New England Seasons 2020 begins the year in the snowy village of Waits River, VT. Spring arrives at the waterfalls in Southford, CT. Summer salutes flags flying in Gloucester, MA., while fall makes a defiant final appearance in full regalia as maples stand sentry on a country road in Maine. Enjoy all the New England states at their best in this 24-photo calendar.
Locations pictured in the 2020 edition include:
• While these wind-swept mountains of snow may suggest a location in the Arctic, the lone tree gives away the truth. This is a farm field in Mansfield, CT.
The frozen shoreline is on Barn Island Wildlife Management Area in Stonington, CT. The 1,013-acre preserve has been called the finest wild coastal area in Connecticut.
• This snowy village takes its name from the Waits River flowing in the foreground and is part of the town of Topsham, VT.
The snow-covered bales of hay in Concord, VT are not likely to serve as feed until the Spring thaw.
• Sun illuminates the Newport Harbor Lighthouse on Goat Island as well as a single tower of the fog-draped Claiborne Pell Bridge spanning the East Passage of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay.
Linden Place is a Federal-style mansion built in 1810 by General George DeWolf. Located in Bristol, RI and now open as an historic house museum, Linden Place was one of the locations filmed for the 1974 movie The Great Gatsby.
• The fast-flowing waters of Eight Mile Brook sweep over a series of waterfalls at Southford Falls State Park in Southford, CT.
New England’s largest planter may be this classic truck that welcomes visitors to Smith’s Acres nursery in Niantic, CT
• Seen at last light, the White Mountains have taken on highlights of the bright green of new leaves and the warm ruby hue of new buds as spring awakens the forest covering the rolling hills in Lincoln, NH.
Along the Connecticut River, Spring also offers an opportunity to contemplate a new season as it comes into flower in Barnet, VT.
• Looking toward Vermont on a fine summer day in Cornish, NH, home to the longest wooden covered bridge in America, as well as the Cornish Art Colony.
The Harrisville Pond laps at the foundation of the brick public library. Beyond the library rises the steeple of the Community Church of Harrisville. The church building was constructed in 1797.
• Roses looking their patriotic best decorate the waterfront along Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA. With a charter from James I granted in 1623, this became one of the first English settlements in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The Kingsbury Grist Mill in Medfield, MA first operated in about 1718. This building went up in about 1819. Today a town Grist Mill Committee is attempting to revive the quiet mill.
• The place to see the sun first in New England is from Cadillac Mountain on the shores of Acadia National Park in Maine.
The original Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, ME was commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1827. The original was replaced in 1835 and the keeper’s house was built in 1857.
• On a fall day, the clouds fill the valleys in Peacham, VT, home to an annual Fall Foliage celebration and notable as Yankee magazine’s “Best New England Village” in 2005.
Fall color climbs Morgan Peak at Coolidge State Forest in Plymouth, VT. The mountain reaches an elevation of 2,618 feet.
• Perhaps someone’s idea of a French allé, but surely more colorful, these maples stand sentry along a country road in Bridgeton, ME.
Leaves inflame the lawn outside the Memorial Library in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Built as a private home in 1842 and purchased for the library in 1923, the Greek Revival-style building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
• The fog from Amos Pond is just burning off as the rising sun highlights the fine color of this tree in Preston, CT.
Five Mile Point Light stands on the shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven, CT surrounded by an 82-acre park. The light is decommissioned, but in season, the Light House Point Carousel provides lots of light, music and one of only three carousel camels in the world
• On a brilliantly sharp winter day, the White Mountains fill the horizon seen from Scar Ridge (West Peak) in Livermore, NH.
One may not call the Stark Covered Bridge pedestrian, at least so far as holiday decorations are concerned. The two-span Paddleford-truss bridge was built in the mid-1800s and crosses the Upper Ammonoosuc River in Stark, NH.
About the Photographer
Bill Johnson is a native New Englander who lives in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire,with his partner Maggie Rushbrook. He has been involved with photography for the past40 years. What started as a hobby has become a profession that he pursues with greatpassion. His work has a quality of light and color that combines with an artistic sense tocapture the mood of a location. Bill enjoys spending countless hours seeking his images— sometimes visiting a place many times until the light and conditions “speak” to him.His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, calendars, cards, and exhibits inthe New England region and beyond. His photographs also illustrate the books Backroadsof New England: Your Guide to New England’s Most Scenic Backroads Adventures; NewEngland Portrait of a Place; The New England Coast: The Most Spectacular Sights &Destinations; New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens; New Hampshire Impressions andNew Hampshire: First In The Nation. This is the 31st year that Bill’s calendar work hasbeen featured in our New England calendars. We know you’ll enjoy them!Bill has finally given in to the digital age and is no longer shooting film. Although some of theimages you see in the calendar started life as film, all transparencies are now scanned. Henow shoots 14-bit raw files with a Nikon D800 E on a tripod, using the mirror lock-up method,and electronic cable release. He is still striving for quality images after all these years.