SLIDE SHOW: The Spirit of Maple Sugaring by Featured Photographer Jeffrey Newcomer

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Harold Bigelow inside the sugar house at Stonewall Farm.

Harold Bigelow inside the sugar house at Stonewall Farm.

Grades of maple syrup are held up to the light.

Grades of maple syrup are held up to the light.

Children watch the sugaring process from a safe distance.

Children watch the sugaring process from a safe distance.

Welcome to Stonewall Farm.

Welcome to Stonewall Farm.

The Firebox in the sugar house at Stonewall Farm.

The Firebox in the sugar house at Stonewall Farm.

Step back in time to experience the traditional method of collecting sap to make maple sugar.

Step back in time to experience the traditional method of collecting sap to make maple sugar.

View from the sugar house at Stonewall Farm

View from the sugar house at Stonewall Farm

Sampling the syrup at Stonewall Farm

Sampling the syrup at Stonewall Farm

Buckets are hung to collect sap from the maple trees.

Buckets are hung to collect sap from the maple trees.

Sap buckets await emptying.

Sap buckets await emptying.

Horses wait outside of the sugar house at Stonewall Farm.

Horses wait outside of the sugar house at Stonewall Farm.

The collected sap is unloaded outside the sugar house.

The collected sap is unloaded outside the sugar house.

Harold Bigelow checks the brew.

Harold Bigelow checks the brew.

Foam is skimmed off the top of the boiling brew.

Foam is skimmed off the top of the boiling brew.

Sap collection begins at Stonewall Farm.

Sap collection begins at Stonewall Farm.

All photos/art by Jeffrey Newcomer

In this slide show, photographer Jeffrey Newcomer captures the charm of the annual Sap Gathering Contest at Stonewall Farm in Keene, New Hampshire: an event that embraces the traditional method of collecting sap to make maple sugar.

No stranger to documenting life in New England, Jeff has served as a member, webmaster, and photographer for the Conservation Commission in his rural community of Chesterfield New Hampshire for over 30 years. He has used his photography to support the commission’s effort to preserve the town’s open and wild spaces. He enjoys wandering throughout all of New England, but in recent years has focused his photography on the Monadnock region of New Hampshire and southern Vermont, as well as the New England coast. His work can be seen at a number of galleries in the region, in publications and on his web site at: www.partridgebrookreflections. He also regularly blogs about photography in New England at: http://jeffnewcomerphotography.blogspot.com

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  • “I left home at ten and got back before twelve with two and three quarters pints of sap, in addition to the one and three quarters I found collected…Had a dispute with Father about the use of my making this sugar when I knew it could be done and might have bought sugar cheaper at Holden’s. He said it took me from my studies. I said I made it my study; I felt as if I had been to a university.” Henry David Thoreau, Journal, March 21,1856

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