Kent

An unusually level section of the Appalachian Trail

An unusually level section of the Appalachian Trail

Kent, Connecticut.

We hiked from Kent to Cornwall Bridge and back on the AT along the Housatonic River. Very easy hiking, sort of like a runner’s LSD (long slow distance) hike.

Saw a half dozen thru hikers going north, a few section hikers going south. Nice day to be out.

Got caught in a light rain on the way back, camera got buried in pack.

Swamp in fog

Swamp in fog

Kent, Connecticut.

I was over at my friend Joy Brown’s house helping her sort some slides to send off to get scanned and on my way home I noticed the fog was thick on the swamp that her long driveway runs by. I stopped the truck and pulled out the camera and took numerous images. About 100′ out the swamp just disappears into fog. It was quite amazing and the fog was so thick the drive home was no fun. Nice to see some good images came of it though.

Foam on Thayer Brook

Foam

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.

Ice on Schaghticoke Ridge

Ice

Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. This is one of our favorite hikes in the area, from Bull’s Bridge to Kent on the AT. Near the New York/Connecticut border we crossed a little stream that had some nice ice on it. Had to stop and see if I could capture some patterns.

Ice

Ice

Ice

Ice

Ice bubbles

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Dave shooting yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I were hiking the other day and I spotted some unusual bark on a tree. On closer inspection the bark was riddled with woodpecker holes up and down the entire tree.

The bird is a yellow-bellied sapsucker and it really likes this tree. As you’ll see in the other pictures, the entire tree is riddled with holes, bottom to top.

Dave thought this tree was close to 100 years old so this is many generations of sapsucker action on it. No other trees in the area showed this kind of woodpecker damage except two other basswood trees a few hundred feet away.

As you’ll see in the last image the tree is still living, amazingly after such a riddling with holes.

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

David, Loren, Gary, and Richard on Caleb’s Peak

David, Loren, Gary, and Richard on Caleb's Peak

On the Appalachian Trail between Kent and Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut. We’ve done this hike many times recently but it’s so good we decided to do it again to introduce Gary to it before he flies home to Oregon tomorrow. We had a great day, less ice than we thought, more mud but no problem and it was warm enough so we didn’t have to wear heavy clothing. We’ll all miss Gary but we know he’ll be back for more adventures in the summer.

Joy’s flying elephant

Joy's flying elephant

Kent, Connecticut. Last night we went to a potluck dinner (Indian food) at the home of Joy Brown, a close friend of ours who’s a world renowned artist.

Joy has a well developed aesthetic sense and she surrounds herself with beautiful things that feed it. Her home is full of color, pattern, texture and warmth, and because she likes the festive color of holiday lights, she leaves hers up most of the winter.

I know this elephant isn’t Ganesha but given the incredible meal before us I thought it fitting to photograph it flying through the holiday lights.

It was a great evening.