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Mt. Race, south ridge

Mt. Race, south ridge

Southwest Massachusetts.

Dave, Loren, and Dave and I hiked up onto Mt. Race yesterday in great conditions. Not quite enough snow for snowshoes but we used micro spikes. This is looking south down the Appalachian Trail toward the Connecticut border and Bear Mountain (just off frame to the right). You can just sort of make out Twin Lakes and Salisbury, Connecticut in the back-left of the frame.

We just got another foot of snow so we’ll be back up in this area soon, with snowshoes. Oh boy.

Finding and Shooting ice

Finding and shooting ice

Race Brook Falls trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

Loren and I hiked up the Race Brook Falls trail (that I maintain for Berkshire AMC) and while there was plenty of ice it was mostly covered by a thin layer of snow.

It was a great hike and I didn’t think I’d be taking any pictures when I spotted a thin ribbon of water feeding Race Brook that looked to have some ice in it. On closer inspection there were some nice patterns created as different water levels froze.

This is what it looks like when you find an interesting ice patch. How you photograph it (close, far, etc.) and how you process the images comes later.

For those who care, I have on Kahtoola Micro Spikes which are essential when walking on slippery ground and are much easier to deal with than crampons. They’re easy to put on and work extremely well, better than “Yak Tracks” by far.

My mother at 98 +

Frances at lunch

Los Angeles, California. I’m on my monthly trip to visit my mother who’s 98, going on 99 in May. She’s doing fine although definitely slowing down and fading a bit more. However, she’s still got her spark and gives me crap about not driving fast enough on the freeway. When she stops bugging me I’ll be worried.

Frances at the Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. This traditional Japanese garden is part of a large water treatment plant. It’s an incredible place few people in LA seem to know about.

Because the water running through the garden is so “rich” birds come from all over to hang out there and this day there were many: cormorants, many kinds of ducks, grebes, snowy and great egrets, a few Allen hummingbirds, and many more.

After we wheel around the paths we sit inside the tea house and look out over the place. My mother discovered this place ten years ago and we’ve been coming ever since.

National Airport, Washington, DC

National Airport

Flickr member L. Shanley has posted a very nice image of (Ronald Reagan) National Airport in Washington, DC taken with a Sony RX100.

National is one of the few major airports I’ve not been to over 50 times (Dulles 100s). I avoided it because the idiots in Congress made it close by 10 pm because they didn’t like the sound of planes overhead. Noise isn’t okay for them but it’s okay for the rest of us. I was once in a US Air plane bound for Hartford and it was 9:59 pm and we were rolling down the runway. The clock struck 10 pm and the pilot had to cancel the takeoff because his wheels weren’t off the ground at 10 pm. We went back to the gate and we had to stay the night in a hotel near the airport, at our own expense. This did not endear me to Congress or the FAA for letting them make this insane rule.

I remember landing there once in a small commuter (curtain between pilots and passengers) just after it was renamed “Ronald Reagan National Airport” and the pilot came on the intercom and said: “We’ll be landing at Washington National Airport in ten minutes. Sorry, but I refuse to use its new name, George Washington was a great President.”

Many of us clapped.