Fuji X100F

Ice on the Shepaug

Ice on the Shepaug

Mattatuck Trail, Warren, Connecticut.

We hiked along the Shepaug River looking for interesting ice. We’ve had plenty of cold weather but the kind of weather that makes good ice is extreme cold, a thaw, then more extreme cold. We’ve sort of had that but not quite extreme enough in either direction (warm and cold).

I did find some nice crystals near the shore and attempted to get a shot. I could not get stable enough to get steady for sharp focus so this isn’t quite as crisp as I’d like it. Consider it a place marker for better ice in the next month (hopefully).

Sun rays on Twin Lakes

Sun rays on Twin Lakes

South ridge of Mt. Race, Massachusetts.

I took a hike along this great ridge to inspect a section of the Appalachian Trail that I maintain. Not much work to do this day but the views were terrific. This is looking southeast back into Salisbury, Connecticut and Twin Lakes.

As I got out onto the exposed part of the ridge the sun was breaking out and the sun rays looked like they might make a nice image. It’s tough to process sun rays in a way that doesn’t kill the rest of the image. I tried using Apple’s Photos but Lightroom did a much better job so this is processed with it.

Shooting up in New York

Afternoon light on monoliths

Afternoon light on monoliths

Between Lexington and Park Avenue on 42nd Street, Manhattan, New York.

We were about to head into Grand Central to get on the train when we noticed that the light on both the Chrysler building and the two buildings across the street was striking. So, out came the cameras, for me for the first time in the day.

Golden hour is aptly named.

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

Note: I’ve had it with Adobe going back and forth on Lightroom subscriptions so I’m giving Apple’s Photos a real try. It’s far from perfect but once one spends a bit of time with it and drops the Lightroom comparisons (Lightroom is a much more sophisticated tool) it’s useable and even fun. Time will tell.

Views from 1 World Trade Center

Uptown view

Manhattan from 1 World Trade Center

Looking directly north up Manhattan which is thirteen miles long. The George Washington Bridge (on the left) which crosses the Hudson River is about ten miles away.

The new construction on the west side just left of the George Washington Bridge (in the frame) is next to the High Line.

You can see the Empire State building uptown and the Washington Square Arch (Greenwich Village) in the green park closer in.

In the far distance on the right side of the frame is the Whitestone Bridge which connects the Bronx with Queens (Long Island). A bit further right (and out) is the Throgs Neck Bridge. Beyond those bridges, on the horizon is Connecticut (where I live).

The white vertical, windowless building face on the right (East River) is the United Nations Secretariat building.

Downtown from that on the East River is a large group of low, red apartment buildings which is Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town.

City Hall and bridges

City Hall and bridges

This is looking east, north east.

The bridge furthest north (left) is the Williamsburg Bridge that connects Manhattan with Queens (Long Island). The middle bridge is the Manhattan Bridge and the bridge furthest south (right) is the Brooklyn Bridge which connects Manhattan with Brooklyn, the first bridge to span the East River and one of the oldest, large suspension bridges in the United States. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a great thing to do.

On the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge is City Hall and City Hall Park (to the right of the sign: Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank).

The large buildings closer to the river and bridge are city and federal courthouses and offices.

The right side of the frame is the northern tip of the financial district including Wall Street. My shot down there didn’t work out because of sun on the window.

The other side of the river all the way to the horizon line is Long Island, right right side of the frame is northern Brooklyn, most of the frame is Queens.

The back/right of the horizon line is Kennedy Airport and beyond it the Atlantic Ocean.

There’s plenty more detail visible here and over time I’ll change this caption as we find things. Feel free to ID buildings in the comments.

Hosta

Hosta

Warren, Connecticut.

Our hostas seem to be going by right now but I found this amazing plant over at a friend’s house. I love hosta leaves, they’re voluptuous.

Update: I’ve replaced the original image with a new one. In printing the first version the slightly sepia color didn’t look great and I went with a more standard monochrome processing. I hate to replace an image after people have commented on it, my apologies if this messes anything up.

Star moss with grass and more

Star moss with grass and more

Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Bull’s Bridge, Connecticut.

Did a short hike to check on a section of the AT I maintain that had a recent fire on it (250 acres burned). It was mostly a leaf fire and burnt the understory but most of the trees were spared. And, now, a few summer months later, things are growing back.

This star moss was right on the edge of the fire and somehow survived.

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.