Archive for September 1st, 2012

alpacBack in the day, one of the neighbors here at my parents’ New Hampshire home, raised alpacas.  You know, the llama-like animals that are coveted for their fur fibers.  I remember some fun times taking a walk across the river that divided the properties to look at these amazing animals.

The woman who raised the alpacas has long since moved away, but every time I am near her old home I think about her and her furry charges.

I thought about the alpacas all over again recently when I came across Mt. Caesar Alpacas from the other side of New Hampshire near Keene.  The folks at Mt. Caesar Alpacas raise alpacas for their fibers and makes some nice products like sweaters and socks.

About Mt. Caesar Alpacas“Bred for the finest fiber and conformation, our alpacas are lovingly raised and offer gentle temperaments. All of our alpacas are from the country’s top championship bloodlines.”

The folks at Mt. Caesar Alpacas not only have a large line of products made from the alpaca fibers, you can also buy the raw fiber and yarn, and if you really want to, they will sell you one of the animals.

See more about Mt. Caesar Alpacas here.

[Curator’s note: with apologies – this post was originally intended for publication back in March.  However, I neglected to hit the right button so it ended up in a suspended state until I found it this morning – sorry about that.  The alpaca deserve better.  Cheers!] the past year or so you have been treated to a series of pictures I have taken of Mount Chocorua in the Sandwich Range in eastern central New Hampshire. I love the mountain and the view of it across the lake at its base that shares its name.

It has been said that Chocorua is the most photographed mountain in the world, which sounds a little hard to verify but certainly easy to believe as it is a stunning site and easily accessible. When you drive north on NH Route 16 through Tamworth, NH on the way to North Conway and Mount Washington, you can’t help but see the stunning mountain and if you are not in a hurry you are compelled to stop, marvel and snap a shot or two.

I stop by to take a picture just about every time I drive by the area, which is about once a week or so, and have cataloged the various images here. However, I am not alone in this endeavor, as Mount Chocorua has been drawing artists and photographers to it for centuries.

I have talked about noted American landscape artist Thomas Cole’s take on the mountain in the past and there are many others. Just recently I became acquainted with the various works of poet and artist E.E. Cummings (1894-1962), who painted and drew Mount Chocorua many times over his life.

E.E. Cummings, who may be better known as a poet than a painter, apparently had a home in the area and was drawn to Chocorua like the rest of us. I love his take on the scene and how he captured the ever changing variety of looks, colors and light that has intrigued me over the years.

E.E. Cummings has been quoted as having said that he should have “lived in China where a poet is also a painter.”

Find a well-curated collection of E.E. Cummings interpretations of Mount Chocorua here.

See a gallery of the Paintings of E.E. Cummings here.