While political New Hampshire gears up in preparation for election day following its famous primaries, natural New Hampshire winds down in preparation for the winter months with its famous primaries. Fall colors are best known from the state's plentiful hardwood forests, but brilliant color displays (and occasionally snowy white) can be seen in a variety of other natural communities as well (hold mouse over images for captions).

Fall colors in a black gum - red maple basin swamp (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Peat moss in a southeastern NH basin swamp (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Quercus ilicifolia (scrub oak) leaves in a pitch pine - scrub oak woodland near Ossipee Lake (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Sorbus decora (showy mountain ash) in the subalpine rocky bald system on South Baldface Mtn. (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Exemplary poor level fen/bog system at Dead Pond in Pawtuckaway State Park (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Bright orange vest clad NHB ecologist measures water pH in a wetland (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Red maple leaves in October (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)  Sarracenia purpurea (pitcherplant) at Philbrick-Cricenti Bog (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Looking across Crawford Notch from Mt. Webster, on October 30th! Surprise! (photo by Pete Bowman for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

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