Monday, June 20, 2011

Lupine in Sugar Hill, NH

On Saturday, my dad and I travelled to beautiful Sugar Hill, NH. We went there to see the annual Lupine Festival. Local residents and businesses have grown thousands of lupines in locations with fantasic views of the White Mountains.

I was blown away by the beauty of Sugar Hill. Lupines are one of my favorite species of flowers. Combining them with one of my favorite regions in America is a can't miss photographic opportunity.

We started our day at Polly's Pancake Parlor. We partook in the famous pancakes while we waited for the early morning rain to dissipate. While my dad settled for plain pancakes, I tried the coconut corncakes and the the buckwheat walnut pancakes. Both were excellent, but the buckwheat walnut were definitely my favorite!

After breakfast we photographed the lupines across the street from Polly's. This view included a beautiful light grey horse, an old barn, thousands of buttercups and a view to the Franconia Range. Quite frankly it was stunning!

Later in the morning we photographed St. Matthew's Church, where we saw a bride and groom taking their wedding shots. Then we traveled down the Sunset Hill Road where we made multiple stops for more shots of the lupines and fantastic mountain views.

After touring through most of the sites that were included on the Lupine Festival Map, we doubled back to revisit the early morning locations when it had been cloudy. The afternoon brought sunshine and clear views for miles.

This was one of my favorite days and locations in all of New England. The only places that compare to the Lupine Festival are Acadia National Park at any time of year and the Kancamagus Highway and Crawford Notch during peak foliage. Sugar Hill when the lupine are in bloom is truly a special place!

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