Long Exposure at Wellington State Park

Goodbye and Thank You From Wellington State Park

Long Exposure at Wellington State Park

“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” -Elbert Hubbard

It’s sunset at Wellington State Park, and I couldn’t imagine a more peaceful venue to reflect upon the last few months, my summer of blogging about New Hampshire’s wildest places. It’s been an incredible journey and I will be forever thankful to have had the opportunity to share it with the world. Here I am, 11 parks, 98 photographs, and 7629 words later. But I also know that the end of things can be the beginning of things, too, and I’m excited about the new skills I’ve learned and the new friends I’ve made.

There was just enough light to experiment with long exposure photography. I was fascinated by the lake, which appeared to nearly glow in the twilight from the screen of my camera. The photograph above is my impression of a ghost! And since it was such a great moment, we took the opportunity for an impromptu interview. In the video below I recount my favorite moments from the summer (and most challenging, too!), and thank some of the people that helped make all this possible.

So thank you everyone and all. Go out and explore New Hampshire’s beautiful parks. Maybe I’ll see you there!


Jackie Raiford, New Hampshire State Parks Intern

I'm a graduate student working towards my Masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. My research interests include the conservation of urban green spaces for the physical and psychological health of communities. I lived for the first 24 years of my life in Rockville, Maryland just north of Washington D.C. I have traveled a little both domestically and abroad, and lived for six months in Australia. I also work as a dance and fitness instructor, and am certified by the American Council on Exercise.

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