Mountain River Walk

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Today I'm back with one of my favorite types of photography: River photography!

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Mountain River Walk

I may be a broken record at times, when I post about the things that I see and appreciate. One of those things is definitely mountains! What comes with mountains most often as well are rivers and streams. This one is no exception, as this mountain chain has the outflow of a fairly large river and we can certainly see it here. Living relatively near the mountains is great because we can learn to appreciate things such as the rivers. Not as many people appreciate this as I think should, with the modern conveniences people don't understand that our water comes from somewhere. The place it rains the most often in a lot of areas around the world are the mountains. This is because it traps the blend of warm and cool air. The warm air of the ground makes its way towards the cooler air of the mountain and eventually produces rain, in a simplistic form of course.

This then produces the rivers, which I thoroughly enjoy taking pictures of! I am trying to change up my photography style in the future when it comes to rivers but I need to get a bit different equipment in order to do that. I enjoy the crisp, still-style of pictures that I take of the rivers but I would love to get into the blurred and motion side of it where the river is moving and soft, where you can observe the motion in the photos. I have a decent functioning tripod for me to take those types of pictures but I just haven't gotten around to taking them. In the meantime, I've got a few good crisp ones!

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This river is called the Pemigawasset and is one of the big rivers that flows out of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, connecting to a few different ones and eventually pouring out in the ocean via the Merrimack River ending in Newburyport. It takes quite a tortuous journey from the mountains, several hundred miles to the ocean. Being at the source is pretty remarkable! There is so much power and strength in this river and it is evident with how strongly it flows in these areas. You can tell how high the river gets at times, this time being one of the lower of the cycles.

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The rocks are everywhere and where you can see the rocks and the banks, are where the river has the potential to run. During the rainy times of the year, it can reach several feet higher than it is now which is crazy to think of. It's already fairly deep in the middle, I would say 3 or 4 feet at the deepest point in this particular location but likely 6 feet or more at the highest in these water levels. Add a few feet onto that during a rainy season and it's insane the volume of water that flows down this thing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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We walked for about 3/4 a mile along the riverbank here, ending just around the bend you can see below. We started a bit down stream from where we were right here and had a really nice time seeing the different parts of the river and stopping to try and fish in the different slower parts of the tide pool. We didn't catch anything when we were mulling about but it was a good time to walk along the river bank!

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This is such a nice, calm, and peaceful river. I loved its name Pemigawasset. What does this name mean? Anyway, how unfortunate that you didn't catch any fish there. It would be awesome if you get some and we can able to see what kind of fish lives there.

I noticed that the Pemigawasset river is pretty clean. Then, I think it's okay to swim there, isn't it? I loved to see this kind of scenery because I was able to see what it looks like in a foreign country. It was really amazing! Have some !PIZZA

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Thanks! Yeah it's a wonderful place for sure. The area we spend a lot of time in has a lot of Native American names to it. Pemigawasset, Piscataqua, Androscoggin are some of the names of the rivers around and it's nice to see them get some recognition for their ingenious ways and adaptation of their way of life to the region for so long.

It's clean and people do swim in it yeah. I think it's likely because the rivers here freeze during the winter so the water is incredibly cold except for maybe 45 days in the summer, where it's not too cold to fend off the heat that we get exposed to. We haven't swam in the river yet but maybe one day!

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Beautiful pictures. When I was a kid I lived in a rural community that looked down on the Hudson River. There was a stream that flowed behind my house, and ultimately, I'm sure, emptied into the river (far from where I lived). In spring the water would rush past with such force that we could hear it from our bedroom windows. Further up the mountain, the stream widened and was covered with rocks, much like those shown in your picture. The stream wasn't as wide as your picture shows, and it wasn't deep. I don't think it was. We never actually walked in the water. We would use the rocks as stepping stones to get across and go further up the mountain.

Anyway, you can see, I really relate to your pictures.

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It's incredible to live near any type of water when we are kids. It's got so many things to it! There are critters everywhere around it and inside it. Frogs, lizards, salamanders, fish and all that. One of my favorite things is to hear running water from where we are sleeping. It makes sleeping so much more peaceful to have such a natural bit of noise going on outside!

I love being able to see pictures like this and relate to them the way you were able to. It makes it special but it also brings back some fond memories of our younger years. We have those memories for sure but looking at a picture like that instantly brings us back to when we had so much fun. I'm glad that I was able to invoke some nice memories for you!

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In states there are huge rivers, but is Pemigawasset ideal to kayak ? It looks really a nice place

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Thanks, yeah people do kayak on it but not in this section here. It's too close to the source and incredibly rocky for this region. A mile or two south I think it has less rocks and is easier for kayaking. If you go 10-20 miles south then it's definitely some prime kayaking territory!

The incredible thing about the United States is that there are so many gigantic rivers! It's awesome and really lets you appreciate the things nature has for us.

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Wow Brother, how amazing to be able to connect with nature in this way, thank you for capturing such beautiful images of this wonderful river, it is very beautiful indeed. I have visited many rivers, the last one I went to was a bit dirty 😅🤣 but I helped clean it up a bit. Excellent tour indeed! 🙏🙌😃👊

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Thank you for a great comment! It's awesome to be able to share these areas and pictures with the world. I know that I'm lucky to live in an area, but there is beauty like this in thankfully lots of places around the world! Hopefully you have one like this nearby!

Cleaning things around us, especially rivers, is crucial! We need to respect the land we live in and the best way to do that is to just pick up the trash we see. If we all do that at least once or twice a day then we can vastly improve the environment we live in and leave for our kids!

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have you ever climbed the mountain at the background?
That really is a big river. Would love to sit on its bank, or fishing over there.

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Thanks for checking it out my friend! I haven't climbed the one in the background but there is one to the right that I've gone snowboarding on many times and have been up and down it quite a bit. I haven't climbed many of these mountains during the off season though, I have climbed one but it was in a different state. It's a great time getting to climb them for sure! I'm hoping that when my son gets a little bit older we can have fun adventures like that!

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I do love seeing photos of rivers and you captured these one’s beautifully

Getting long exposures to captures the notion of the water is nice as well and I am sure you will do that soon

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :), I truly enjoy exploring the world virtually each Wednesday seeing walks from all around the globe and feeling I am there and experiencing it all myself, such as I did in your post just now :)

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Thanks man! I really enjoyed the way these pictures came out. The work phone I've got is so much better than my personal phone hahaha oh well.

I'm certainly going to give the tripod and DSLR a try! I love the soft look to the photos of the rivers with the moving water.

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