Bear Mountain

Fern carpet

Fern carpet

Paradise Lane, Bear Mountain, Salisbury, Connecticut.

I haven’t done the hike from Salisbury to Bear Mountain for a number of years. It was nice to find this familiar fern grove as I’m sure I’ve shot it before.

Perfect day for a hike and for photography as well (overcast). But, I’m out of the habit of doing a lot of picture taking so I only took four images, two of which were terribly out of focus.

Reflection on Paradise Lane

Reflection on Paradise Lane

Paradise Lane Trail, Bear Mountain, Connecticut. I always stop at this little pool as we hike along Paradise Lane on the east side of Bear Mountain. Over many years it’s produced some amazing images, given how ordinary it seems.

Today it had a few pre-fall leaves floating on the surface, some sun-hot spots, and the reflected trees behind it and it looked spectacular. Lots of great detail that I thought might show up later.

Storm over Mt. Race

Storm over Mt. Race

Appalachian Trail, between Sheffield and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. This storm had just passed (and soaked) us as we were hiking south on the AT toward Sheffield. The sun came out over us and we came to a viewpoint where we could look across the valley at (right to left, north to south) Mt. Everett, Mt. Race, and Bear Mountain in Connecticut. If we hung out a bit longer I’d have maybe caught some lightning but in fact, another cell came over us and we got soaked again. Had to put the cameras away and put rain cover on pack.

None of my weather apps (including Dark Sky) peeped at me, all of them said it was clear. So much for technology.

I was glad to get some nice images of this amazing storm as it traveled down the valley.

Note: here’s an image of the same ridge in good weather with labels on the various mountains from 2010 when I last did this section of the Appalachian Trail. Appalachian Trail, southern Massachusetts.

Mountain Laurel on Paradise Lane

Mountain laurel on Paradise Lane

Paradise Lane Trail, Bear Mountain, Connecticut. Gary and I hiked from Undermountain Trail in Connecticut to the Race Brook Falls Trail in Massachusetts along the Appalachian Trail a few weeks ago (I’m behind in my photo editing).

This was not a good year for mountain laurel and these blooms along Paradise Lane were the best ones we saw on this hike. I liked the way the Ricoh GR made them look in high contrast but these are the GR’s RAWs processed in Lightroom. I liked the extra detail the RAW files gave me.

The color images are done with the Sony RX100 III and show the wonderful colors of this state plant of Connecticut.

Mountain laurel on Paradise Lane

Mountain laurel on Paradise Lane

Mountain laurel on Paradise Lane

Reflection on Undermountain Trail

Reflection on Undermountain Trail

Bear Mountain, Salisbury, Connecticut. I hadn’t hiked up Bear Mountain for close to a year so decided to give it a go today. Up Undermountain Trail, north on Paradise Lane, up the north side of Bear on the Appalachian Trail and over the top on same down the south side to Riga Junction and undermountain again back to the truck.

I must say, it remains a nice hike even though it’s very popular and a bit too crowded for my taste.

I spotted this nice little pool nestled among boulders coming down and decided to see if I remembered how to take a picture.

Bonnie in Sage’s Ravine

Bonnie in Sage's Ravine

Southwest corner of Massachusetts. Here my younger stepdaughter Bonnie is on a ledge overlooking the creek in Sage’s Ravine on the Appalachian Trail. Spectacular spot, we loved it.

Gary, Nora, Bonnie and I hiked over Bear Mountain, down into Sage’s Ravine, and up over Mt. Race and down the Race Brook Falls trail today. This is a serious 12 mile hike in great conditions but today was hot and humid going up Bear and by the time we got up to Mt. Race a big thunder cell was moving in. Just after we got over Mt. Race it started raining, hailing, with big lightning and thunder. We made it back safely but drenched.

This was Bonnie’s third hike and first big one and she did great, even with the bad weather. We remained safe and upbeat the entire day, including while being pelted with hail.

Now, showered, beered up and fed, the entire day seems rather dreamy.

Bubbles on Paradise Lane

Bubbles on Paradise Lane

Salisbury, Connecticut. Gary and I hiked up to Bear Mountain yesterday and while it was hot and humid there was still plenty of water running in streams including this small one on Paradise Lane.

I noticed some nice bubbled patterns as we cross the stream on slimy rocks and so, took my pack off and pulled out the GR to see if I could capture a few shots. The sun was in an odd place and there were hot spots everywhere and I worked hard to try to avoid them. Silly me, I love the hot spots in these images. Live and learn.

Bubbles on Paradise Lane

Mt. Race panorama

Mt. Race panorama

Standing on the very summit of Mt. Race in Massachusetts I decided to try the panorama feature of my iPhone.

To the north we have Dave and Cathy with Mt. Everett behind them and panning east then panning south we have Gary and Bonnie (my younger stepdaughter) with Bear Mountain behind them. The pan was a full 180 degrees.

The image isn’t great but this is a lot of fun and the iPhone makes it quite easy. More experimentation is in order.

Ice on Bear Mountain

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Mt. Everett and Mt. Race from Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain, Salisbury, Connecticut. Dave and I hiked up Bear Mountain and this is the view north into Massachusetts to Mt. Race and Mt. Everett. The Appalachian Trail runs from the left edge of this image over the tops of those two mountains to the left side of this image (we’ve hiked that section dozens of times).

We could see the ice on the trees from the road on the drive up so we wanted to do this hike to get some shots of the ice which can be pretty fantastic.

Turned out it was a great day to be out, not too cold and while the snow was deep and drifted in places it wasn’t too tough to walk in without snowshoes.

Mt. Frissell and Round Top from Bear Mountain

Mt. Frissell and Round Top from Bear Mountain

This is on the south ridge of Bear Mountain looking west into New York state. The top of Mt. Frissell is actually in Massachusetts but the south shoulder of it is the highest “point” in Connecticut. Bear Mountain, which we’re on is the highest “peak” (so to speak).

Dave photographing ice on a pitch pine

Dave photographing ice on a pitch pine

We spent a lot of time attempting to photograph the ice on various trees. The pitch pines were the most interesting although there was ice everywhere.

Pitch pine ice

Pitch pine ice

You can see which way the wind was blowing by how the ice is deposited on the needles.

Pitch pine ice

Pitch pine ice

Pitch pine ice

Pitch pine ice

Ice on a leaf bud

Ice on a leaf bud

Here, again, you can see how the wind was blowing as the freezing rain/snow was coming down.

Ice on branches and buds

Another example showing the ice on the downwind side of branches.

Rock, snow, lichen, reflection

Rock, snow, lichen, reflection

Salisbury, Connecticut. We cross this little “streamlet” on the Undermountain Trail on the way up Bear Mountain.

This small pool is usually crying out to be photographed because it catches great reflections from the trees and rocks around it and I particularly like the reflections, like this one, where the biggest boulder has a layer of snow on it that shows up in the water.