Set 2  of Maple Sugaring  Photographs
Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

By the second week of April almost all our snow was gone
Then in the third week we had several nights of new snow
So now we once again are living in white White Mountains

There are scores of robins shivering in the cold snow
We get a lot of robins this time of year, but they're only passing through
I think they don't stay because we have ten crows per acre
Crows eat both robin eggs and robin babies

There's a bit of color low to the ground
The crocuses are in bloom this time of year
Crocuses and robins are the first signs we have that spring is on the way


We live in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire which got its name for the tapping of maple trees to get
maple syrup, maple sugar, maple flavorings, and sweet maple paste.
We have upwards of 50 maple trees, but Erika and I really only have seven that are the very large and very old maple trees

This week my good friend Wes Lavin sent me some of his favorite maple sugaring photographs
Wes insists he's not a professional photographer, but he's invested enough in equipment to be a professional
And he tends to go where the best photographs can be taken in particular New England seasons

The remaining photographs below were all sent to me by Wes Lavin
I met Wes for the first time when he was on our front road photographing our wild roses

Below is what Wes calls his favorite maple sugaring shacks
This is a shack were every 50+ gallons of sap is boiled down to roughly one gallon of syrup

Vermont is the biggest US producer, with over 1,320,000 US gallons (5,000,000 L) during the 2013 season, followed by New York with 574,000 US
gallons (2,170,000 L) and Maine with 450,000 US gallons (1,700,000 L). Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts,
and Connecticut all produced marketable quantities of maple syrup of less than 265,000 US gallons (1,000,000 L) each in 2013.[47]
As of 2003, Vermont produced about 5.5 percent of the global syrup supply.

The old fashioned way of collecting maple tree sap is to tap each tree and collect it in buckets
In modern times serious sugaring uses hoses in place of the buckets


I mentioned that I first met Wes when he was photographing our wild roses in late June
He also asked to photograph our cottage


Of course Wes has some great lupine photographs

This is the Iris farm about two miles down the road


And the foliage pictures taken by Wes Lavin are terrific



Go to Set 1 of Bob Jensen's Maple Sugaring Photographs


YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup ---

From the Scout Report on April 5, 2013

Amidst a bucolic New England backdrop, the maple syrup industry is
going high-tech
High-Tech Means of Production Belies the Nostalgic Image of Maple Syrup

Birch syrup explored as add-on to maple industry

Maple-syrup making way of life for Salem family

Produces hope for successful maple syrup season

Maple Research Website

Maple Syrup


More Pictures of Our Trees

My Maple Tree and Maple Sugaring Favorite Photographs  

Set 1 of my Birch Tree Photographs

Set 1 of my Timber Harvesting (Logging) Photographs



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On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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Our address is 190 Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
Our cottage was known as the Brayton Cottage in the early 1900s
Sunset Hill is a ridge overlooking with New Hampshire's White Mountains to the East
and Vermont's Green Mountains to the West


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