New England locations featured in the 2022 calendar include:
• Winter storm clouds break after dropping a blanket of snow on Laurel Lake in Lee, MA.
• Trapped like fish in a basket, the pair of boats won’t be leaving their Ryder’s Cover moorings in Chatham, MA until the ice releases them.
• Sleeping through the ice and snow, cattails frame the view of the salt water lagoon at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge in South Kingston, RI.
• The brilliant setting sun implies a warmth that will not touch the docks of the Westerly Yacht Club along the Pawcatuck River in Rhode Island for another month.
• A fiery orange moon rises out of the Atlantic Ocean beside the more modest beam of the Cape Neddick Light Station on Nubble Island in York, ME. Originally constructed in 1879, the light has a focal height of 88 feet and can be seen for 13 miles.
• Marshall Point Light Station on Whitehead Island in Maine’s Penobscot Bay was first constructed in 1832. The light was automated in 1980. Scenes for the movie “Forrest Gump” were filmed here.
• By late summer, the apple trees in bloom on this green hillside in South Williamstown, MA will have transformed their flowers to sweet fruit.
• The Battle of Lexington and Concord is commemorated with a reenactment every Patriot’s Day at Old North Bridge in Minute Man National Historic Park in Concord, MA.
• A competition for most striking color resumes each spring between this classic barn in Mystic, CT, and the flowering dogwood tree springing to life beside it.
• An advance look at the panoply of roses that will bloom between June and August at the Elizabeth Park Conservancy in Hartford, CT.
ª Rosa rugosa enjoys the beach-front view offered in this sheltered cove along the coast in Maine’s Acadia National Park.
• This wildflower meadow on the coast of Maine boasts purple lupines and buttercups among its many flowering inhabitants.
• Regiments of fair-weather clouds gather above the quiet waters at a bend of the Connecticut River in Orford, NH.
• The Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge spans the Ammonoosuc River connecting the towns of Bath and Woodsville, NH. The bridge was opened in 1829 and carried state Route 135 until 1999. Thought to be the oldest covered bridge in the state, it was restored in 2004 and opened to foot traffic.
• The Gilded Age seems still to flourish in places like Newport, RI where one can sail a traditional gaff-rig vessel or vacation at Castle Hill. Commissioned as a summer home in 1874 for Harvard luminary Alexander Agassiz, the shingle-style summer house became a hotel after WWII and is renowned now for food and hospitality overlooking Rams Head.
• Seen at sunset, Point Judith Light marks the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, RI, as well as the eastern entrance to Block Island Sound. The light has a focal height of 65 feet and is visible for 18 miles.
• The Jersey cows in the fall setting seem to prefer the green grass at the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, VT. Frederick Billings established a managed forest and progressive dairy farm here in 1871. Now part of the Woodstock Foundation, the farm interprets Vermont’s agrarian culture and history.
• Fall seems to have arrived with flags flying in Grafton, VT where the fall color is complemented with planting of chrysanthemums in full bloom.
• The Coginchaug River flows over Wadsworth Falls in Middletown, CT. The land for Wadsworth Falls State Park was donated by Clarence Wadsworth in 1942 in order to preserve the land as a place for public recreation. In addition to five miles of walking trails, the river is stocked with trout.
• The horses are asked not to eat the trees, hence the fence? We do know that Lindy Farms has bred and raised racehorses of note in Somers, CT since 1972. The farm was established by racing enthusiast Sonny Antonacci and is operated now by his two sons.
• Color above and reflected below, the trees surrounding Pemigewasset Lake offer a surfeit of autumn color. The 249-acre lake is located between the town of New Hampton and Meredith, NH. Water from the lake flows down Harper Brook, to the Pemigewasset River, a tributary of the Merrimack River which eventually reaches the Gulf of Maine.
• This gazebo in the village of Elkins in the town of New London, NH, makes a fine outpost for reviewing any season, though fall might be the most colorful. Until 1888, Elkins was the home of the New London Scythe Co. that shipped the blades around the world for 50 years.
• The Middle Bridge is decorated for the season of light in Woodstock, VT. Spanning the Ottauquechee River, it is the first covered bridge built by the state of Vermont since 1889. The Town lattice design was executed by Milton Graton in 1969 and spans 136 feet. The Middle Bridge replaced an iron bridge dating to 1877 that was condemned in 1966.
• This view through the snow-covered spruce trees in West Topsham, VT, looks up at last light to the summit of Butterfield Mountain that rises to 3,123 feet.
About the Photographer
Bill Johnson is a native New Englander who lives in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. He has been involved with photography for the past 40 years. What started as a hobby has become a profession that he pursues with great passion. His work has a quality of light and color that combines with an artistic sense to capture 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 in the New England region and beyond. His photographs also illustrate the books Backroads of New England: Your Guide to New England’s Most Scenic Backroads Adventures; New England: Portrait of a Place; The New England Coast: The Most Spectacular Sights & Destinations; New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens; New Hampshire Impressions and New Hampshire: First In The Nation. This is the 31st year that Bill’s calendar work has been featured in our New England calendars. We know you’ll enjoy them!