Flickr member p medicus took this amazing aerial image from a paraglider with his Ricoh GR. Wow.
This is a very nice “advertorial” produced by Patagonia. A nice collection of stories and cinematography documenting old clothing and the stories each piece has to tell.
I must say, I have a number of very old Patagonia pieces and they’re still going strong.
[via Gary Sharp]
Flickr member p medicus took this amazing image from a paraglider with his Ricoh GR. Wow.
Flickr member Issey Niwa has posted a wonderful silhouette image of hikers on Mt. Kita in Japan taken with his Sony RX100 II.
A short piece on the climber Fred Beckey who, at 89, is the grand old man of North American mountaineering having made more first ascents than anyone living or dead.
And, the Dolomites (Italian Alps) offer spectacular scenery as a backdrop to this great little piece.
Here’s a nice little piece on Beckey in the Wall Street Journal: The Old Man, His Mountains
[via Gary Sharp]
Flickr member Zolashine has posted a spectacular image of a sunset on the Biafo Glacier in the Karakoram range of Pakistan.
Alan Taylor at The Atlantic has pulled together a great set of image from the Red Bull action photo contest. Wow.
My friend Gary Sharp took this picture of me on our epic hike from undermountain trail, over Bear Mountain, down into Sage’s Ravine, then up the Appalachian Trail to Mt. Race, over Race and down the Race Brook Falls trail. It was epic because it was long (12 miles) and we ran into a fierce storm cell just after going over Mt. Race. We got hailed on and completely soaked going down the Race Brook Falls trail. We still had a great time.
iPhone 5 and Hipstamatic.
My long time flickr contact Peter Bowers has posted a spectacular image of a paddler in the Leslie Frost wilderness area, Ontario, Canada.
Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. I’m a “maintainer” of this blue trail connecting Rt. 41 to the Appalachian Trail and I have to hike it regularly to make sure it’s clear. We had and are having some severe weather in New England at the moment and I needed to get up on this trail to see if trees had come down.
This day Race Brook was as high as I’ve ever seen it and the two crossings were very tough. The base of this waterfall is another crossing and I took this right in the middle of it. The spray wasn’t too bad and it was a beautiful, clear day so the Ricoh GR wasn’t in danger of getting wet.
I’m very pleased with what the bigger sensor on this camera delivers in terms of details. Also, the controls continue to amaze me as beautifully designed for qjick access. I had to change meters for this shot or else the waterfall would have been blown out, and that task was a snap.
I have yet to do a lot of shooting with the new camera but each time I use it I marvel at both its design and the quality of the images such a small, light camera can produce. I’m sure that as I shoot more I’m going to get some great images out of it.
My flickr contact Rick LePage has posted a spectacular image of Mount Adams taken from White Salmon Basin in dimming light.
Many years ago I climbed all of the major volcanos in the Cascades, including Mount Adams. Spectacular place.
Ice bubbles and metamorphic fragments
Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. Dave and I are the “maintainers” of this blue trail connecting Rt. 41 to the Appalachian Trail and we have to hike it regularly to make sure it’s clear. It’s about 2 miles of steep switchbacks from the parking lot to the AT intersection. This was our first hike this spring and I was surprised to find some decent ice to take pictures of on Race Brook and in puddles off to the side of the trail.
Metamorphic ice fragments
Metamorphic ice fragments
Ice layers and bubbles
Ice bubbles and frozen beech leaf
Mt. Everett and Mt. Race from Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain, Salisbury, Connecticut. Dave and I hiked up Bear Mountain and this is the view north into Massachusetts to Mt. Race and Mt. Everett. The Appalachian Trail runs from the left edge of this image over the tops of those two mountains to the left side of this image (we’ve hiked that section dozens of times).
We could see the ice on the trees from the road on the drive up so we wanted to do this hike to get some shots of the ice which can be pretty fantastic.
Turned out it was a great day to be out, not too cold and while the snow was deep and drifted in places it wasn’t too tough to walk in without snowshoes.
Mt. Frissell and Round Top from Bear Mountain
This is on the south ridge of Bear Mountain looking west into New York state. The top of Mt. Frissell is actually in Massachusetts but the south shoulder of it is the highest “point” in Connecticut. Bear Mountain, which we’re on is the highest “peak” (so to speak).
Dave photographing ice on a pitch pine
We spent a lot of time attempting to photograph the ice on various trees. The pitch pines were the most interesting although there was ice everywhere.
Pitch pine ice
You can see which way the wind was blowing by how the ice is deposited on the needles.
Ice on a leaf bud
Here, again, you can see how the wind was blowing as the freezing rain/snow was coming down.
Another example showing the ice on the downwind side of branches.
On the Appalachian Trail between Hubbard Brook and Rt. 7 near Sheffield, Massachusetts.
This was the finest collection of ice patterns I’d ever seen in my many years of looking for and shooting them. This was a shallow swamp right on the trail with a small crumbling bridge/boardwalk running through it.
On either side of the boardwalk was a different collection of ice patterns. I went nuts shooting, then Dave found the ice bubbles and yelled out.
We could have spent much of the day at this spot and if I’d had, say, a full frame camera like the Sony RX1 or any easy to use camera I’d have shot even more.
As it was, going from the 100 or so images I took down to the nine I’m posting here has taken me weeks of comparing.
I can’t wait to get home to print some of these.
On the Appalachian Trail near Sheffield, Massachusetts. Dave, Loren and I went on one of our regular hikes from Jug End to Rt. 7 on the Appalachian Trail. As we walked through a small meadow with low pine trees Loren spotted what he thought was an old wasp’s nest. Dave took one look at it and said it was a barred owl. To my eyes it just looked like some junk hanging off a tree branch.
Both Dave and I got our cameras out and zoomed in as close as we could but I knew we didn’t have the reach needed to capture the owl. So, we hiked on knowing we’d be by this spot again on our way back (this hike is a “there and back” hike).
This image is heavily cropped to show the owl and I’m amazed that the RX100 captured so much detail.
On our return the owl was gone from this perch but Dave spotted him on the other side of the trail higher up in another tree. I pulled out my iPhone and brought up the Audubon bird app I have and found the barred owl. There were eight sounds for this owl and I tried the first one. This owl immediately called back with the same call. We stood there for a good five minutes calling out to him with him responding. It was thrilling although no doubt we upset him.
Finally he took off no doubt figuring that communicating with an iPhone just doesn’t cut it.
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West Cornwall, Connecticut. Another trip to the Pine Swamp Beaver ecosystem last week during a cold snap to explore and take pictures.
This is an overview of the main beaver pond and dam from the west looking east. You can see the lodge in the middle and the large, S-shaped dam to the right. You can also see a recently felled tree (more photos later) on this shore of the pond.
This remains one of our favorite destinations on short hikes, it’s amazing what beavers have done with this stream and swamp over many generations and the ice is wonderful to photograph here as well.
This is an overview of the main beaver pond and dam from the west looking east but looking further downstream. You can see the main dam but there are at least five more dams below it going out of frame on the right. There are also 5 more dams upstream to the left of this frame. Beavers construct these dams to make it easier for them to swim up and downstream with food (branches and bark). They’re very slow and awkward on land so they build waterways to safely travel in. Pure genius (and a lot of hard work).
This tree had been taken down within the few weeks before this shot was taken. It’s about 16 inches in diameter at its base and my guess this was one night’s work for one or two beavers. They took this tree down for food but also for branches to add to the dam.
I’m on the west shore of the main pond, you can see the lodge at the top of this frame.
This channel is typical of what you find both above and below the main pond and dam. The beavers swim up and down this channel with both food and construction material. It’s also a great place to shoot ice.
This particular channel is upstream of the main pond.
This was shot on the edge of a channel. You can see my left toe in the picture for scale of ice pattern. I’ll post the picture I took of that pattern in the next few days.
Early in my ice shooting experience I did a lot of macro work but lately I’m looking for larger patterns and this is about the scale of many of my more recent images taken with the Sony RX100.
This shot is from the east shore of the main pond looking west. You can see the newly felled tree on the far shore as well as the lodge in the middle. My earlier overview shots were taken from that far hill and the Appalachian Trail is about 200 yards beyond that hill.
This shot is from the east shore of the main pond looking west, zoomed in a bit on the lodge.
You can see the newly felled tree on the far shore more clearly here.
What’s interesting about the lodge is that when we first started coming here six years ago it was just a single mound (the lower one on the right) and in the last few years the newer mound on the left was built. We’re not sure why, could be an expanding family or that the old one is not habitable anymore.
For those who don’t know, the beaver swims underwater to enter the lodge and has a platform inside above the waterline. The top is not only branches but mud so it’s water and wind tight. But, the water level is important here: if an upper dam breaks and the water comes up a bit the lodge can have problems and the beaver will have to let excess water out of the main dam by making a spillway. Amazingly, these animals have all of this wired into total control and you can see evidence of this all over this ecosystem, way upstream and downstream. It’s simply mind boggling what they’ve done.
This shot is from the east shore of the main pond looking west/northwest.
Dave walked out on the main dam to take a closer look at the loge. We routinely walk across the dam, easier in winter when things are frozen but doable any time of year. Just beyond where Dave is there’s a hole in the ice where the beaver comes up and slides across the dam to get into the lower pond(s). Each dam has a smooth place where beavers traverse.
Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I took a quick hike south on the AT to shoot ice on this brook. I used both the G15 and RX100 and got a few keepers from each.
These are ice drippings (stalagmites) under a waterfall and while it was tough to shoot these I think this image turned out well as it gives you a sense of the volume of the cones.
This was a shallow spot in the brook with holes in the ice so one could see the water running underneath, the bottom, and every now and then, an interesting reflection and/or ripple from the trees around and the rocks underneath.