washington connecticut

Morning on the Shepaug River

Morning on the Shepaug River

Steep Rock Preserve, Washington, Connecticut. For the past few summers I’ve been leading photo walks for the Steep Rock Association. For this walk (which took place in early August) we walked down the Shepaug River to the Hauser Bridge, crossed it, and walked back on the other side. The object is not hiking but taking photographs so we stop often and when appropriate I attempt a bit of photography instruction.

I was pleased with this shot of one of our group shooting down river. Got a bit of the early morning light and dampness and the stillness of the river in this spot. The Ricoh GR’s APS-C sized sensor can record quite a bit of detail and I’m extremely pleased with that. A bit of chromatic aberration in the high contrast of the tree branches against the sky but it’s not much and no doubt a better post processor than I could kill it easily.

Trees reflected on the Shepaug River

Looking across the Shepaug River at a stand of trees and rock.


The ferns along the trail are dense and beautiful and again, I’m very pleased that the Ricoh GR’s sensor can pick up as much detail as it does.

Moss revisited

Moss (polytrichaceae)

Washington, Connecticut. This patch of moss (polytrichaceae family) is on a hillside in Steep Rock’s Macricostas Preserve which is right down the road from my house.

I visited this patch of moss a few weeks ago and revisited it with the intention of getting a few more shots in focus. I’m very happy with the results.

Moss (polytrichaceae)

Moss (polytrichaceae)

Moss (polytrichaceae)

Moss (polytrichaceae)

First Congregational Church, Washington, Connecticut

First Congregational Church, Washington, Connecticut

Almost every town in New England has one of these traditional Congregational churches and while they look great in daylight they also look great lit up at night. The coldness of New England winter and the traditional white exterior offset the warmth of candle-lit windows.

I’m not a Christian nor do I belong to this church but churches like this one are like wormholes back through American history and as such, I’m both fascinated by them and feel moved when I’m inside them.

It’s been a tradition in our family to go to the late Christmas Eve service at this church to both sing and hear Reverend Cheryl Anderson deliver a "Christmas meditation" (better known as a sermon). If this church is a wormhole back through American history Cheryl acts as a tour guide or facilitator helping those of us who come on Christmas eve to understand the Christmas story in a larger context and connect it to everyday ideas. I almost always come away from her sermons thinking which is just what she wants. She’s quite an amazing person and my entire family hasn’t missed one of her Christmas eve sermons in over ten years.