On the Taconic Trail near Brace Mountain, New York. Dave and I did a long loop between Alander and Brace Mountains in New York state. The trail crosses many small streams and a few of them have just the right conditions for interesting reflection shots. Between the rocks, beech leaves, tree reflections and moving water this one was my favorite.
My friend Gary Sharp took a great reflection self-portrait on a hike on the Oregon coast.
Clarence Fahnestock State Park, New York. We’re working on the section of the Appalachian Trail from the Hudson River to the Connecticut border. This is a particularly nice section with numerous beaver ponds, lodges, and dams which lead to trees being immersed in water which lead to great reflections like these.
My good friend Joy Brown is in China again working on large bronzes at a foundry. I’ve been posting her journal and images to her blog that some of you may find interesting.
This is extremely well done: the cinematography, music, editing are all top notch. I’m not much into watching expert skateboarding but this video is so well produced it was more than worthily anyway. Zoom it out, turn it up.
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Absolutely incredible. Watch the video, full screen.
Note: we haven’t had enough snow (any real snow) this year and haven’t put on our snowshoes once.
West Cornwall, Connecticut. We returned to the Pine Swamp Beaver Pond and there’s a lot of new beaver activity there. This tree/sky reflection was shot in the outflow from the third dam downstream of the main beaver pond. There are at least five dams downstream of the lodge and probably as many as five upstream. Beavers are the most amazing and productive animals.
Race Brook Falls Trail, Massachusetts. This was taken at a place where the brook drops about six inches on the right of this frame. The turbulence and vortexes caused by the drop on the right affected the water both on the drop and to the left of it thus affecting the reflection of the trees on the far bank.
This is the larger context the previous image came from. I took the previous image first (kneeling next to the water) and then stood up and took this one to show context lost in the closeup.
Kaaterskill High Peak from Dibble’s Quarry
Along the Pecoy Notch Trail on the way to Pecoy Notch just east of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Catskills. Kaaterskill High Peak is on the skyline.
Dibble’s Quarry was mined for sidewalk slate used in New York City but over the years that it’s been part of a state park people have built a menagerie of cairns, chairs, tables, and fortresses out of the slate.
Beaver dam and pond below Pecoy Notch
This beaver pond and dam sits next to the Pecoy Notch Trail. Behind the dam and pond you can see Pecoy Notch and Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the Catskills. The Devil’s Path runs along the skyline here, it’s a spectacular hike that Dave and I have done. Today we just went up to the notch using micro spikes.
This beaver pond is active and there are fresh tree stumps where the beavers have taken wood for the dam and for food.
Stream coming out of Pecoy Notch
This stream is part of the drainage from Twin and Sugarloaf Mountains and Pecoy Notch.
Mt. Race, Massachusetts. All of these shots were taken in a single puddle on the Appalachian Trail on the north ridge of Mt. Race. I don’t know enough about ice crystals to understand why some puddles produce crystals and others don’t but when I find a patch of great crystals like this it’s like finding gold. The only downside is that the gloves come off and one’s hands can get cold in a long session. The day I took these was relatively mild so hands didn’t suffer and as a result, more ice shots.
Race Brook Falls, Massachusetts. On the way down from Mt. Race Loren and I noticed a great reflection in the new ice on Race Brook. To the left in this frame the brook makes a small drop over some rocks making ripples that are freezing in this pool. I’m beginning to see how these wonderful ice patterns form and it’s going to help me look for spots where I can shoot more.