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.
Appalachian Trail, Merwinsville, Connecticut.
We hiked the first section of the AT in Connecticut (over Ten Mile Hill) and this swamp is right off Route 55. It always seems messy and uninteresting until you look closer and then interesting photographic possibilities open up.
This image was processed with Apple’s Photos application in macOS Sierra. This version of Photos isn’t very good and I’m no expert on using it but the Photos upgrade coming in the next MacOS update (High Sierra) looks excellent and I’m hoping its good enough at doing what I like so that I can move away from Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a great application that I’ve used since it came out but Adobe is moving away from stand-alone desktop applications and I don’t want to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud. Time will tell…
Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail.
I hiked my section of the AT in Connecticut today and there’s been enough rain recently so the streams are running. This small stream which I’ve shot ice in over many years had a nice reflection so I gave it a try.
Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.
We took a short walk up to Waramaug Rock and around the Macricostas loop trail. I knew I’d shot this tree before but I was inspired by an image I saw here on Flickr this morning from Fuzzy Messed Up Panda:
Mine doesn’t have the great bokeh his does but I gave it my best shot, so to speak.
We were driving some visiting relatives south on Rt. 7 and passed this nice waterfall. Decided to get out of the car and check it out. I live close to this and hadn’t gone to look at it in over ten years. It’s a beautiful waterfall and this day it wasn’t mobbed with tourists. Very photogenic.
Flickr member Christian BARRET posted this fantastic image of ice in a puddle in Iceland.
Flickr member Dragan posted this excellent image of an underpass in Vienna, Austria taken with his Fuji X100F.
Bear Rock Creek crosses the Appalachian Trail two miles north of the Connecticut/Massachusetts border in Massachusetts.
I was inspecting one of the two sections I maintain on the Appalachian Trail and since I had my new Fuji X100F with me I decided to try out its ACROS filter on the falling water on this creek.
I’m still getting used to the camera but I do like it and while it’s bigger than the others I prefer to carry on hikes, it’s possible to carry it in a padded bag on one of my pack’s shoulder straps.
These images are almost straight out of the camera; I pulled the highlights down a bit to show more detail in the white water.
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.