Salisbury, Connecticut. Driving north toward the town of Salisbury I noticed that the storm clouds over Bear Mountain lifted and the sun lit it up. Dave in the car ahead of me noticed it too and we both stopped to try to get a shot of it.
We used two cars because we hiked from Salisbury to Bear Mountain on the Appalachian trail (the ridge to the left of Bear Mountain), one way, car to car. Very nice hike but the trail was flooded with water in places from the heavy rain we had on Saturday. You can see the stream in this field swollen as well.
This small maple was felled directly toward the beaver lodge. No doubt they brought it down for food and a bit of house construction material.
The upper part of the small maple with grass and reeds reflected in the pond.
Reeds reflected in the beaver pond. The upper right hand corner is a beaver dam that spans the Pine Swamp forming the main pond that the lodge is in. There are four other dams that are part of this system.
All of these images were taken with the iPhone and the Instagram app using various filters.
Salisbury, Connecticut. In guidebooks this is the best view in Connecticut. Not sure I agree but it’s a nice view north to Bear, Race, and Everett (mountains). Nice hike with a large group. Spring is here and there are only small patches of snow in shady spots. Yes!
This is the same image that I took with an iPhone. A “real” camera does a bit better.
Kent, Connecticut. Hiking on the Appalachian Trail between Bull’s Bridge and Kent (Schaghticoke Ridge) we came across a few signs of spring including this moss outcropping on a boulder.
New Preston, Connecticut. We’re incredibly lucky to have this piece of the Steep Rock Preserve right down the road from us with four miles of trails that in winter, are excellent for snowshoeing. Behind Loren and Dave is Lake Waramaug (in the distance).
Had a great snowshoe hike up to The Pinnacle in Macricostas Preserve. We broke the trail but it wasn’t too bad because the top was crust. Nice day for it, tomorrow will be crap so glad to get out today.
Paradise Lane, Bear Mountain, Connecticut. After a dry summer we finally had enough rain to fill some streams and knock a lot of leaves down. Colorful leaves under water make for some interesting photography. The water seems to preserve them like amber preserves things that fall into it.
Kent, Connecticut. Walking along the Appalachian Trail north of Kent there is a grove of these huge red pines. We’ve done this hike many times and passed by these trees but today we stopped. I’m glad we did, they’re impressive.