Craters of the moon on Thayer Brook

Craters of the moon on Thayer Brook

Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail south of Kent, Connecticut.

We took a quick hike south on the AT in shallow snow/ice. Used micro spikes. Great day for it yesterday (today it’s been pouring freezing rain all day).

There was great ice on Thayer Brook and had I been on my own I’d have stayed for hours but Nora’s hands were getting cold and given that I suffer with Raynaud’s syndrome I know what that’s like so we got moving again.

It’s been cold for long enough so that bubbles that form at the bottom of small waterfalls are not only frozen, but popped after freezing which makes them look like small craters. I love these formations although given the heavy rain falling now I’ll have to wait for another week or cold and clear weather to find this kind of ice again.


  1. Beautiful patterns. I had not heard of Raynaud’s s. before. I looked it up and it made me wonder if it is a common condition up here. Always enjoy your photos, Richard!

    1. Thanks Dave. I can’t say how common it is in certain regions. The way it works as far as I know is, when the extremities get cold the body protects the core by shutting down circulation to them. The problem with Raynaud’s is that this happens too early and so, the extremities lose circulation and so, get colder. I only have it in my hands and fingers, not feet and being a photographer is problematic if I have to take gloves off.

      I wear glove liners (thin gloves) that allow me to work a camera in extreme cold without exposing bare skin to the air. I wear mittens over them when I’m not shooting. As long as I don’t keep the mittens off for too long I’m fine. However, once Raynaud starts, it’s very tough to stop it quickly, it’s like it has to run its course and the pain can be excruciating. I’ve come close to throwing up and passing out from it.

      But, over the years I’ve learned to stop it from starting by not keeping the mittens off for too long, and by continuing to move.

      Getting older is less than wonderful at times.

    1. Thank you Jonne. It’s a lot of fun to find a patch of ice to shoot and explore it looking for interesting patterns. My guess you’ve got some great stuff where you are too as does Helena in Norway.

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