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My search for fall colors took me to Bristol this week. It isn’t peak yet but it was pretty anyhow. The combination of the mountains and Newfound Lake make for some lovely landscapes…

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Before the kayakers took to the water, they left their kayaks on the beach while they unloaded the rest of their gear…

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Sometimes, I get really lucky and find something totally unexpected. I usually do a fair amount of research about a town before I head out but I didn’t before I went to Bristol. That is what makes finding this all the better…

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Had I done some research, surely I would have known about Profile Falls! As I was making my way along the rocks to find the best place to set up my camera, I almost stepped on this guy…

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As I drove through the center of town, I stopped to admire some of the buildings and the Newfound River before it plunges over Profile Falls…

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While the foliage isn’t peak, I did find plenty of color…

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I headed to Wellington State Park for what I thought was going to be my last stop for the day. It was fairly warm (for late September), but I didn’t expect to see people on the beach…

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The park has a really nice boat ramp and there were several trailers in the parking area. Further proof of how nice a day it was…

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The view is pretty nice there as well…

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The ranger’s shelter houses some neat carvings…

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But the one I really liked was up in a nearby tree…

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Before I left Wellington State Park, I packed up all my gear, ready to head home. I thought I had seen most of what Bristol had to offer. It was getting late and I still had a 2 hour drive home. As I came around a bend in the road, I had another surprise. Two fox kits were romping about in a field, searching for their dinner. They didn’t seem to mind me stopping on the side of the road so close to them. I spent at least a half hour photographing and watching them. They seemed to be having quite a time and finding plenty of field mice to dine on. One stopped for a moment and seemed to pose, just for me…

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Then, it really was time to head home!

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11 Comments on “Bristol”

  1. Betty Pauwels September 29, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I live near Bristol and love seeing what you discovered. I really enjoy you town tours!!!

    • Touring NH September 29, 2014 at 10:39 am #

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      Thank you! I’m having a great time learning more about the state I call home.

  2. marthaschaefer September 29, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Never been to Bristol but now it is on my list. I love the woodpecker carving and your shots of the falls. What really neat town!!

    • Touring NH September 29, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

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      I loved Bristol! I’d been there before, but now I see things a lot differently when I’m “off the beaten path”.

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions September 29, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    I like that waterfall and how great to see a fox so close. I wonder where the mother was.
    If you want fall color just come to Keene. It’s happening real fast here for some reason.

    • Touring NH September 30, 2014 at 12:04 am #

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      I didn’t see the mother, but I did watch the kits for almost 1/2 an hour. Since it has been so dry this summer, I can only imagine what that waterfall must look like in the spring or after a really good rain. I’m headed out of town for several days, but I will try to get to Keene next weekend, thanks for the heads up!

  4. mariekeates October 3, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    Beautiful, especially the foxes and the woodpecker. Very different from Bristol in the UK though. I visited earlier in the year http://www.fatgirlslimblog.co.uk/?p=23304

    • Touring NH October 3, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      Yes, our Bristol is about 500 hundred years younger and I didn’t see any castles.

  5. gallivance.net October 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    How wonderful that you discovered Profile Falls, Laura. Beautiful! And the fox kits were definitely the icing on the cake. 🙂 ~Terri

    • Touring NH October 4, 2014 at 8:35 am #

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      Yes, Bristol was full of surprises for me. We’ve had a long dry spell, so I can only imagine what the falls would like like in the spring. I really enjoyed watching the kits!

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