This is one of my favorite close-to-home spots. One of my dreams is to own a waterfront home on a quiet lake or pond, one that has loons on it, that has a largely undeveloped shoreline, is teeming with wildlife, and visited by few people. This spot is something like that. I think more people know about it than I care to admit, but in the mornings I rarely see anyone here. There are loons, beavers, herons, turtles, and frogs. It's big enough to explore, but small enough to not get lost. It's too small for motorboats or jetskis, so it's quiet and clean and peaceful. There are some "islands" and little paths made by beavers through water almost too shallow to paddle through, so there are interesting spots. I love this place.

Since discovering this gem several years ago, I try to make it out here a couple times each summer to spend a morning with the loons. Thankfully this spot isn't so far from my house that a sunrise paddle is a huge hardship - during the longest days of the year I can wake up, get here for sunrise, spend an hour or two shooting, drive back home, unload my car, run, shower, and still get to work on time, but it does make for a really long day. At other times, I've come out here with family and friends. I've always brought a camera of some kind (if I'm with Winston, I just bring my GoPro because carrying anything that isn't waterproof with him in the boat is just a little too risky), and over the years have amassed a collection of varied photographs from this beautiful and amazing little piece of heaven.

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First and Last Light

The first rays of sunlight hits the top peak of a hill off in the distance while the moon remains high in the sky overhead on a calm morning on a pond in New Hampshire.

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Morning Rise

An adult Common Loon flaps its wings dry in the morning sun as its young chick looks on.

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Overcast Sunrise Paddle

A male kayaker explores a quiet New Hampshire pond on an overcast summer morning.

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Loon with Sunfish

A Common Loon with a sunfish it caught while hunting on a pond in southern New Hampshire. This adult was catching fish to feed its chick.

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Perpetual Calm

A cloudless sky is reflected on the calm surface of a pond.

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Growing Up

A baby Common Loon begs its parent for some food. This youngster is growing up and white and dark gray feathers are starting to replace its mousey gray-brown down.

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