Hiking

Distorted tree reflection

Distorted tree reflection

Appalachian Trail, south end of Schaghticoke Ridge.

This is further up a small stream I photograph ice on on the south end of Schaghticoke Ridge.

When water is moving slowly over a small waterfall, the lip of the fall sometimes produces a nice distorted reflection of the trees behind it. You have to look carefully to find these but they’re fun to attempt to capture once you do.

Beech on snow

Beech on snow

Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

There are a few beech trees next to Thayer Brook and they tend to hold at least some of their dried leaves all winter. When those leaves fall on the snow they look quite nice and while it might have been interesting to leave the light tan color in this, I liked how the leaf looked in monochrome with the reflective snow, almost translucent.

The tree that probably dropped this leaf is big enough so bears climb it for nuts in season. We call trees with bear claw marks on them “bear trees” and always inspect any beeches we see near the trail for bear claw marks. Of course, always good to look up to make sure the bear isn’t still up there.

Macricostas moonscape

Macricostas moonscape

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

Anne and I went out on another snowshoe hike in this great land trust down the road from us. Wet snow made it rough going but the large field we go around before going up the “mountain” was untouched and the light was flat enough so that it looked like the moon. The clouds gave it some nice contrast. I took a few images here, that was it for the entire hike.

Floating grass mounds

Floating grass mounds

Pine Swamp, West Cornwall, Connecticut.

These shots were up and downstream of the main beaver pond and lodge at Pine Swamp. This time of year the water is low enough so the grass mounds seem to be floating on top of the ice covered water.

This day the ice wasn’t thick enough to support us so we had to hop mound to mound to get across where the dam wouldn’t support us. It was hairy in places, falling in here would be no fun at all, very muddy and cold and 25F with wind chill. We carry extra clothes and there’s an Appalachian Mountain Club “hut” a quarter mile up a hill from here but still, best to be careful.

One of our party did break through and got her foot wet but she was fine and continued on like nothing had happened. Thank god for wool socks.

Floating grass mounds

Water, ice, frozen bubbles, rock

Water, ice, frozen bubbles, rock

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

Bee Brook runs from a swamp just east of where I took this picture, then downstream of me here, under a major road (Rt. 202) and through a small valley into the Shepaug River. This is a relatively small brook and it’s easy to get close to it in lots of places along its path.

I just went through about 80 images I shot on this great little brook a few days ago and I thought I had some real keepers in the batch but alas, I tossed most of them.

I’m happy that I’m getting more selective but it can be a bit of a bummer. I did have a particular expectation (moving water) and came close on many images but not close enough to keep and share. I’ll be back there for sure so no doubt I’ll try again.

Turbulence on Bee Brook

Turbulence on Bee Brook

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

Bee Brook runs from a swamp just east of where I took this picture, then downstream of me here, under a major road (Rt. 202) and through a small valley into the Shepaug River. This is a relatively small brook and it’s easy to get close to it in lots of places along its path.

I’ve shot many images in this little grotto the brook runs through in Macricostas Preserve but this day I walked up stream about 100 feet from where I usually shoot and an entirely different collection of image possibilities opened up.

I know many reading this know the old photographer’s adage: don’t be lazy, change your viewpoint to see if there’s a better image somewhere else. Well, I did it and it worked, I had a blast standing on a rock shooting the water and I’ll post a bunch from this twenty minute session in the next few days as I sort them out.

Ice at Macricostas

Ice cloud

Ice cloud

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

We went for a walk up to Waramaug Rock and on the way down I found a swampy area that had some nice puddles with ice patterns in it. And, plenty of needle ice along the trail which is always fun to attempt to capture. 3D ice is tough.

I took close to 100 pictures of Bee Brook going over a little waterfall in a grotto and I get overwhelmed attempting to cull and process that many similar images. I’ll get to it…

Happy new year.

Needle ice

Needle ice

Falling water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

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

Took a short hike south on the AT from Rt. 341 to Thayer Brook. It didn’t look like it was going to be a good day for pictures but the brook had plenty of water in it (tough to cross) and I found a few small falls that looked like they might be interesting.

To me, what makes this kind of falling water interesting are the surface patterns the water makes as it moves over rocks underneath and the foam it makes as it hits the bottom of a fall. Those shapes are fantastic if you can freeze them and frankly, and honestly, I’m never absolutely sure how to get what I want. These images are as close as I’ve ever come to getting what I want which is evidence of movement and turbulence.

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook