Bear Rock Creek

Bear Rock Creek

Southwestern, Massachusetts (The Connecticut border is two miles south/left) in this frame on the Appalachian Trail).

We hiked from this point up onto Mt. Race on the Appalachian Trail to check the section I maintain. Cut one tree that had fallen across the trail but otherwise the trail is in good shape for this time of year. Pockets of ice that us old men have to watch out for but it was a nice hike.

This creek flows from Plantain Pond which is the recreational lake at the YMCA Camp Hi Rock down to Rt. 41. Behind me about 50 yards is a nice waterfall.

There were lots of ice “udders” (stalactites) under rocks and trees but I couldn’t get close enough to photograph them without falling in.

Bear Rock Creek

Bear Rock Creek

Bear Rock Creek crosses the Appalachian Trail two miles north of the Connecticut/Massachusetts border in Massachusetts.

I was inspecting one of the two sections I maintain on the Appalachian Trail and since I had my new Fuji X100F with me I decided to try out its ACROS filter on the falling water on this creek.

I’m still getting used to the camera but I do like it and while it’s bigger than the others I prefer to carry on hikes, it’s possible to carry it in a padded bag on one of my pack’s shoulder straps.

These images are almost straight out of the camera; I pulled the highlights down a bit to show more detail in the white water.

Bear Rock Creek

Bear Rock Creek

Bear Rock Creek

Sheffield, Massachusetts.

This creek crosses the Appalachian Trail about four miles north of the Connecticut/Massachusetts border. It’s a beautiful spot although most hikers pass by it without stopping here. Just above this small waterfall are a series of pools that are great for cooling off in in summer, behind me is a large waterfall.

We were up here today digging leaves out of a drainage ditch that runs along the trail. This winter was so dry that the leaves never got washed away and are causing flooding on the trail. This is another section of the AT that I maintain so un-clogging this drainage ditch was on my list of pre-summer chores.

I took a number of shots here standing in the middle of the stream and and while I didn’t see it as I shot it, I like the right side of this image. The contrast in the rock, trees, and grass is interesting. Also, the lichen on the rock on the left didn’t stand out to me as I was shooting.

Race Brook above the falls

Race Brook above the falls

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

This is a small waterfall on Race Brook with the large waterfall (Race Brook Falls) behind me.

I took a similar shot with my Ricoh GR with a wide angle adapter near this spot when the brook was running higher but the symmetry and accessibility of this small waterfall makes it a nice feature to shoot. Plus, the forest behind it adds a lot of depth to the scene. The Fuji X70’s articulated LCD makes a shot like this fun and easy.

I continued the hike up to the top of Mt. Race which I’d not visited since last year. I was the only one on the mountain and it felt great to be up there again.