Thayer Brook

Two tulip trees

Two tulip trees

Appalachian Trail near Kent, Connecticut. This is a repeat of a group of trees I’ve photographed a lot as they’re quite spectacular. I wanted to try them with the Fuji X70 and that’s what’s used here.

There are two groups of tulip trees in this area and this is two separate trees close together. I’ve also shot another single tree with three trunks that’s about 20 feet to my right as this picture is taken.

The Fuji X70 makes this kind of shot easy and fun with its articulating LCD screen. I continue to be very pleased with the camera. I updated my copy of Lightroom so it can read X70 RAW files and this is a converted RAW file. Frankly, the Fuji X70’s JPEGs are of such high quality I probably won’t shoot RAW all that much unless I know I’ll be in an artificial light situation where I’ll need to adjust white balance.

Rippled reflection

Rippled reflection

Thayer Brook, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

It was “balmy” out the other day so I took a hike from Rt. 341 south on the AT to Thayer Brook to shoot ice, or, water patterns if there was no ice.

There was no ice but there was enough water to make some nice patterns to shoot.

These are foam ripples in a small pool with a few leaves under water, a twig on the right, and a big rock that forms the right edge of the pool. Oh, and a nice reflection of the oaks on the far side of the brook.

Reflection with rock and leaf

Reflection with rock and leaf

Thayer Brook, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

It was “balmy” out yesterday so I took a hike from Rt. 341 south on the AT to Thayer Brook to shoot ice, or, water patterns if there was no ice.

There was no ice but there was enough water to make some nice patterns to shoot.

I was shooting some foam ripples in a small pool and this rock was near my feet. Between the rock, the leaves, the reflection and the small ripples it seemed like it might make an interesting image.

Small waterfall on Thayer Brook

Small waterfall on Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

It was “balmy” out yesterday so I took a hike from Rt. 341 south on the AT to Thayer Brook to shoot ice, or, water patterns if there was no ice.

There was no ice but there was enough water to make some nice patterns to shoot.

This small waterfall is about a foot high which makes for a nice subject: I can get on top of it and shoot down and the depth of field is shallow enough so things are in focus both on top of the falls and bottom.

I particularly like how the Ricoh GR catches the bubble turbulence below, nice movement detail in all of that chaos.

Tulip with flare

Tulip with flare

Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. I hiked from Bull’s Bridge to Kent on Schaghticoke Ridge and took a break at Thayer Brook and the giant tulip tree next to it.

I can’t pass this place without taking yet another photograph of this magnificent single tree with three trunks. My instinct is to position myself to keep the sun hidden behind other trees to avoid flare but a lightbulb went off: why not attempt to get both the trees and flare.

As some reading this know, it’s tough to know how flare will look until you get back to a larger screen so I did ten shots with different meter settings and slightly different positions hoping one might work out. In the end, they all worked out and it was tough to choose.

Forest near Thayer Brook

Forest near Thayer Brook

Appalachian Trail south of Kent, Connecticut.

I don’t often shoot straight into a dense forest but this scene had so much going on I thought I’d give it a try.

This is the forest right near Thayer Brook which the Appalachian Trail crosses south of Rt. 341 and Kent, Connecticut. Many times this place (it also has large tulip trees that I like to photograph) is my final destination but this day I continued down to Bull’s Bridge, hiking the entire eight miles of Schaghticoke Ridge which is a tough hike.

Given that my truck was up at the start of my hike on Rt. 341 and I was on my own, I had to text my wife to pick me up and drive me back to my truck. Good thing she was home and available, otherwise it would have been a long day.

Waterfall on Thayer Brook

Waterfall on Thayer Brook

Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

Snowshoes south on the AT for a few miles to one of my regular destinations looking for ice and/or falling water. Great day to be out and we’ve had so much snow that even with the recent melt there was still a two foot base on the trail. And, the trail was well packed and almost glazed so my MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes bit into it like crampons. Fun going.

Tough to cross the brook on snowshoes so the majestic tulip trees that are right behind this waterfall will have to wait a bit for their regular photo-op.

Craters of the moon on Thayer Brook

Craters of the moon on Thayer Brook

Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail south of Kent, Connecticut.

We took a quick hike south on the AT in shallow snow/ice. Used micro spikes. Great day for it yesterday (today it’s been pouring freezing rain all day).

There was great ice on Thayer Brook and had I been on my own I’d have stayed for hours but Nora’s hands were getting cold and given that I suffer with Raynaud’s syndrome I know what that’s like so we got moving again.

It’s been cold for long enough so that bubbles that form at the bottom of small waterfalls are not only frozen, but popped after freezing which makes them look like small craters. I love these formations although given the heavy rain falling now I’ll have to wait for another week or cold and clear weather to find this kind of ice again.

Falling water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

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

Took a short hike south on the AT from Rt. 341 to Thayer Brook. It didn’t look like it was going to be a good day for pictures but the brook had plenty of water in it (tough to cross) and I found a few small falls that looked like they might be interesting.

To me, what makes this kind of falling water interesting are the surface patterns the water makes as it moves over rocks underneath and the foam it makes as it hits the bottom of a fall. Those shapes are fantastic if you can freeze them and frankly, and honestly, I’m never absolutely sure how to get what I want. These images are as close as I’ve ever come to getting what I want which is evidence of movement and turbulence.

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook

Falling Water on Thayer Brook