Sycamore on the Appalachian Trail

Sycamore on the Appalachian Trail

Kent, Connecticut. Walking north from Kent on the AT along the Housatonic River brings you by a fantastic array of big trees: sycamore, oak, pine, hemlock, ash and locust. I’m not sure why this particular group of trees has gotten as large as they have but for a mile they’re huge. The canopy on this sycamore was a pleasant umbrella of shade on a very hot and humid morning. This magnificent tree is close to five feet in diameter at its base. There are bigger sycamores in Connecticut but this one is up there.

Macro view of fall leaves

Ash Leaf

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This is a collection of images taken of fall leaves from a variety of trees around our house in the past few years. I’ll add more to this collection later this fall.

All of these images were done with a Canon EOS 5D camera and almost all of them were done with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. A tripod and remote shutter release was used.

Because the leaves curl and because I wanted to shoot them with back light, I made a jig to hold them which consisted of two small pieces of mat board with a small rectangle cut out of the middle (about 1.5 inches by 1 inch) so that a leaf could be sandwiched in. This “sandwich” is then clamped together and hung so that I can shoot straight at it with natural light coming in from behind. The key is to get the rig absolutely parallel to the front of the lens (I used a level) so that the leaf would be in focus edge to edge. In macro photography, even stopped way down, depth of field is very shallow so the more one can take care of these things in setup the better.

I hope to repeat this technique this year with my new 5D Mk II and maybe a newer macro lens. Stay tuned.

Future oak, maybe

Future oak, maybe

Warren, Connecticut. I’m not sure what the Almanac says about this winter but I can tell you that our oak trees are dropping a lot of acorns and they’re like bombs, we can hear them clunking on the deck and roof and getting hit in the head with one is a bit of a worry.

I was doing a first pass on the maple leaves with the blower and ended up corralling thousands of these. For some reason I can’t explain a half hour later I had two 5 gallon buckets full or primo acorns like this one.

Maybe I should make a deal with our squirrels: I give you these if you promise to stay off our bird feeders.