Ten Mile River

Ten Mile River reflection

Ten Mile River reflection

Bull’s Bridge, Connecticut.

Gary and I took a hike from Bull’s Bridge south to the New York border and back (8 miles). We crossed Ten Mile River and near the crossing there’s a small island that’s separated from the shore by a shallow piece of the river. This day it was shallow enough to walk across on rocks and shoot reflections of the trees on the island in the water. We spent a good bit of time there looking for reflections.

Ten Mile River

Ten Mile River

Bull’s Bridge, Connecticut.

Anne and I took a short walk down the Appalachian Trial along the Housatonic River from Bull’s Bridge toward Ten Mile River, crossed Ten Mile River at the confluence of the two rivers and walked upstream for a bit to this great spot I’ve photographed before.

The AT runs along the right bank of the river here, the left bank is actually an island and the main body of the river is on the other side. This piece of the river drys up in summer but when there’s water running it’s very photogenic as the trees on either side are close in giving it a canyon-like feel.

Along Ten Mile River

Along Ten Mile River

Hiking south on the Appalachian Trial from Bull’s Bridge toward the Ten Mile River Bridge.

This may be the most walked/hiked section of the entire Appalachian Trail (AT) in that it’s easy to get to and has spectacular views of the Housatonic River. We hike it a few times each year at this time because my hiking partner Dave likes to photograph wildflowers and this section, for some reason, is loaded with them.

This day was too cold, they were up but not open.

No matter, plenty of other things to photograph like the mottled light in a small calm place on the edge of Ten Mile River and a magnificent tulip tree.

Tulip tree from below

Ten Mile River to Bulls Bridge

The start of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut

Hiking the beginning of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut: Ten Mile River to Bull’s Bridge. This is a nice, 4 mile hike that’s not hard and can be done in snow (like this day).

Richard, Loren, and Dave on top of Ten Mile Hill

Me, Loren, and Dave on top of Ten Mile Hill. I used an ultrapod to velcro the G11 to a tree to take this. Of course, the wind picked up and the tree started moving.

Looking north up the Housatonic River to Kent

Looking north up the Housatonic River to Kent. This is a great overlook and the ridge on the left is the last hike that Dave and I did which was very tough and wiped us out. At the end of that hike is Kent and past that is Caleb’s Peak which is another great hike on the AT.

Ice and reflection on Ten Mile River

Ice and reflection on Ten Mile River.

This was my last picture of the day. Right after taking it, camera still turned on with lens extended and LCD folded out, I tripped over a rock buried in deep snow and did a face/camera plant in a snow drift. The Canon G11 was completely covered with snow and ice and while I wasn’t physically hurt in the fall, I was totally humiliated.

I got cleaned up and did a bit of cleaning on the camera, turned it off and wrapped it in clean paper towels left over from lunch and put it in my pack.

When I got home I put a clean towel on a table, took camera out of bag, took card and battery out of camera, wiped everything down with a micro fiber cloth and put an over head lamp on it to slowly dry it out.

I left it like this all night and resisted the urge to check it out until this morning. This morning I wiped everythign down again, charged up the battery, unloaded the card onto my computer, put battery and card back in camera and turned it on.

With lens extended I used some lens cleaning solution to clean it up, a micro fiber cloth to clean up the extended lens barrel and LCD screen and erased the card.

I took a few pictures, the camera seems to work fine, so far.

I’m quite amazed as the camera was completely covered with wet snow and ice. I thank my lucky stars this was the G11 and not the 5D although I think the DSLR might have stood up to it even better. Still, Canon made the G11 sturdier than I thought and add to that I’m extremely lucky and you have a nice end to what was potentially an expensive outing.

Karma being what it is, I almost killed myself this morning clearing snow off our driveway. I hope that’s all the Karmic feedback I’ll get from this "event."