Hiking

Foam on Thayer Brook

Foam on Thayer Brook

Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. Thayer Brook is the last big stream crossing on this hike. There’s usually a small foam whirlpool in this spot and I’ve photographed them here before.

No doubt there’s a scientific reason for foam forming in these patterns right after a small waterfall on a brook because that’s where I’ve found all of the foam patterns I’ve shot. It’s like the foam forms when the water goes over the fall but it takes a while (in this case about 25′) for it to collect like this. There was no foam visible on the water between this little “collection” and the waterfall, just clear water as far as I could tell. This pocket of rock was like a foam collector.

Race Brook turbulence and reflection

Race Brook turbulence and reflection

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.

Race Brook turbulence and reflection overview

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.

Along the Pecoy Notch Trail in the Catskills

Kaaterskill High Peak from Dibble’s Quarry

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

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

Stream coming out of Pecoy Notch
This stream is part of the drainage from Twin and Sugarloaf Mountains and Pecoy Notch.

Ice on the Appalachian Trail

Ice on the AT

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.

Ice on the AT

Ice on the AT

Ice on the AT

Ice on the AT

Ice on the AT

Ice on the AT

Black birches from below

Black birch from below

On Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts. Hiking down the Haley Farm Trail on the west side of Mt. Greylock we came across a dead black birch with huge mushrooms on it. Hiked out to the tree and shot straight up hoping to catch the mushrooms but instead got an interesting shot of the creepy decaying tree and the trees around it.

Ripple-ice on Race Brook

Ripple-ice on Race Brook

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.

Ice

Ice bubbles

While hiking up Bear Mountain today we stopped a few times to take pictures of ice. As someone with Raynaud’s syndrome (cold hands from a faulty thermostat) it’s tough to take gloves off and take pictures on cold days. A solution for me is carrying hand warmers and more serious mittens for the times I get in trouble. I used both today and the problem abated quickly and we had a great hike.

Running stream under ice

Grass and leaves under ice

Leaves under ice

Mt. Race hike

Dave shoots a porcupine

Southwest Massachusetts. Just as we started to hike up Race Brook Falls to Mt. Race we saw a porcupine at the edge of a field. This was a beautiful little animal, no danger to Dave (they don’t shoot quills, you have to touch them) so he got close and got some nice shots.

Dave on Mt. Race

Many people who climb up Mt. Race don’t realize that if you keep going south on the Appalachian Trail there’s a great cliff and viewpoint on the southeast shoulder, maybe 1/4 mile past the summit.

Here I’m looking north towards the summit from that cliff edge and caught Dave coming back from photographing some lichen.