Paradise Lane Trail, Bear Mountain, Connecticut. I always stop at this little pool as we hike along Paradise Lane on the east side of Bear Mountain. Over many years it’s produced some amazing images, given how ordinary it seems.
Today it had a few pre-fall leaves floating on the surface, some sun-hot spots, and the reflected trees behind it and it looked spectacular. Lots of great detail that I thought might show up later.
Paradise Lane Trail, Bear Mountain, Connecticut. Gary and I hiked from Undermountain Trail in Connecticut to the Race Brook Falls Trail in Massachusetts along the Appalachian Trail a few weeks ago (I’m behind in my photo editing).
This was not a good year for mountain laurel and these blooms along Paradise Lane were the best ones we saw on this hike. I liked the way the Ricoh GR made them look in high contrast but these are the GR’s RAWs processed in Lightroom. I liked the extra detail the RAW files gave me.
The color images are done with the Sony RX100 III and show the wonderful colors of this state plant of Connecticut.
Salisbury, Connecticut. Gary and I hiked up to Bear Mountain yesterday and while it was hot and humid there was still plenty of water running in streams including this small one on Paradise Lane.
I noticed some nice bubbled patterns as we cross the stream on slimy rocks and so, took my pack off and pulled out the GR to see if I could capture a few shots. The sun was in an odd place and there were hot spots everywhere and I worked hard to try to avoid them. Silly me, I love the hot spots in these images. Live and learn.
Salisbury, Connecticut. On Paradise Lane near my last self portrait reflection image.
Today we extended our Bear Mountain hike over Round Top to Mt. Frissel where we turned around and came back over Bear. Long hike for us (12 miles) and we were pretty wiped by the time we got back to my truck.
I like this image better than the first one, the rocks and oak leaves make it even more interesting.
Salisbury, Connecticut. On Paradise Lane on the way up Bear Mountain we stopped at a small stream crossing to shoot reflections. It was tough to get out of the picture so I stopped trying.
Salisbury, Connecticut. Hiking up to Bear Mountain via Paradise lane brings us by this small brook which, when it has water in it almost always has an interesting reflection in this one spot. Today it had broken light and a bit of foam that showed the slow movement of the brook. The iPhone and Instagram caught it better than my S100.
We almost always stop at this little spot on Paradise Lane on the way up to Bear Mountain because there’s almost always a nice reflection here.
Northwest Connecticut. Hiking on the Paradise Lane trail on the east side of Bear Mountain the mountain laurel is thick and prime right now.
Paradise Lane, Bear Mountain, Connecticut. After a dry summer we finally had enough rain to fill some streams and knock a lot of leaves down. Colorful leaves under water make for some interesting photography. The water seems to preserve them like amber preserves things that fall into it.
Bear Mountain, Connecticut. The mountain laurel was in full bloom last week so we hiked up Bear Mountain by way of Paradise Lane where we knew there was a load of it. I’m hoping the rain we just had hasn’t knocked the buds off, I’d love to return just to walk through it all again.