Southwestern, Massachusetts (The Connecticut border is two miles south/left) in this frame on the Appalachian Trail).
We hiked from this point up onto Mt. Race on the Appalachian Trail to check the section I maintain. Cut one tree that had fallen across the trail but otherwise the trail is in good shape for this time of year. Pockets of ice that us old men have to watch out for but it was a nice hike.
This creek flows from Plantain Pond which is the recreational lake at the YMCA Camp Hi Rock down to Rt. 41. Behind me about 50 yards is a nice waterfall.
There were lots of ice “udders” (stalactites) under rocks and trees but I couldn’t get close enough to photograph them without falling in.
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 Flickr contact taro kunugi took this terrific image of a vineyard covered with snow with his Ricoh GR II in Yamanashi, Japan.
My Flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp posted this great, high contrast shot of a reflection on a pond on the Oregon Coast, taken with his Ricoh GR II.
Sage’s Ravine, Connecticut/Massachusetts border.
We took a nice hike down Sage’s Ravine and up onto Mt. Race. The water in Sage’s creek was low but there was a nice reflecting pool and I stopped and took a number of pictures at different apertures, less because I knew what I was doing, more because I’d forgotten which apertures I liked the effects of water ripple/reflections taken at. So, when in doubt, shoot a variety.
The problem is, I like the ripples at f/3.5, f/8, and f/11. They’re all interesting. So, I’m posting examples taken at each.
Flickr member taro kunugi posted this great shot of a crushed can that used to contain coffee. We noticed coffee in cans from vending machines twenty years ago when we were in Japan.
This shot reminds me of the work of Irving Penn: large format prints of half-smoked cigarettes he found on the ground.
Appalachian Trail, Merwinsville, Connecticut.
We hiked the first section of the AT in Connecticut (over Ten Mile Hill) and this swamp is right off Route 55. It always seems messy and uninteresting until you look closer and then interesting photographic possibilities open up.
This image was processed with Apple’s Photos application in macOS Sierra. This version of Photos isn’t very good and I’m no expert on using it but the Photos upgrade coming in the next MacOS update (High Sierra) looks excellent and I’m hoping its good enough at doing what I like so that I can move away from Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a great application that I’ve used since it came out but Adobe is moving away from stand-alone desktop applications and I don’t want to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud. Time will tell…
High Line, New York.
I was in New York a few weeks ago and walked the High Line with an old friend who hadn’t seen it since it was first opened. It was packed as it is almost all the time now and incredibly, there is more new construction going on there than I’ve ever seen before.
At some point one would think that the city won’t be able to absorb any more high end rentals (think Shanghai) but who knows?
Took a short hike to cut a blowdown on the trail and decided to pay my respects to the small grove of tulip trees near Thayer Brook. There are two large trees, this one with two trunks and another 15 feet away with three. They always awe me.
We were driving some visiting relatives south on Rt. 7 and passed this nice waterfall. Decided to get out of the car and check it out. I live close to this and hadn’t gone to look at it in over ten years. It’s a beautiful waterfall and this day it wasn’t mobbed with tourists. Very photogenic.