bubbles

Rippled reflection

Rippled reflection

Thayer Brook, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

It was “balmy” out the other day so I took a hike from Rt. 341 south on the AT to Thayer Brook to shoot ice, or, water patterns if there was no ice.

There was no ice but there was enough water to make some nice patterns to shoot.

These are foam ripples in a small pool with a few leaves under water, a twig on the right, and a big rock that forms the right edge of the pool. Oh, and a nice reflection of the oaks on the far side of the brook.

Small waterfall on Thayer Brook

Small waterfall on Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

It was “balmy” out yesterday so I took a hike from Rt. 341 south on the AT to Thayer Brook to shoot ice, or, water patterns if there was no ice.

There was no ice but there was enough water to make some nice patterns to shoot.

This small waterfall is about a foot high which makes for a nice subject: I can get on top of it and shoot down and the depth of field is shallow enough so things are in focus both on top of the falls and bottom.

I particularly like how the Ricoh GR catches the bubble turbulence below, nice movement detail in all of that chaos.

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Northwest corner of Union Square, New York.

My friend Bill and I were walking back up to Grand Central from the Village (Keste Pizza is incredible) and stumbled into a guy making large soap bubbles.

I don’t think I’ve ever posted this many images at once on Flickr but this man’s energy getting everyone who passed going making bubbles was contagious.

This entire set is only nine minutes of shooting yet the number of people who got into it was amazing. One girl seemed to be the bubble queen; more of her bubbles lived than almost anyone else’s. And, she got two little kids involved which was great to see.

Toward the end Bill got into the action and made some bubbles and the “Bubble Man” made a bubble around him.

I was happy to have the Ricoh GR’s speed for this and learning the timing of when to shoot and what to focus on (a bubble is a fleeting, moving thing) took some practice. I probably should have opened the aperture some more to speed things up but in reflection I’m glad I didn’t as I caught the onlookers in sharp focus which is nice.

I love the energy in this set and it makes me happy to think about how much fun everyone was having.

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Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

Bubbles on Union Square

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.

Water, ice, frozen bubbles, rock

Water, ice, frozen bubbles, rock

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

Bee Brook runs from a swamp just east of where I took this picture, then downstream of me here, under a major road (Rt. 202) and through a small valley into the Shepaug River. This is a relatively small brook and it’s easy to get close to it in lots of places along its path.

I just went through about 80 images I shot on this great little brook a few days ago and I thought I had some real keepers in the batch but alas, I tossed most of them.

I’m happy that I’m getting more selective but it can be a bit of a bummer. I did have a particular expectation (moving water) and came close on many images but not close enough to keep and share. I’ll be back there for sure so no doubt I’ll try again.

Schaghticoke Ridge waterworks

Waterfall

New York, Connecticut border south of Kent, Connecticut.

Dave and I hiked from Bull’s Bridge north along the Appalachian Trail along Schaghticoke Ridge with this small stream as our destination.

The water was running because of snow melt and there were small waterfalls, foam eddy currents, and lots of bubbles. The Ricoh GR did some interesting things with the bubbles so I’m posting a few of them.

Foam

Bubbles

Bubbles

Bubbles