It is a strange season here in the mountains of New Hampshire. Most years this is what is called “mud season” – the time when the snow is melting and everything turns to mud. This year with the early snowmelt and unusually dry weather, there isn’t a lot of mud around. In fact, local authorities are extremely concerned about the risk of brush fires.

Meanwhile, as we check at Lake Chocorua (at the foot of the glorious Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, NH, we can see stormy skies to the north where snow squalls continued to ensure Mount Washington is covered in snow. The lake is relatively calm, unlike the whitecaps we saw on our last visit. The mountain is dark and gloomy looking today – waiting for the splashes of green that are sure to come in a few weeks.

I say it all the time, but once again, I am amazed by the ever-changing look of this great scene.