Sunapee Sightings: The new covered bridge!

CoveredBridge_Falls_CC_2013-07Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee: Above Hames Park falls, a new pedestrian bridge spans the Sugar RIver in Sunapee Harbor Village. It connects River Road and Main Street by the historic Harbor House Livery (old town hall building). On July 19, 2013, a crane put the wooden bridge in place.

View a short video of the bridge being put in place via the Town of Sunapee website and learn more about the project via Project Sunapee.

Read related article: Sunapee sets date for placing covered bridge (

Sunapee Flash Bash showcases student photos


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Sunapee Sightings: Field of snow

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It’s a cold winter’s day.

Lined by fencing,

framed by clouds,

a field of snow

fills the rolling landscape.

Along Harding Hill Road, Sunapee. Photo by Joan Chandler, Sunapee.

Winter tapestry: Snow weaves across Lake Sunapee

A winter tapestry: A snow weaving on the ice that forecasts more is to come...

A winter tapestry: snow falls steadily this morning and weaves across the ice forecasting more… much more to come. Winter Storm Nemo brings blizzard warnings to New England.  12-24″ of snow predicted for New Hampshire. Photo of Jobs Creek, Lake Sunapee.

Sunapee student art show opens May 23

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Did you know that the Sunapee school art show is an annual event? It’s held each spring, and began in 1994.

This year’s school-wide art show opens on Wednesday, May 23, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunapee Middle High School, North Road. The exhibit will be on display through Wednesday afternoon, May 30. The public is invited to attend.

Artwork by students at the Sunapee Central Elementary School, School Street, will be on display (starting in the SCES lobby), from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

At the high school, individual areas will showcase the work of senior art students; the artwork of from the rest of the students will be displayed together. The exhibit includes:

  • drawings (with pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, Conte crayon, inks and oil pastels)
  • paintings (in watercolor and acrylic)
  • three-dimensional pieces (composed of ceramics, plaster, wire and other mixed media)
  • photographs

Of special interest this year are ceramic shoes made by students in Art 1 class, which includes grades 9-12, said Gail Baade, the SMHS art teacher.

Sunapee Sighting: Do you know where this is?

Do YOU know where in Sunapee this is?

Send your answer or share information about this memorial in Sunapee with a reply or a message via Sunapee News on Facebook.


Congratulations if you identified the previous Sunapee Sighting. See below.

The millstone is in Coffin Park, between the Sunapee Town Offices on Edgemont Road and the Sugar River and along the Sunapee Riverwalk.

The plaque reads:


Photos by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

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Sunapee Sighting: Do you know where this is?

Do YOU know where in Sunapee this is?

To send your answer or share your story about this site, reply (below) or send a message via Sunapee News on Facebook.

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Answer to the earlier Sunapee Sighting:

Weathervane on the Ben Mere bandstand at Sunapee Harbor.

Sunapee Sightings: Do you know where this is?

Do YOU know where in Sunapee this is?

And if you have an interesting story or history note about the location, send it along!

Leave a comment below, use the Contact page, or send us a message on Facebook:

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee

The answer (posted on May 1, 2012): Atop the Ben Mere Bandstand at Sunapee Harbor.

Photos capture Northern Lights in New Hampshire

“A solar wind current excited the earth’s magnetic field this past Saturday night, February 18, and illuminated the Northern United States with a remarkable display of Aurora Borealis,” reported Matt Noyes of NECN. Amazing time-lapse video is available for viewing via NECN’s Sky Scenes New England Photo Sharing group on Ed Cave in Chocorua, New Hampshire, captured the images viewable at

N.H. seeks “perfect” photos of fall foliage

Do you have a favorite fall foliage photo of New Hampshire that you want to share? Tourism officials in the Granite State are holding a photo contest through October 31, 2011 and they are looking for those “perfect pictures.” Entries are already available for viewing on-line.

Winners will be chosen from each of the state’s seven tourist regions: Great North Woods, White Mountains, Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee, Lakes, Monadnock, Merrimack Valley and Seacoast.

You can read about the contest (official rules and list of prizes)  at the VisitNH website, where you can upload your images.

Go to:

Sunapee Mallard…photograph or watercolor?

Photo by Jim Block

Lake Sunapee and the shoreline have been filled with big birds recently: an uncommon common loon, a surprisingly tame broad-winged hawk, a great blue heron, a cormorant near Loon Light, and a mallard that I turned into something resembling a watercolor.

For a slide show of these birds on Lake Sunapee, visit….

Lake Sunapee: Yellowlegs and Blue Heron

By Jim Block

Sandpipers are not that common on Lake Sunapee. So it was a surprise to see a Yellowlegs when kayaking around Little and Great Islands Thursday. Less surprising was a Great Blue Heron, but this one was more relaxed than most about having humans nearby. If you venture out on the lake look for both. It is quite likely you will see the heron, it has been around a lot. It will be a real treat to see the Yellowlegs, but don’t count on it.

You can see more photos of both at…

And if you want to see a pair of cars that drove around the islands earlier this month (in the lake), click on the “blog” menu tab and scroll down a few posts.

Photo by Jim Block

Reveling in the snow…Sunapee in winter

Near Sunapee Harbor, the Sugar River filled with mallards. Photo by Jim Block.

By Jim Block

Winter in the Sunapee area is wonderful, and this year has been spectacular.

A friend from Boston comments that he is really tired of the snow, while most of us are reveling in it. There are snowshoe hikes along the SRK [Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge] Greenway, cross-country and downhill skiing available with minimal travel, and numerous other ways to laugh at the cold and play in the snow.

A driving tour around Lake Sunapee can be a rewarding excursion with or without a camera.

How many harbors and other locations are there on the lake with public access in winter? More than you might realize. I can think of ten quickly, and I am likely missing several.

  • I took some photos in Sunapee, Burkehaven, and Newbury Harbors in January and posted them HERE.
  • I also combined multiple images to create three panoramic photos that you can zoom into and explore in detail.  It is fun, especially if you have never experienced high resolution images on the web. They are located HERE.

For more info,


Remember the rope tows in downtown Sunapee?

Remember when….the rope tows operated in “downtown” Sunapee?  The photo was taken by Lou Thompson, and “it looks like Charlie Boyce bringing a young girl up the hill,” said Ron Garceau, publisher of SooNipi Magazine.

See yesterday’s Sunapee News article—Lost Ski Areas in SooNipi Country

And to share your memories of skiing downtown Sunapee or learning to ski on a rope tow or at one of New England’s lost ski areas, just leave a comment.

The photo–Ski Tow Hill looking across toward High and Elm streets–comes to us courtesy of Ron Garceau, publisher of SooNipi Magazine, which chronicles the people, businesses, recreation, lifestyles and history of the area.

Winter visitors to the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee area

Winter Visitors by Jim Block

This is the season for entertaining visitors, perhaps including some who come great distances by air. The majority who fly to visit us do not drop in unannounced and unexpected. But some of our northern neighbors seem to have a habit of doing this every few years in winter. This commonly happens when food up north is scarce. These visitors sometimes arrive in huge numbers, and sometimes come singly. Look for them this winter when you are out and about. Here is a very brief guide to their appearance and characteristics.


Perhaps the most colorful of the birds we see only during the cooler months is the Bohemian Waxwing. They are fairly easy to photograph since they tend to ignore anything else when they feed on berries of trees and shrubs…unless one spots danger and alerts the others. Then the whole flock, sometimes 50 to 100 birds, can explode as one and flee to the top of a nearby tree. They sometimes are in a mixed flock with Cedar Waxwings, but after a bit of experience it is fairly easy to identify which are Bohemians and which are Cedars. If you see a waxwing in summer in Sunapee it is almost certainly a Cedar. There have been numerous reports of large flocks of Bohemians already this winter in this area.

Common Redpoll

Another species that can arrive in large flocks is a finch, the Common Redpoll. They also are easy to see and photograph because they are attracted to backyard feeders, but do not look for them in New London in the summer.

Like the Bohemian Waxwing, this is an “irruptive species” that can be found in some years and be completely absent from the area in others. When these birds arrive in significant numbers it is said we are having an irruption—a dramatic, irregular migration of large numbers of birds to areas where they aren’t typically found.

Pine Grosbeak

Another finch that sometimes visits when the weather is cold and the nuts and seeds up north are scarce is the Pine Grosbeak. It is a beautiful bird. The males are pinkish-red and the females are yellow and gray. They are normally in small flocks, but sometimes in large numbers overrunning crabapples and other ornamentals.

Pine Grosbeak do not fear residential areas and can often be approached quite closely. The first time I remember seeing them was many years ago when I looked out my kitchen window and saw some birds that I did not recognize. I grabbed my camera, walked quite close to the group of perhaps 8 to 10, and got some photos. Later I identified them with help from a book and confirmed the ID with my slides.


And then there are the owls. They come singly and not as frequently. But when they do arrive in NH and VT they normally take up residence in one spot and stay for an extended time. There are birding list serves you can join to get alerted by email when they arrive. However, if you join a list serve, be prepared to receive many emails reporting sightings of much less common species also. These owls are special. Few of us have been fortunate to see them in the wild.

Many years ago a Snowy Owl visited my backyard briefly. And the Northern Hawk Owl is very special. The photos of these owls here were taken in different years in Vermont and during snowstorms!

More information

If you would like to see more photos of these 5 species of winter visitors, please visit And while you are at my web site, please feel free to look around. I have put many photos on this site since I created it in January. And now I’m even teaching easy website creation classes in addition to my photography classes that I announce several times a year to those on my photography email list. For more information, visit

Related Sunapee News articles:

Mink and muskrat and the changing season

Brookside Park – a spot rarely visited

Eagles fishing Lake Sunapee


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