Art, Nature, and Photography at Wadleigh State Park

Meet Sasha Wolfe, a New Hampshire artist who specializes in photography and charcoal drawings. This weekend, my friends Molly, Caroline, and I went to Wadleigh State Park in central New Hampshire to talk creativity, art, and nature with Sasha.

Sasha has been a life long nature and art lover. As a child, she loved playing in the fields and the woods. One of her earliest memories is of drawing and decorating paper dolls. Today, she combines her two passions by capturing nature through art. As a member of the Hillsborough Artisans and NH Made, Sasha is keeping a tradition of creativity and culture alive in New Hampshire.

“Everyone is an artist. It’s in finding what inspires you and allowing those passions to flow in a positive way,” says Sasha. For her, artwork is a means of expressing herself and exploring the world around her.

Almost all of Sasha’s work is based in nature. She never leaves home without a camera; who knows when something beautiful will pop up? Living near several protected areas like Rollins State Park and Winslow State Park gives Sasha plenty to work with.

On our trip, Sasha took us to Wadleigh State Park. During the summer time, swimming is popular on pristine Kezar Lake. In the winter, the park offers a quiet retreat for a snowy walk.

One of Sasha’s photography tips is to truly stop and look at your surroundings. What do you see? Sure, NH State Park scenery is obviously beautiful, but there’s always more than what meets the eye.

Try examining things up close and personal. Look for patterns, colors, and irregularities. 

When you start looking for these things, your entire outlook of a day in a State Park changes. I found myself stuck in a 5 foot wide area, enthralled by the patterns in the ice.

One of my favorite things to experiment with while taking pictures is light. How does an excess or absence of light change a photo?

Thank you to Sasha for a fun and educational day! Check out her website to learn more about Sasha and her art.

What’s your favorite picture that you’ve taken in a NH State Park?


Theresa Conn, New Hampshire State Parks Winter Intern

Hi all! My name is Theresa Conn, and I’m a sophomore Environmental Conservation Studies major at the University of New Hampshire. Growing up in suburban Massachusetts, my family always ventured north to Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains to hike and relax. When it came time to look at colleges, UNH was an easy choice; between its great location, variety of majors, and college-town feel, I was instantly hooked. In the Environmental Conservation program here, I’ve been learning about New Hampshire’s diminishing natural resources. The more time I spend in nature, the more I realize how important it is to conserve the natural spaces we have left. Keeping parts of New Hampshire wild is critical for the health of the planet and ourselves. What I’m interested in exploring while writing this blog are the people and stories behind the parks. Be it talking to hikers on the trails, going out with animal trackers to learn about wildlife, or meeting with the stewards who protect our lands, I want to know who’s out there and why. People are the force that drives land protection, and I hope that I can share their stories using film, photography, and journalism. Grand intentions aside, I can’t wait to find new ways to enjoy the long winter months. Staying pent up inside is boring, and I’m excited to find ways to get outside like dog sledding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. I’m ready to explore all that New Hampshire State Parks have to offer, and look forward to sharing my adventures with you!

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