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Of Rock and Water #nonet

Middle Purgatory Falls, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire

The bones of ancient mountains watch us
Hundreds of millions of years old
Reminders of Pangea
When the young Earth was one
Sentinels of time
High granite walls
Always there
Clear white streak
Crashing water
Liquid knife cuts through
Never ceasing turmoil
Sounds of rush and glory
In an ever-changing rhythm
Life blood of a breathing planet
The ancient land is always made new


This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week it was a photo prompt and, since I was chosen as poet of the week for the last photo challenge, Colleen used one of my photos. I wrote a double nonet for that hourglass shape. yeah, I like that form ;)


The photo is of Middle Purgatory Falls, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. there are three beautiful falls on the Purgatory Brook as well as countless rapids and small waterfalls flowing into the brook.

The Appalachian Mountains were formed hundreds of millions of years ago when all of the plates bumped into each other creating a super continent, Pangea. This later broke apart, yet you can still see the shapes mirrored across oceans, and find rocks on one continent that seem to belong to another.

The Weekly Smile 1/21/2019 #weeklysmile


If you follow my blog you have most likely seen quite a few photos from Cape Cod, though I have been awful about them lately – I have several thousand photos going back to June that I haven’t even looked at!  I don’t however, post many photos of the natural beauty of New Hampshire.

On Saturday I decided to get out of the house for more than just a long dog walk.  There is a trail close to my house that goes by three waterfalls.  the trailhead is a five minute drive, and the closest fall, Lower Purgatory Falls, is about a 10 minute easy hike from the trailhead.  I have written about the falls a few times  – my favorite is here (click if you want to see some of my best waterfall photos ;) ).  Saturday was cold and a storm was threatening, but it was worth it!  I only went about 15 or 20 minutes beyond the Lower Falls, but it was still a nice small hike (between 30 and 45 minutes). Continue reading

“New” Waterfall

There are many streams and rivers in and around Wilton, New Hampshire.  Since Wilton is also on the edge of the bigger hills of southern NH, there are several waterfalls.

Just a few miles from my house there is a very pretty falls that everyone knows about and visits.  Actually, I haven’t been in a few years, but I used to go all of the time.  Here is an older photo of it taken in early winter (yes, that is snow).

A little farther out, and just over the border into Mt. Vernon and Milford, is Purgatory Brook with the three main Purgatory Falls, Upper, Middle and Lower, plus many pretty smaller falls.  Last year I did a post on this beautiful hike.  Here is a photo from Monday. Continue reading

Waterfalls – A Hike up Purgatory Brook

Purgatory Brook

There are several nice little hikes close to my (New Hampshire) house.  I’m talking within 2 or 3 miles (under 5 km).  There are some more mountainous hikes within 10 miles (15 km).  I don’t take advantage of these trails as much as I used to or as much as I should.  I’m going to try to change that…

One of them is a trail up Purgatory Brook (Milford and Mt. Vernon, NH) that hits three larger (not huge) waterfalls and a handful of smaller falls, including, in the wet weather, a stream that cascades down the steep valley into the brook.  This is a very pretty hike.  Last autumn I rediscovered it when my brother came to visit.  I used photos of the hike in several posts, including this one.  In early February I did another short hike (not seeing the upper two waterfalls) and posted about it here.

A little over a week ago I revisited it.  One of the reasons I wanted to go was that I had just picked up a new camera and wanted to field test it. Continue reading

A Teaser…

Middle Purgatory Falls

In about a week I am going to share some photos of today’s hike.  I just wanted to post this teaser…

This is Middle Purgatory Falls.  I used a very slow shutter speed, but it is handheld.  I have a new camera and this is a test shot…  Do you think it passed? ;)

Ice, Wood and Water

Deep, cold pool

A few weeks ago I did a short hike near my house in New Hampshire.  The trail follows Purgatory Brook and goes by all three waterfalls, but I only stopped at the first.  It was relatively warm day, but the path was icy in spots.  For the most part, though it was a great hike.

One special thing about the hike was that I brought my camera and the new lens.  The bad thing is that I had forgotten to change the battery so it continued to flash at me that I was losing power.  I still took a few pictures, most of the ice covered waterfall, Lower Purgatory Falls. Continue reading

A Mid/Late Autumn Walk


Beaver Pond on Purgatory Brook.

I know I’m stretching this into the third post, but I did forget a picture ;)

So, what should I do with my brother on Friday afternoon after he gets into town?  I wasn’t super worried about this question, but I did want something to do.  There are a lot of short hikes close to my house, some with a lot of country charm (i.e., fields, meadows, etc.), some with small lakes/large ponds, some with stands of ancient trees where you can walk through trees that were all alive before any European settlers where in the area.  There is also a nice little hike that has three waterfalls. Continue reading

Reminder #weeklysmile 46 Part 2!


Earlier today I posted about hiking up to the lower and middle falls on the Purgatory Falls trail just up the road from my house.  Today we wen out between rain storms and, starting from the top, saw the Upper Falls, which are my favorite.  The picture doesn’t do it justice – these falls are cool!

So that is my third smile for the week ;)!

What made you smile this week?

If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!


Note – the weekly smile runs Wednesday Morning to Wednesday morning.  I post in the morning (Eastern US) and put up the link usually between 7 and 8 AM EST.  I also try to post on Sunday as a reminder.  People can and do join throughout the week.

I Want Your Smile #weeklysmile 46 reminder

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Just a very quick check in here…  On Friday I picked my brother up at the airport.  On the way back we stopped at a little place for short hike.  This trail is about 2 1/2 miles from my house.  Actually, there are two parking places and the second one is less than 4 miles from my house.  But it is someplace that i always forget about.  It was actually a very nice little walk!  We saw two of the three waterfalls on the trail (it was getting dark so we turned back before the third.  Very nice.  I need to do it more often.


Lower Purgatory Falls

Rediscovering this little spot so close to home was a big smile. Continue reading