While I was taking this picture of Lake and Mount Chocorua (from Tamworth, NH) the other day, another visitor to the spot remarked “this is quintessential New Hampshire, the lake, the mountain, even a couple of loons splashing around.”

Quintessential it is, and I love it. I watched those loons for quite some time and was amazed at how long they can stay underwater and how fast they can swim.

Meanwhile, the green of spring continues to make its way up to the summit. Soon, the foliage will be full and we will know that summer is here at last.