Psychedelic foam

Psychedelic foam

Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut.

Tom and I hiked south along the Appalachian Trail next to the Housatonic River after voting. We saw a very mature (and large) American bald eagle less than 50′ away on a sycamore tree branch. It was exciting and while it would have been fun to attempt to photograph it, we just stood there in awe, admiring this incredible animal.

We’re in a drought here the northeast and the Housatonic River is moving very slowly. The slowness of the river is allowing foam to gather along the banks in interesting ways as it interacts with branches and rocks. I spent a good amount of time photographing this particular foam pattern; it was changing right before my eyes and how it interacted with the rock at the top of the frame was fascinating.

I would have posted this yesterday but I’ve been extremely shocked, embarrassed, and ultimately depressed about the US. election. I’m very sorry for what my country has done.

Foam and reflection on Race Brook

Foam and reflection on Race Brook

Race Brook Falls Trail. Southwest Massachusetts.

We hiked up Mt. Race yesterday via the Race Brook Falls Trail (the trail I maintain for the Berkshire AMC) and it was a beautiful day for photography.

Race Brook was running slowly enough so that there were foam patterns in a few of the pools. This was the largest of them and I took many images of it from many angles, catching both the foam pattern and the trees on the far bank reflected.

Oak leaf in lava foam

Oak leaf in lava foam

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

This eddy current of foam was right at the bottom of the trail at the first Race Brook crossing, just after a small bit of turbulence. It was the most amazing piece of foam I’ve ever seen and I took numerous pictures as the leaf spun around, caught in the the eddy current.

Even though this image was done with the Ricoh GR’s high contrast black and white filter, this foam really did look like lava, it was unusual and fascinating and if we hadn’t been on our way further up the trail I’d have stood there for a lot longer watching it change form.

Schaghticoke Ridge waterworks


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.





Thayer Brook foam

Foam and leaves

Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

I hiked south on the AT to Thayer Brook to look for ice but it wasn’t quite cold enough, all I found was foam. Foam is interesting too so like they say, when you’ve got lemons make lemon aid (shoot foam).

The giant tulip trees are right by the brook so I had to take a shot at them too, they’re irresistible.

Foam and leaf

Foam layers

Tulip trees

Foam on Thayer Brook


These two Instagram/iPhone shots were made on Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

These foam shots are almost always in pools on the downstream side of small waterfalls. In other words, the water falls into a pool, makes bubbles, and they collect in places out of the main current in striated ripples. I find it all fascinating because it’s not soap in the water, it’s simply water bubbles collecting.

Foam on Thayer Brook

Foam on Thayer Brook

Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. Thayer Brook is the last big stream crossing on this hike. There’s usually a small foam whirlpool in this spot and I’ve photographed them here before.

No doubt there’s a scientific reason for foam forming in these patterns right after a small waterfall on a brook because that’s where I’ve found all of the foam patterns I’ve shot. It’s like the foam forms when the water goes over the fall but it takes a while (in this case about 25′) for it to collect like this. There was no foam visible on the water between this little “collection” and the waterfall, just clear water as far as I could tell. This pocket of rock was like a foam collector.

Foam whirlpool with bubbles

Foam whirlpool with bubbles

Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. This foam whirlpool was on a stream crossing the Appalachian trail on the Schaghticoke Ridge section between Bull’s Bridge and Rt. 341. This is the largest stream on the hike which can be difficult to cross in high water.