Also, is the shot of Kettle pond strictly a morning shot?
The view of Kettle Pond is due south so this can be a good morning or evening shot. The problem here is that there is a gate at the entrance and it opens late and closes early. I went there for an early morning shot and found the gate closed and locked. I think the sign said it would open at 8:00. I went on to other things and came back about 8:30 and it was still closed.
For an early morning shot, consider Ricker Pond. It is just off Hwy 232 along the way from Groton towards Owl's Head. I've been there for early morning fog. There is a little dam at the south end of the pond and a nice stream flowing from there. If there is fog on the pond, there will be steam rising from the stream. Temperatures in the upper 20s or low 30s should guarantee fog on the pond and steam rising from the stream. I froze my fingers making this photo, but it turned out pretty well.
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Here are a couple Kettle Pond shots from up on Owl's Head. They were taken in mid-late afternoon on a sunny day:
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and 2 of Ricker Pond:
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If it sounds too good to be true, its probably . . . .
The access road is about .85 miles long and climbs about 350' in elevation. The hike is short (approx 1/4 mile) and covers about 135 vertical feet. If you are able to climb stairs, you should be okay.
If you plan to go here at sunset, there is a sign at the gate at the bottom of the road the that says "Gate closes at Sunset". However, they don't close it immediately at sunset. You have about a half hour after the sun goes down. They really close it at "dark". After the sun sets take in the last few rays and snap the last set of pictures and then head back to the car. You may want to bring a flashlight or head lamp since it does get dark in the woods a lot faster than at the open observation point.
Here are a few pictures from the sunset at Owl's Head this past Sunday.
Owls Head Sunset by Tim_NEK, on Flickr
Owls Head Sunset Reflection by Tim_NEK, on Flickr
Camels Hump at Sunset by Tim_NEK, on Flickr
I'm not sure what time they open the gate in the morning. however, if there is fog in the valleys, the view from the top of Owls head may be outstanding.
Here is the morning view from Big Deer Mtn (sister peak 1.5 NE of Owls Head). Big Deer is a 2+ mile hike from any access point and the view looks more South and East than West like Owls Head.
Moosilauke Foggy Sunrise by Tim_NEK, on Flickr
Fog and Shadows by Tim_NEK, on Flickr
This warm dry weather really lent itself to productive picture taking this weekend