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.

Race Brook Falls with ice

Race Brook Falls with ice

Race Brook Falls Trail. Southwest Massachusetts.

We hiked up the Race Brook Falls Trail (the trail I maintain for the Berkshire AMC) today and it was a beautiful day for hiking and for photography.

I was surprised that this waterfall still had ice on it as did sections of the brook; the weather has been warm enough down at our house that I thought for sure this would have all melted.

There was some sun flare coming in from the top left but I liked the image anyway.

This was shot with the Fuji X70, a small camera that’s much like the Ricoh GR. I don’t have enough experience with it yet to talk about it with any certainty but I was able to shoot with it with my glove liners on which is important to me in winter as I suffer from Raynaud’s syndrome (cold finger tips) and like to keep thin gloves on at all times. And, unlike the Ricoh, it has an articulating LCD which I find useful (not for this photo but for others). The image quality of the few images I’ve shot with it is breathtakingly good. This is a very nice camera and one worth considering along with the Ricoh GR II.

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.

Waterfall in Sage’s Ravine

Waterfall in Sage's Ravine

Southwest Massachusetts.

Nora, Gary and I went on a big hike on the Appalachian Trail from near Bear Mountain, down into Sage’s Ravine, up over Mt. Race, then up over Mt. Everett. Lots to talk about, beautiful day and the only pictures I took were of this waterfall in Sage’s Ravine.

I’m happy with the picture but it was a 5 hour hike and there were many things to shoot. But, with good company photography sometimes takes a back seat. Or, so goes my rationalization.

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.