Cornwall Bridge

Pine needles and leaves

Pine needles and leaves

Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut.

We hiked south (then north) on the Appalachian Trail, from Cornwall Bridge to Kent and back. I almost always stop in a small pine grove to look for shots straight up the various white pine trees.

Today there was too much flare from the sun directly overhead so I looked down. Good thing, the needles and leaves were interesting.

An unusually level section of the Appalachian Trail

An unusually level section of the Appalachian Trail

Kent, Connecticut.

We hiked from Kent to Cornwall Bridge and back on the AT along the Housatonic River. Very easy hiking, sort of like a runner’s LSD (long slow distance) hike.

Saw a half dozen thru hikers going north, a few section hikers going south. Nice day to be out.

Got caught in a light rain on the way back, camera got buried in pack.

Sunday walk on the Appalachian Trail

Southern Berkshires

Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut. David and Loren hiked north on the Appalachian Trail from Kent to Cornwall Bridge leaving a car in Kent. I drove to Cornwall Bridge and hiked south to meet them and then we doubled back and I drove them to their car. I was on my own so brought bigger camera gear and tripod to attempt better shots of these hills.

Something about the two textures: grass and trees looked interesting to me. Nice to have a decent camera and lens to attempt to capture detail.

Cornwall Bridge to Kent

Appalachian Trail: Cornwall Bridge to Kent

Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut. The Housatonic River is right behind me as I take this and these are the southern Berkshire Mountains. This stretch of the AT is the longest stretch along a river on it’s entire 2000 mile run, about eight miles on the west bank of the Housatonic. We only did about six miles today but plan to do the entire section on Sunday to work off Thanksgiving dinner.

Appalachian Trail: Cornwall Bridge to Kent

Appalachian Trail: Cornwall Bridge to Kent

Fast experiment with a hand held macro. Interesting bokeh for a point and shoot camera.

Appalachian Trail: Cornwall Bridge to Kent

An island on the Housatonic River.

As we talked down stream we kept seeing a bald eagle flying ahead of us and stopping until we caught up. I think if one came here early in the day loaded for bear (for eagle) with a long lens there might be a chance of catching him fishing.

Appalachian Trail: Cornwall Bridge to Kent

Bank of the Housatonic River.

Appalachian Trail: Cornwall Bridge to Kent

The sun is setting behind the hill to the left of me and lighting up this windrow of trees at the end of this cornfield.

Appalachian Trail: Cornwall Bridge to Kent

Over that hill and the next one is Warren where I live. This place is quite close to my house.

Appalachian Trail: Cornwall Bridge to Kent

Where’s waldo?

Appalachian Trail: Cornwall Bridge to Kent

This was a test of putting the G11 on a table top tripod, putting it on my pack, setting the camera to Av mode, stopping down, some, and using the timer to get rid of vibration to see about getting a shot with some sharpness front to back. It was a bad test in that the light was low enough and the ISO high enough (auto, stupid me) that the trees are full of noise. I can see potential though and I’ll keep working on shots like this with this camera.

Appalachian Trail: Cornwall Bridge to Kent

Sunset on the Housatonic. Good thing we were almost back to the car, it was getting cold.