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The maple sugaring season in New Hampshire usually lasts about six weeks from mid-February to mid-April, depending on the location. When nighttime temperatures are below freezing and daytime wind chill temperatures rise to 35 F or more, the sap begins to run.

It will not run every day if weather conditions are not right. Ideal conditions for good sap runs occur on sunny days with little wind and temperatures in the 40s after a night of temperatures in the 20s. Maple syrup is produced when the sap of the maple tree is boiled down to the density of syrup. Nothing is added, and only water is removed. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap from a sugar maple to make one gallon of maple syrup.

Taken 2/29/12 in Washington, New Hampshire USA. Nikon D300, 18-200 Sigma Lens, 200 ISO, handheld, f/5, Photomatix and finished in Picnik (1 raw image).

(“For the trees to give their water in abundance, there should be at the base of the trunk a certain amount of snow, which keeps the water fresh. It should freeze during the night and the day should be clear, without wind and without clouds; because then the sun has more strength, which dilates the pores of the trees, and which the wind closes – so much so that it stops running.” Joseph Francois Lafitau, Mceurs des sauvages Ameriquains, 1724)

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    superbly captured.

  • Thank you, Julie!!! :)

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsalmost 3 years ago

    Great scene, my neighbors are tapping my maples as well..already 23 gallons!

  • Zi-O
    Zi-Oalmost 3 years ago

    What a clear vision—I really like this. You’ve freeze framed ordinary creating extraordinary.

  • john forrant
    john forrantalmost 3 years ago

    For I second thought this was the Ipswich sanctuary. Well done

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 3 years ago

    fine image great work

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosalmost 3 years ago

    Yep..Tis the season..Bit early but…Nicely captured The sugar shacks will be up in running in no time

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