My flickr contact Liping YANG took this excellent image with his Sony RX100 of a man drinking through a window of a lit building in Shanghai, China.
Mt. Everett across Guilder Pond
Mt. Everett Reservation, Southwest Massachusetts. We had one good day of snow and snowshoeing before the current thaw hit and Dave and I snowshoed up Mt. Everett as our first snowshoe of the year. It was an incredible day: perfect snow, not too deep for unbroken snowshoeing (we broke the trail) and the light was amazing.
Mt. Everett used to have a fire tower on top and so, has an access road much of the way up which runs parallel to the Appalachian Trail. We snowshoed up the road as far as we could, then took the AT to the top.
This is a very nice hike to do any time of year (mountain laurel in July are killer good here), not very difficult but great landscape to photograph and enough of a hike to get one’s heart beating. The view on top is unremarkable and the last shot in this series is looking east through frozen trees to Twin Lakes near Salisbury, Connecticut.
As I post this it’s raining, warm, and almost all the snow is melted. While snow can be a pain at times (driving home from JFK the other day was a horror), a day of snowshoeing like this is one of the greatest forms of hiking there is.
My wish for the new year is many more days like this and wherever you are, I hope you have them too.
Going up Mt. Everett
Frozen trees on Mt. Everett
Frozen trees on Mt. Everett
Dave breaking the path up Mt. Everett
Dave near the top of Mt. Everett
Frozen trees on Mt. Everett
View from the top of Mt. Everett
Flickr member Nathan MacDonough Photography took this excellent interior in Tokyo with his Sony RX100 II.
Flickr member kuvvy took this most excellent image with his Ricoh GR of two people carrying a shopping bag in Manchester, UK.
Flickr member Marser has taken a wonderful image of a small fountain in Kyoto, Japan with his Ricoh GR.
My flickr contact Helena has produced an exceptional night image of a bridge in Trondheim, Norway with her Ricoh GR. I had a feeling she might like this camera and she bought one on my recommendation. I think she’s doing amazingly well with it. This was shot at 2200 ISO!
My flickr contact Maciej Dakowicz has posted this spectacular image of fishing in Inle Lake, Myanmar. What an amazing composition this is.
My flickr contact Liping YANG has taken this most excellent interior silhouette in Beijing, China with his Sony RX100 II.
Flickr member Paul Newman took these two excellent images of the top of the Shard building in London. Wonderful perspective.
Flickr member Georgie Pauwels shot this excellent rooftop photo in Bangkok, Thailand.
My flickr contact Helena Normark just returned from a trip to Peru and oh my, she really got some amazing images with her Fuji X-E1 and 14mm lens.
My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp has posted yet another wonderful iPhone/Hipstamatic shot of the dunes on the Oregon coast.
Flickr member Ryo Mukae shot this great interior in Tokyo, Japan with his Ricoh GR. Great sense of scale here.
Flickr member A.Ky has captured a great moment with his Ricoh GRD IV: a group of boys hanging out on a flatbed trailer in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Flickr member Andrea La Rosa posted this most excellent image of a man on the Great Wall of China taken with her Ricoh GR.
My longtime flickr contact rosemary* has posted yet another spectacular image of a Japanese maple with colored bokeh in Japan.
My flickr contact Maciej Dakowicz took this great image of a boy jumping into the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Maciej has a knack for capturing wonderful action moments.
Flickr member Thomas Perch-Nielsen has posted a wonderful image taken in a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark with his Ricoh GR.
Flickr member mankichi44 has posted a very nice high contrast street shot taken in Nagoya, Japan with his Ricoh GR.
Milton, Connecticut. Our good friend and neighbor Bill Lauf has a “day” job that pays the bill and keeps him on the road more than he’d like. He’s also a fine musician/songwriter and every fall for the past 37 years he’s been doing a concert at Milton Hall, a small gathering place in a small town near Litchfield, Connecticut.
My wife Anne was at the very first one in 1976. I didn’t start attending until I met her in 1989 but I’ve been going every year since and Bill has become a good friend of mine.
In the past I’ve been tasked with getting some decent shots of Bill playing for album covers and liner note photographs and I’ve brought bags of DSLR gear to this concert. This year I was free but brought the Ricoh GR (my only camera aside from my iPhone) to see what it might do in the tough lighting conditions of Milton Hall. I had to get close (no zoom, 28mm lens) but was able to get a few decent shots where the audio mic wasn’t covering his face. I love this camera, it’s a masterpiece of simple design and high usability, a nearly perfect balance of form and function.
There are many things that are great about Bill’s concerts: certainly his music is at the top of the list, it’s superb and he’s continued to grow as both a songwriter and musician over the many years I’ve known him. But, the cast of characters in the audience, some of them our neighbors, some of them familiar faces to us only from this yearly event, is fine as well, and as word spreads about Bill’s concerts more people come and he now has to book the hall for both Friday and Saturday nights. The other “character” that’s in the background but an important part of the mix is Milton Hall and the town of Milton. There’s a reason Bill chooses this venue year after year: the hall has a warmth (heated by a big old wood stove that we had fired up last night) both visually and acoustically that adds character to a folk concert like this and last night there was light snow and it was cold so the place to be was inside the hall, listening to Bill.