Hiking

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Mattatuck Trail, Warren, Connecticut.

This ice is on a small stream feeding into the Shepaug River. The stream doesn’t have a steep grade and this is part of what makes interesting ice formations (slow moving water).

I took too many images during the hour I spent here and many weren’t in focus although with ice it’s tough to sort that out. This collection is a cross section of the different types of crystallization I found that day.

Me looking at ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Me looking at ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Mattatuck Trail, Warren, Connecticut.

I usually shoot both RAW and JPEG with my Ricoh GR II and the JPEGs are this high contrast black and white with grain. For the most part I use the JPEGs in Lightroom as a guide for my RAW processing.

This day I somehow had my camera set to make a single file, the high contrast JPEG file. So, these are straight out of the camera and a bit more contrasty and grainy than my usual. I like the images and decided to post them anyway. I have a few hundreds more I did a week later but have yet to process them all yet.

These were shot in a small streamlet that we crossed over with snowshoes. It was a fun day and this is a great new trail for us, very close to our house.

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Ice on the Mattatuck Trail

Stream ice

Warren, Connecticut.

We’ve been hiking a new trail near our house called the Mattatuck trail. Just north of the Shepaug Reservoir a small stream runs into the Shepaug River and its low angle and slow enough that in our recent cold snap it developed a lot of great ice formations.

I shot over 100 still images on this small stream but also decided to experiment with video on my iPhone. I’m new at this and so, my panning skills aren’t great but these short videos will give you a taste of what it’s like on this small stream.

I’m pretty sure the bird in the background is a crow that was annoyed at our presence.

I spent an hour rock hopping up about 50 yards on this stream, taking pictures and making these crude videos. It was great.

Consider zooming them out; there should be enough resolution for most screens.

Macricostas field

Storm coming

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

An old friend who hasn’t been on snowshoes in many years and I took a lap around this big field. What looked like a fast approaching storm ended up being nothing. Great to be out though and snowshoeing is a lot of fun.

This image is looking west, the next one is looking back this way from the other side of the field.

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Next time we’ll go up the hill at the back of this image. My wife and I broke the trail up and over it a few days ago. The back-left of the hill is called “Waramaug Rock” and it looks out over Lake Waramaug which is about 3/4 mile to the left edge of this image.

This image is looking east, the previous one is looking back this way from the other side of the field.

Fields along the Appalachian Trail

Desiccated Queen Anne's lace

Desiccated Queen Anne’s lace

Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut.

We took a hike south on the Appalachian Trail and it runs across a series of fields which in spring were loaded with Queen Anne’s lace (a weed). Those plants remain standing as dried out skeletons.

Field "potatoes"

Field “potatoes”

The fields we walked across next to the Appalachian Trail were farmed for many years. When farmers plow fields, they collect the rocks that come up and toss them onto walls that separate fields. This is one of those walls and these rocks came out of the field behind the rock pile. This is less a wall, more a rock pile that is well over 100 years old.

Field "potatoes"

Field “potatoes”

Cedar bark

Cedar bark

Steep Rock Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

We took a short walk along the Shepaug River, attempting to avoid ice and finally gave up and called it quits. Without spikes on hiking boots it’s nearly impossible to walk on the trails around here right now.

There’s a large cedar tree in the parking area and its bark is amazing so I took a few shots near the ground. This tree is at least 100 years old, maybe older.

Cedar bark