Category Archives: Landscape

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.

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 on Bee Brook

Ice on Bee Brook

Dave, Bill and I took a hike up to the Pinnacle overlooking Lake Waramaug in the Macricostas Preserve yesterday. The ice on Bee Brook was stunning where the stream braided and the flow of the water was disrupted. Had it not been in the 20′s (F) we’d have hung out longer looking for more patterns but cold hands and Christmas eve pulled us away.

Ice on Bee Brook

Ice on Bee Brook

Ice on Bee Brook

Ice on Bee Brook

Dave shooting on Guilder Pond

Dave shooting on Guilder Pond

Mt. Everett Reservation, Massachusetts. We hiked up Everett and then around Guilder Pond and I caught Dave out on a cliff shooting an island in the pond. Everett isn’t a hard hike although it’s the second highest point in Massachusetts. Guilder Pond is a jewell that makes the entire hike worthwhile. In July the mountain laurel around this pond is mind-blowing.

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

Our backyard the morning after the big storm

Our backyard the morning after the big storm

Warren, Connecticut. We still have no power and may not until Sunday and I’m posting this from a friend’s house in Goshen where they got power yesterday. Anne and I got our first shower since Saturday, it was heaven.

We had a lot of damage at our place, the oak trees hadn’t lost their leaves yet so got burdened down with snow and ice and the tops broke off. One of those tops gently landed on our roof and was hanging by a thread; our good friends at Arbor Services of Connecticut came by and took care of it for us (thank you Leonard and whoever else helped out).

Today I cut up all the big downed wood and piled the brush for the birds to make nests in.

Anne and I are roughing it but we have a great wood stove and plenty of dry wood so we’re warm. We’re using stream water to flush toilets and cooking on a Coleman burner on the deck.

Last night we went out and had a pizza and put the leftover pizza in a secure box on the deck along with our milk and other refrigerator stuff. Unfortunately a raccoon found my pizza and ate it and opened all our boxes and pawed through everything getting red sauce on most of it. Sigh, if life weren’t tough enough.

I’ve been going to the Danbury Mall to use the Apple store wifi network and the mall is nice enough to let people plug into the mall’s power outlets. I bring a power strip and recharge both iPhones, both iPads, both computers, and my iPal radio that I listen to updates of our situation on NPR on.

We’re frustrated but we’re very lucky to have wood heat and we’ll live.

Fountain Pond in fall

Fountain pond

My friend Dave did a great hike on Mt. Greylock yesterday. On the way there just north of Great Barrington, Massachusetts on Rt. 7 we passed Fountain pond early enough in the morning so it had some ground fog on it.

These three images were done with the new version of Instagram on an iPhone 4. I’m still not completely happy with this new version of the instagram app but it’s a quick way to get images both on flickr and on twitter and when I hit the right filter it does makes some interesting images.

I still like the images I’m getting from my Canon S95 camera better and I took many yesterday with it as well which I’ll post soon.

Fall reflected

Fountain pond

Lily pads at The Japanese Garden

Water lilies

The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, California (just over the hill from west LA) is actually part of a sewage treatment plant. The garden that the water runs through is built as a traditional Japanese garden with lanterns, manicured plants, rock gardens, koi in the water, a lili pond, ducks, egrets and more. It’s actually a hidden treasure in Los Angeles that my mother and I visit often.

This was taken with the new version of Instagram, an iPhone photography app.

Mitch Dobrowner shoots storms

Mitch Dobrowner: The Storms

Words are inadequate to describe the experience of photographing this immense power and beauty, And the most exciting part is with each trip I really don’t know what to expect. But today I see these storms as living, breathing things. They are born when the conditions are right, they gain strength as they grow, they fight against their environment to stay alive, they change form as they age, and eventually they die. They take on so many different aspects, personalities and faces. My only hope is that my images can do justice to these amazing phenomena of nature.

They do.

Incredible storm images. Go full screen for best effect.

Housatonic River at Falls Village two days after Irene

Falls Village, Connecticut. This was shot with Canon S95 two days after Irene struck. The river crested the night before but there was more water in it than I’ve ever seen.

Amazing power and no doubt this kind of power in a river is what did all the damage in Vermont.

There are areas along this river still under water today, a week later although it has gone down considerably.

Watch full screen and turn it up, the noise was incredible.

Beaver pond reflection

Beaver pond reflection

We hiked up on Schaghticoke ridge south of Kent, Connecticut and just on the New York/Connecticut border we found the lower end of a long beaver pond/swamp. We hiked along the eastern edge of it and there were “chews” everywhere where beaver had brought trees down or taken saplings down. We never saw the lodge nor did we get to the other end of the pond which may have been miles long so no sight of a dam. But, plenty of evidence that the beaver(s) have been busy.

This reflection was too good to pass up.