Macricostas Preserve

Macricostas field

Storm coming

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

An old friend who hasn’t been on snowshoes in many years and I took a lap around this big field. What looked like a fast approaching storm ended up being nothing. Great to be out though and snowshoeing is a lot of fun.

This image is looking west, the next one is looking back this way from the other side of the field.

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Next time we’ll go up the hill at the back of this image. My wife and I broke the trail up and over it a few days ago. The back-left of the hill is called “Waramaug Rock” and it looks out over Lake Waramaug which is about 3/4 mile to the left edge of this image.

This image is looking east, the previous one is looking back this way from the other side of the field.

Ice, grass, snow

Ice, grass, snow

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.

Moss and lichen

Moss and lichen

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

Hiked in this great place again today and I always stop at this one rock that’s covered with a variety of moss and lichen and god knows what else. It’s really loaded with life.

The articulating LCD on the Fuji X70 makes awkward shots like this a lot easier. I use to enjoy it on an older Canon G series point and shoot and I’m definitely finding it useful on this camera.

Macricostas hay field

Macricostas hay field

Washington, Connecticut.

After being sick for a while I started hiking again by walking around this large grass-covered field at Macricostas Preserve, right down the road from us.

I’ve been hiking around this field for almost 20 years now (it used to be a corn field) and know it well. In a few places on the perimeter you can shoot it in a way that makes it look much larger than it actually is and this is one of those places.

First time I’ve stopped the X70 down to f/16 and I like the results.

Exfoliating birch

Exfoliating birch

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

This birch tree had more bark curling off than any I’ve seen and it seemed a natural for this kind of shot.

I had a tough time metering this with the X70 and took a shot with each of its three meters. In the end, I used the one that had the most detail in the branches knowing I could probably pull the trunk and bark out of the shadows. Learning a new camera takes time.

Warped reflections in Bee Brook

Warped reflections in Bee Brook

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

Took a short hike in slush in this nature preserve down the road from our house and one of my favorite brooks is now free of ice. Got to try out the tilting LCD on the Canon G7X which (along with the Sony RX100) is perfect for shots like this.

Too much of a water fall and you get foam and splashing, but a little drop over rocks will warp a reflection nicely giving it the “Grateful Dead effect*.

*The LSD equivalent of the “Ken Burns effect” (panning and zooming a still image to make it less static).

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.

More snowshoeing at Macricostas

Looking down the unbroken trail

Looking down the unbroken trail

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

I shot these a few days ago with the Ricoh GR after the last semi-big snowfall that filled in the trail my wife and I made here. Breaking this trail solo was a lot of work but also, a lot of fun.

And, on the back side of the hill the light was low so I got some nice long shadows from trees (and me).

Washed down a few ibuprofen with beer on returning home. And, went out again yesterday to do the entire loop again with my wife, who I think is now hooked on snowshoeing.

Deer tracks and long shadows

Deer tracks and long shadows

Long shadows at Macricostas

Long shadows at Macricostas

Long shadows at Macricostas

Bee Brook frozen over and filled with snow

Bee Brook frozen over and filled with snow

Long shadows on the big field

Long shadows on the big field

Long shadows and me

Long shadows and me

Snowshoeing at Macricostas

Snowshoeing at Macricostas

Anne coming up a steep section of trail, Sony RX100 III

Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut.

My wife swore she’d never hike in the snow or go snowshoeing. But, over the past year she’s been hiking a lot in this great place right down the road from our house. So, what better way to get her to experiment with snowshoeing than to do it at a familiar place.

I figured we’d walk around the hayfield there but we made it all the way to the top. Not a long hike and one she’s done dozens of times before, but in snow it’s a bit tougher. She did very well and I hope she’ll continue with this.

Snowshoeing at Macricostas

Anne on top of Waramaug Rock coming down to the edge for a better view, Sony RX100 III