Category Archives: Reflections

Reflection of tree with sun

Reflection of tree with sun

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. We love this garden for a number of reasons. It’s an authentic Japanese garden with all the trimmings (so to speak) and it’s part of a city sewage treatment plant so the water in the various ponds is loaded with great food for fish and birds.

Here it is in google maps where you can see how it’s part of the sewage treatment plant:

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My now 97 year old mother has been to Japan numerous times and I’ve been once and we both love Japanese gardens so this is a wonderful treat for both of us.

I can easily wheel my mother through the garden in less than an hour with plenty of stops to take pictures and we get to see great gardening, great birds: heron, grebes, cormorants, egrets, ducks of various kinds and many more.

The tree in this reflection is seriously pruned into a beautiful shape as are all the trees in this garden. There are carp in this picture somewhere…

Reflection, bubbles, and ice in Schaghticoke brook

Reflection, bubbles, and ice in Schaghticoke brook

New York, Connecticut border south of Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I hiked from Bull’s Bridge north along the Appalachian Trail along Schaghticoke Ridge with this small stream as our destination.

The trail was quite slippery and both of us were feeling our age but were too proud (and lazy) to put on microspikes which would have made it easier.

There is a small waterfall at the top of this frame that was putting out some nice bubbles and one of them floated down to me and stopped just as I was shooting; I had the perfect self-portrait reflection in the bubble. The bubble pooped and I didn’t know if I got the shot. Alas, I didn’t. I could have waited a while for another bubble to form but we were getting cold so we packed up and hiked back down with great care to not fall on the ice.

Snow and trees reflected in Guilder Pond

Snow and trees reflected in Guilder Pond

Mt. Everett Reservation, Massachusetts. On the way up to Mt. Everett on snowshoes we stopped and took a few shots of Guilder Pond. We snowshoed around it and got some more nice images but this one was the best I got that day.

I continue to be both frustrated and amazed with the Sony RX100: It’s a pain to use but the images it makes are spectacular. I solved the cold hands on metal body problem I was having with a pair of very thin neoprene gloves. Amazingly they seem to work okay on the RX100′s tiny controls and shutter button.

Every time I want to return this camera or sell it I look at the images and change my mind. Be patient Richard… Sigh.

Grass reflection in upper Pine Swamp

Grass reflection in upper Pine Swamp

West Cornwall, Connecticut. Dave and I returned to the Pine Swamp beaver ecosystem along the Appalachian Trail toward the end of the day to see if the lower light might make things more interesting and it certainly did.

I look for textural juxtapositions and this area upstream of the main pond was calm and glassy and it contrasted well with the tall grass. I’ve uploaded this at full resolution and it’s a square crop from a larger image. The little Sony RX100′s sensor really does record a lot of detail my other small cameras miss.

Pine Swamp impressionism

Pine Swamp impressionism

West Cornwall, Connecticut. Dave and I returned to the Pine Swamp beaver ecosystem along the Appalachian Trail toward the end of the day to see if the lower light might make things more interesting and it certainly did. The trees and clouds look very different in lower light and the big sensor on the Sony RX100 didn’t hurt either. This camera definitely has some magic although as a Canon guy it’s going to take some getting used to.

I love the work of Claude Monet and many of the other French impressionists and a bit of breeze on a glassy reflective surface gives a straight reflection an impressionist feel. Well, that’s my impression of it anyway.

Oak leaves, reflected trees, rocks, and me

Oak leaves, reflected trees, rocks, and me

Salisbury, Connecticut. On Paradise Lane near my last self portrait reflection image.

Today we extended our Bear Mountain hike over Round Top to Mt. Frissel where we turned around and came back over Bear. Long hike for us (12 miles) and we were pretty wiped by the time we got back to my truck.

I like this image better than the first one, the rocks and oak leaves make it even more interesting.

Fall leaves in Race Brook

Fall leaves in Race Brook

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. Beautiful day for a hike up the Race Brook falls trail to the Appalachian Trail, then south over Mt. Race. The leaves in Race Brook looked better than the same leaves hanging on trees.

Fall leaves in Race Brook in sunlight

On the way back the sun was low enough so the trees were casting shadows in the brook which meant that there were small pockets of sunlight which made the leaves stand out a bit more.