I did some shooting with my iPhone 8 on our hike the other day. This is a small rut on the trail with some rather large ice crystals growing in it.
As most folks know, modern smartphones have excellent cameras in them and I’ve seen some amazing images coming from iPhones of all vintages on Flickr and elsewhere. I’ve had an iPhone of one sort or another for years but I’m still not as comfortable as others in using it as a primary camera. Not sure quite why that is, it sure is convenient and easy to carry.
Walking back to the truck from our hike up Mt. Race there were some low spots along the trail and a few of them contained frozen puddles. Lines like these are caused by water flowing slowly and freezing multiple times. It’s almost like a recent, short term geologic record.
Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail. Bull’s Bridge, Connecticut.
We haven’t gotten out all that much recently so we took a relatively short hike up onto Schaghticoke Ridge, which I maintain for the Connecticut AMC.
The snow is gone and there are pockets of ice in low and shady spots. Ice and leaves always makes for interesting photography so I tried a few shots.
My long-time Flickr contact rosemary* posted this beautiful shot of momiji (Japanese maple) leaves with very nice circular bokeh.
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.
Macedonia State Park, Connecticut.
Since we’ve had a drought for a while, finding pools of water with reflections has been tough. This time of year this pool should have been ice but it’s warm enough now so things are wet, and so, reflections. Choose a shallow enough pool and you can see the leaves through the water.
Flickr member aurpera shot this great image of leaves with her iPad Pro. Very nice composition and processing.
My flickr contact Marser posted this wonderful image of Japanese maples (momiji) with leaves in fall colors in Kyoto, Japan.
My flickr contact Peter Bowers posted this fantastic image of fall leaves in foam on the Drag River, Ontario, Canada.
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.