New England is a four-season paradise, from spring's first apple blossoms to summer's beachside sunsets to autumn's golden glow to winter's icicled trees and wintry slopes. If you can't get away to New England as often as you'd like, scenic calendars can transport you throughout the year to some of New England's best-loved spots. Here are my picks for the best New England calendars for 2013.
Photographer William Johnson and I have collaborated on three books, New England's Historic Homes & Gardens, Backroads of New England and The New England Coast, but even before we worked together, I was always fond of his annual "New England Seasons" calendars. The 2013 edition continues Bill's fine tradition of capturing New England's extraordinary beauty in winter, spring, summer and fall and has the added bonus of two splendid New England images each month.
If you live in New England or visit frequently, this is the calendar for you. In addition to a variety of striking New England scenes, this calendar features destination profiles, extra travel resources and a number of regional events each month. The featured photos brilliantly capture the seasonal variations and classic scenes New Englanders cherish: lobster shacks, covered bridges, harbor sunsets and more.
The father-daughter team of Dick Dietrich and Diane Dietrich Leis captures some of New England's most enchanting scenes in amazingly vivid color. The most luminous of this year's 2013 calendars proves that New England is simply stunning, whether its river banks are blanketed in crisp white snow, its beaches are bathed in summer light, its summer skies sparkle with fireworks or its trees are bedazzled with autumn hues.
This calendar focuses on structures in the New England landscape. If you've been to some of the places captured by a team of talented photographers, such as Blithewold Mansion in Rhode Island, this calendar might make a nice souvenir. And if you haven't, these classic and moving shots will inspire you to dream. I especially like the images of a Block Island barn and orange daylilies in bloom around the conference center on New Hampshire's Star Island.
You'll be able to imagine the New England discovered by the first European settlers with this collection of wild and scenic New England calendar images by several talented landscape photographers. As densely populated as New England is, this calendar is a wonderful reminder of all that remains unspoiled within this lovely, six-state region. This year's cover image of the summit of Maine's Cadillac Mountain is particularly striking.
It's flower season year-round according to this petite, spiral-bound 2013 calendar, which features bold images by Joanne Pearson of New England's public and private gardens in bloom. Priced at just $11.95, it's that perfect little something for your favorite gardener, a hostess or anyone who would appreciate a perpetual breath of spring. Printed on coated stock, the images gleam off the page: My favorite is October's scene of spring bulbs erupting in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
This calendar features classic images of New England. It's on the small side, which makes it perfect for cubicles or small spaces, and with a price of just $7.99, it's the perfect little extra gift for someone who loves New England. Although this calendar is compact, the print quality is superb and does terrific justice to the New England scenes featured.