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Guy Shorey's Spring Scenes Photo Gallery

These photos are some of the many historical slides archived and preserved within the Gladys Brooks Memorial Library located at the Weather Discovery Center.

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The Col
Looking up to the Northern Peaks of the Presidential Range, from Randolph, New Hampshire. In this late spring view, Mount Madison is on the left, and Mount Adams on the right. Lingering snow can be seen harbored in the gullies of north-facing King Ravine. Among these chutes is Great Gully, which boasts one of the steepest and most challenging hiking trails in the Presidentials. Expert skiers sometimes try their skills skiing this couloir in the spring.

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King's Ravine
Looking up to Mount Adams's King Ravine, from Randolph, New Hampshire. This north-facing ravine, whose gull ies can shelter snow into early summer, is named after Thomas Starr King. Starr King, as he is often called, authored one of the first books specifically about the White Mountains -"The White Hills, Their Legends, Landscapes, and Poetry " - in 1859. Mount Starr King, north of the Presidentials, is also named in his honor.

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View from Jackson
What could be more evocative of springtime in the White Mountains; blossoms in the valley, and snow lingering in the East Fields on the summit cone of Mount Washington, under a sunny, blue sky? The East Fields are a favorite of spring skiers; hard to get to early in the season, but easy to reach once the Mount Washington Auto Road opens for the season. By that time, though, there's seldom a runout, so skiers have to be skilled to prevent a rocky finish to their runs on the upper reaches of the Alpine Garden.

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Backyard
From Randolph, New Hampshire, looking up to Mount Madison (peeking above the trees on the left) and Mount Adams, whose King Ravine can hold snow into summer. While many areas on the eastern slopes of the Presidential Range (to the lee of the prevailing winds) hold snow because they capture so much snow during the winter, King Ravine holds snow late because it faces north, and its gullies thus escape some of the direct effect of the sun's rays.

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View from the Glen
Mount Washington, as seen from the Glen House site, at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road. Late spring snow lingers on Boott Spur, left, and on the northern flanks of Nelson Crag and the Chandler Ridge on the right. Such late snows can delay the opening of the Auto Road until late May and, on rare occasions, until early June.

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Scenic Vista
Seen from the scenic vista in Intervale, Mount Washington and its neighboring Southern Peaks still hold snow while spring greenery has returned to the nearby valleys. Spring hikers have to keep in mind that deep snows can linger at higher elevations, so that extra time, patience, well waterproofed boots, high gaiters, and sometimes crampons and ice axes are necessary to visit the peaks at this time of year - even though it may feel like summer in the lowlands.

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Mounts Adams and Jefferson
From the upper northeastern slopes of Mount Washington, Mount Adams and Mount Jefferson dominate the northern view. The snowfield on Mount Jefferson's leeward slope may present avalanche hazard to winter climbers, but summer hikers can enjoy its cool novelty often into July. The snowfield lies near the Gulfside Trail and the Mount Jefferson Loop.

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Mount Crescent House
From the Mount Crescent House in Randolph (a classic White Mountain hotel, now but a memory) was a fine view to Mount Adams and its King Ravine, whose steep couloirs typically hold snow well through the springtime. The Mount Crescent House was one of a few lodging places in Randolph which welcomed summer visitors and became fixtures in the social life of the community, and which served as important jumping-off points for many mountain adventures.

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