Ranked #1 at Explore for August 4, 2006
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© Christopher Seufert Photography
I went to a funeral for my grandmother (she lived a nice, long life) and stopped to see my grandfather's old farm at Ragged Mountain in Wilmot, NH in July. It was hard with all the holiday weekend traffic to get an empty road shot and enough time to lie down (not recommended) in the road for the proper perspective. I shot one like this before but got too much foreground and I like that this is more balanced between foreground and back....
It was great to spend some time looking at my grandfather's old stone walls and all the little creeks we used to swim in when we were kids and visiting him. This photo captures a bit of the excitement my sisters and I used to feel when Ragged Mountain loomed up and I was glad to see that after 25 years it affects me just the same.
Somewhere in my brain this image had been etched, so it was satisfying to capture it.
This image is also a bit of a personal metaphor for me about the journey I took getting up there, really brutal on 4th of July weekend, and taking time out from my everyday busy life. The road to Ragged Mountain is not always easy but it certainly is an adventure. The black flies were terrible, but hey, that's what it's about.