Archive for May 8th, 2013

TULIP1.5.2013Ok, so most of you have probably had tulips in bloom for several weeks now. But as I have been saying, spring comes late here in the North Country and my first tulip bloomed for the first time yesterday and I am thrilled.

I was very happy to see this little guy in bloom, as he is a result of a lot of time spent on my knees last fall planting bulbs.

I am hoping that in the coming days a few more of his brothers and sisters will bloom so I can feel my exhaustive planting was a success.

Here’s a close-up of my first tulip bloom this season:


Meanwhile, I saw this picture of tulips in bloom in front of another iconic residence and made me wish I was there:


OLDMANHere in New Hampshire we just marked the tenth anniversary of the day the Old Man of the Mountain crumbled to the notch below. As odd as it may seem to the rest of the world, this event was a big deal here and a major blow to the psyche of the state. After all, the Old Man is the state symbol and appears on just about everything official in the state from road signs to license plates. Not to mention the many souvenirs of the state he has appeared on over the years.

However, due to the love of the Old Man and his place in local history, he lives on in many ways, including books like the great 101 Glimpses of the Old Man of the Mountain by Bruce D. Heald with David C. Nielsen. This book brings together the legend and lore of the Old Man with scores of pictures of the historic site.

About 101 Glimpses of the Old Man of the Mountain by Bruce D. Heald with David C. Nielsen: “The Old Man of the Mountain once cast a steady gaze upon the slopes of Franconia Notch. Its profile drew writers, explorers and presidents, delighting all who glimpsed its features. But when it collapsed on May 3, 2003, the Old Man seemed forever lost. Veteran historian Bruce Heald and the last caretaker of the Old Man, David Nielsen, have gathered 101 images from the profile’s long history. With Nielsen’s personal reflections on his life’s work and Heald’s notes on the history of the Old Man, this volume recaptures the wonder of New Hampshire’s great stone face. With a foreword by (former) Governor John Lynch.”

I love books about local history. Although New Hampshire is a small and mostly rural state, our natural beauty has long been a draw for people from all over the world, which makes a lot of interesting things to read about. Having grown up making regular visits up to see the Old Man of the Mountain, I feel in a way like he is a lost relative. Which makes 101 Glimpses of the Old Man of the Mountain not just local history, but family history.

101 Glimpses of the Old Man of the Mountain by Bruce D. Heald with David C. Nielsen is available from Amazon and other fine retailers.