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Thin ice

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Delicately thin ice surrounds a fallen branch near the Winooski River

We went on a little stroll along the trails of the Warren & Grace Beeken Riverside Preserve in Richmond the other day. Cold morning temperatures had allowed thin ice to form in a vernal pool in the flood plain. As the water receded during the day, the ice was suspended in the air, still clinging to the objects that had help form it. Lovely!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 26mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.

Bluebird day…

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Looking north towards Mt. Mansfield from the summit of Camel’s Hump

It was a fine morning to climb the Hump today. Although there was very little snow in the woods even up at the ridge meadow, traction aids were a must as the trail is still pretty much ice covered above 2500′.

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Going up the icy trail!

In the woods

A little experimentation with motion blur in the Audubon Nature Center woods this morning…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ various lengths, ISO 100, f/22, 0.2″ exposures.

Glacé

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Iced magnolia buds yesterday morning

The season of wacky winter weather continues. Yesterday morning’s icing event coated our backyard magnolia (and everything else) in a good layer of ice before the south winds drove the temperature up to 51 by mid afternoon.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 88mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/60″ exposure.

Open Water

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Calm, open water at Shelburne beach

We went down to Shelburne yesterday to check out an interesting exhibit of rug-hooked renderings of Tarot cards at the All Souls Interfaith center (highly recommended!) Afterwards we drove down to the Shelburne town beach to catch the view. As one might expect from this winter, the lake was wide open. I liked the way the slips of ice had covered the rocks in the foreground.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/100″ exposure.

Wind Gap snowfall

Wind Gap broods beneath low clouds and early season snow
Wind Gap broods beneath low clouds and early season snow

Back to the season at hand… Yesterday afternoon offered some interesting shooting opportunities with low, brooding clouds and intermittent bursts of sunshine. This view up Camel’s Hump Road towards Bald Hill and Wind Gap conveys the mood of the day’s high elevation snowfall.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 24mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/125″ exposure.

Round bales

Fresh-cut round bales in Orwell, Vermont
Fresh-cut round bales in Orwell, Vermont

On our way back from kayaking on Lake Champlain on Sunday, we drove through this hayfield in Orwell. The fresh-cut round bales dotted the field out to the horizon line of the Green Mountains.

Sony RX100 III, ISO 125, f/11, 1/200″ exposure

Camel’s Hump from Bert’s Crown

The view of Camel's Hump from Bert's Crown
The view of Camel’s Hump from Bert’s Crown

Bert’s Crown is a rocky knob above the Camel’s Hump Nordic center. I’d never climbed to the top of it before, so decided to give it a try this morning. It was a bit of a scramble, but I was rewarded by a stunning view!

Sony RX100 M3

Camel’s Hump from Crow Hill

The view of Camel's Hump from the top of Crow Hill
The view of Camel’s Hump from the top of Crow Hill

It was a fine morning to get out on fresh fallen snow. As I made it to the top of Crow Hill (where I’ve never been before), the sun came out and offered up this stunning view of Camel’s Hump and the shoulder of Bald Hill.

Sony RX100 M3

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