roof and adding a south wing. A barn dating to c. 1865-80 is connected to the house by a shed extension, and a second barn (c. 1917) is attached to the first. A third barn, dating to c. 1920 and moved to the site by Guy Hersey from another farm, forms an enclosed barnyard with the other two. The most interesting outbuilding is a c. 1890 structure that was initially used as a piggery, but was converted by Hersey into a smithy. Hersey’s property also includes the foundation remnants of an old schoolhouse.

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The farm that was established by Hiram Fellows was probably operated by his father Nathan on a subsistence basis. After several changes of ownership it was acquired by Hersey, who first had a dairy operation. When this became less economically viable, he used the farm to raise cattle, an operation that continues today

The New Old Red Farm Truck

Dodge Farm Truck

Driving along Etna Center Road with my son, I spot something new and great.  My son says “Dad, don’t go off the road!”.  I’m not I assure him, besides I don’t have my camera with me.

Don’t you love when something can still surprise you driving along an old familiar route?  There is an old farm in the town of Etna, basically a section of Hanover, New Hampshire which Dartmouth College resides, that have been a favorite subject of mine over the years.  I’ve photographed their chickens…

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…their old chicken coop…

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…their old John Deere tractor when its parked just right…

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…and their cows…

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But now after seven years of driving by this farm, there is something new to photograph – a cute old vintage red Dodge farm pickup truck parked in the pasture. I’m guessing it is a decorative piece as it seems stuck in a field of deep snow. Perhaps its a wind break for the cows. Maybe its working but is planned for use in the summer. Whatever the case I’ll photograph is long as it stays in such a great spot.

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Scenes of New England

Scenes of New England

Scenes of New England is a new collection of watercolor technique art work created from fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding.

Created from scenic vistas around the region, this collection of fine artworks explores the classic New England landscape and landmarks including old red barns in the snow, forests, ponds, covered bridges, old colonial houses and more.

New England is a northeastern region of the United States comprising the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. It’s known for its Colonial past, Atlantic coastline, changing autumn foliage and forested mountains. Boston, Massachusetts, the region’s hub, pre-dates the American Revolution, and its Freedom Trail passes sites that were critical to the nation’s founding.

From photographic artist Edward M. Fielding:

What I love about the New England region is the variety of landscape one can fine within a few hours drive. Out in the west one can drive all day between one dramatic vista to the other but in New England, the next exciting view can be right around the corner.

We have the dramatic coastline from the craggy harbors of Rhode Island to the sandy beaches of Cape Cod to the rocky shores of Maine.  In land the Green and White Mountains beckon to be hiked and skiied.  Once you get off the highways, the region provides endless history to explore and village after village of old historic buildings with traditional family farms in between.

In particular the region I use as my home base, the Upper Valley, seems to have endless back roads to explore, always surprising me with an old hundred year old barn, a classic car in the driveway or a beautiful display of fall foliage.  Plus of course a  locally produced bottle of maple syrup or cheese made from the cows yonder in the field.