Schaghticoke Ridge, Kent, Connecticut.
Post winter, the Appalachian Trail is, in places, covered with leaves that have remained in place since last fall through the winter. Once it snows on them and then melts, they get matted and almost stuck in place.
They’ve been walked on and broken up but not much, the trail doesn’t get as much use in winter as it does in summer. In the next three months thousands of people will walk over the 5 mile section of trail that I maintain in Connecticut (I maintain another 5 miles in Massachusetts) and the leaves will be gone; pushed off the side to continue decomposing in the woods.
Then fall will come and we’ll start all over again.
My flickr contact Bernd Schaefers took this dramatic image of the coast of Portugal with a storm moving in.
My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp posted this high contrast shot of dunes and a pool on the Dellenback Trail on the Oregon coast, taken with his Ricoh GR II.
My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp shot this fantastic landscape image of a tidal pool and surrounds on the Dellenback Trail on the Oregon coast with his Ricoh GR II.
Desiccated Queen Anne’s lace
Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut.
We took a hike south on the Appalachian Trail and it runs across a series of fields which in spring were loaded with Queen Anne’s lace (a weed). Those plants remain standing as dried out skeletons.
The fields we walked across next to the Appalachian Trail were farmed for many years. When farmers plow fields, they collect the rocks that come up and toss them onto walls that separate fields. This is one of those walls and these rocks came out of the field behind the rock pile. This is less a wall, more a rock pile that is well over 100 years old.
My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp posted this terrific high contrast image of a tuft of grass on a small sand spit surrounded by a pool of water on the Dellenback Trail on the southern Oregon coast. Taken with his Ricoh GR II.
Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.
Tom and I took a quick walk around an old corn field and there were a few spots that were frozen enough to show interest. The snow was very light so we could see through to the grass and the ice, grass, and snow made a great pattern.
I had to crop this to get some leaves out of it that I thought might be interesting but in the end, weren’t.
My flickr contact Jack David Hubbell shot this great image of a bottle in Kansas City, Missouri with his Sony RX1.
This work reminds me of the platinum print work of both Irving Penn and Frederick Sommer.
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.
Sage’s Ravine, Sheffield, Massachusetts.
Tom and I just finished re-blazing the first few miles of the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts and we were resting at Sage’s Ravine before turning around for home.
The fall colors were spectacular and I took a few reflection shots of the canopy in the still water of Sage’s brook when Tom’s small (and very cute) dog Scout started splashing around upstream. Initially I was irritated that my glassy reflection was ruined but then realized that the ripples would add a nice, psychedelic touch to the seen.