Sony RX100 II

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

I’ve had these images on my computer for a while; I got so many interesting images on this trip I had a tough time sorting and editing them. No doubt many reading this know of this problem.

I’ve never seen a collection of geometric ice crystals quite like these, very unusual and amazingly photogenic. I was so excited by seeing these I shot many images of each area just to make sure I got something in focus (ice is sometimes hard to focus on as it’s layered).

It’s amazing how many forms ice crystals can take and I’m delighted when I see things this interesting.

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

Descanso Gardens with Sony RX100 II

Flowers and leaves

Descanso Gardens, Flintridge, California.

It was a beautiful day to wheel my mother around these lovely gardens and unlike back home in Connecticut, here flowers were in bloom.

There was plenty of color but I’m very much into monochrome these days. The light on this small clump of flowers was compelling so I wheeled my mother into this little grove and spent ten minutes shooting here.

While the Sony RX100 II makes exceptionally fine images, it’s controls are less than wonderful compared with the Ricoh GR. It’s nice to have a second camera with a zoom lens but I reach for the Ricoh before the Sony most days if for no other reason, it’s easier to use/control.

Flowers

My mother watching me take pictures

My almost 99 year old mother watching me take pictures

Mt. Race, south ridge

Mt. Race, south ridge

Southwest Massachusetts.

Dave, Loren, and Dave and I hiked up onto Mt. Race yesterday in great conditions. Not quite enough snow for snowshoes but we used micro spikes. This is looking south down the Appalachian Trail toward the Connecticut border and Bear Mountain (just off frame to the right). You can just sort of make out Twin Lakes and Salisbury, Connecticut in the back-left of the frame.

We just got another foot of snow so we’ll be back up in this area soon, with snowshoes. Oh boy.

Finding and Shooting ice

Finding and shooting ice

Race Brook Falls trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

Loren and I hiked up the Race Brook Falls trail (that I maintain for Berkshire AMC) and while there was plenty of ice it was mostly covered by a thin layer of snow.

It was a great hike and I didn’t think I’d be taking any pictures when I spotted a thin ribbon of water feeding Race Brook that looked to have some ice in it. On closer inspection there were some nice patterns created as different water levels froze.

This is what it looks like when you find an interesting ice patch. How you photograph it (close, far, etc.) and how you process the images comes later.

For those who care, I have on Kahtoola Micro Spikes which are essential when walking on slippery ground and are much easier to deal with than crampons. They’re easy to put on and work extremely well, better than “Yak Tracks” by far.

My mother at 98 +

Frances at lunch

Los Angeles, California. I’m on my monthly trip to visit my mother who’s 98, going on 99 in May. She’s doing fine although definitely slowing down and fading a bit more. However, she’s still got her spark and gives me crap about not driving fast enough on the freeway. When she stops bugging me I’ll be worried.

Frances at the Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. This traditional Japanese garden is part of a large water treatment plant. It’s an incredible place few people in LA seem to know about.

Because the water running through the garden is so “rich” birds come from all over to hang out there and this day there were many: cormorants, many kinds of ducks, grebes, snowy and great egrets, a few Allen hummingbirds, and many more.

After we wheel around the paths we sit inside the tea house and look out over the place. My mother discovered this place ten years ago and we’ve been coming ever since.