Tulip trees

Looking up at tulip trees

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 Ricoh GR and wide angle adaptor and that’s what’s used here.

There are two groups of tulip trees: one with two trunks and one with three. The two trunk group is two separate trees close together, the three trunk group is a single tree with a single large base with three trunks growing out of it.

This was my first (solo) hike this season from Bull’s Bridge to Rt. 341 along Schaghticoke Ridge on the Appalachian trail. I’m happy to report I lived (joke, sort of). It’s a tough hike and not for the out of shape.

These trees are right next to Thayer Brook which is toward the end of the hike going south to north and stopping here with one hill to go takes will power. But, these trees and the brook are magnetic in any season and in the end, I needed to rest.

One tulip tree with three trunks

One tulip tree with three trunks

Tulip trees from below

Tulip trees

Kent, Connecticut. This is a repeat of a group of trees I’ve photographed a lot as they’re quite spectacular.

Hiking south along the Appalachian trail on Schaghticoke Ridge we crossed Thayer Brook where we came upon a small grove of large tulip trees. One tree has three trunks, the other two.

Some of these images were taken with a new Sony RX100 II, some were taken with a Ricoh GR. In short, the Sony’s articulated LCD is wonderful for these kinds of shots but the Ricoh’s ergonomics and speed are second to none. Both cameras have their strengths and weaknesses which are overlapping so I thought it would be good to carry both.

Tulip trees

Tulip trees

Tulip trees

Tulip trees

This last one was taken with the Ricoh GR, the rest were taken with the Sony RX100 II.

Along Schaghticoke Ridge

Tulip tree and canopy

Kent, Connecticut. Hiking south along the Appalachian trail on Schaghticoke Ridge we crossed Thayer Brook and came upon a small grove of large tulip trees. This is a single tree with three trunks close together.

I decided to set the Ricoh GR to record both jpeg and RAW files and the jpegs I set to “regular” black and white (as opposed to high contrast). I must say, seeing a monochrome image on the LCD viewfinder is extremely useful in composing these kinds of images and while I don’t think the jpeg had as much information in it as the RAW, I decided to use it here.

Thayer Brook

On an extremely hot day like yesterday (and today) a brook is a godsend as a head dunk makes all the difference in the world.

Thayer Brook