Colebrook

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There had been a lot of rain the week before I visited Colebrook. As a matter of fact, it was raining lightly the first day I was there, for most people, this would be a great day to stay in and catch up on their reading. For me, it was a great day to be out with my camera. I had Beaver Brook Falls all to myself and the cloudy skies made all of the colors seem more vibrant…

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Even with the overcast, you could see for miles…

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There are a lot of old farms in Colebrook with weathered barns, I had to turn around when I saw this one…

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Tree farming is a major industry in the area. I spent a good part of one day at a Weir Tree Farm.  I never knew how labor intensive Christmas tree farming is! Weir Tree Farm, starts their trees from the seeds that they collect from their own stock. With acres and acres of trees, there is always something that needs pruning, transplanting or picking, …

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Mature trees in the "cut you own" area

Mature trees in the “cut you own” area

New growth

New growth

Every pinecone must be picked off the tree. If not, the tree will expend its energy in producing pinecones instead of growing new branches

Every pinecone must be picked off the tree. If not, the tree will expend its energy in producing pinecones instead of growing new branches

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Picking the cones is time consuming and done by hand.

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To be honest, I had never really given any thought to how the trees are grown, cut and transported. All I ever cared about was picking out my tree at Christmas. Now I know that taking care of them is an all year job!

As I was leaving the farm, I passed a pasture with some calves in it. One in particular caught my attention because it was on the wrong side of the fence…

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The farmer was quite happy when I knocked on their door to let the know about the escape artist. As I drove down the wonderfully scenic roads in Colebrook, I stopped often to capture the beauty…

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There is plenty to see in Colebrook. I hope you’ll take the time to go and see for yourself!

To learn more about Colebrook, visit the town’s website of the state’s website.

Thank you for sharing my tour of New Hampshire!

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4 Comments on “Colebrook”

  1. New Hampshire Garden Solutions July 29, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    I’ve done just about everything you can do with “Christmas trees” and they are a lot of work! People who grumble over the cost of a tree don’t realize that the farmer often has 10-15 years invested in that tree. The falls are beatiful, but I can’t believe there are still lilacs blooming up there!

    • Touring NH July 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      The lilac picture was taken earlier this year. Like most people, I never gave Christmas tree farming a second thought. Next time I buy a tree I’ll make sure I’m supporting a local farmer!

  2. marthaschaefer July 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Laura, Beautiful shots! I had no idea Christmas trees were so much work. Picking all those pine cones sounds tedious. Thanks for the tour, loved it!

    • Touring NH July 30, 2013 at 1:24 am #

      Especially when you think of how many trees they grow!! Thanks for coming along!!

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