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Camel’s Hump Black & White

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Camel’s Hump in black & white

A friend challenged me to black & white photo thingy on the facebooks, so I obliged. Interestingly, this time of year (November…) it’s kind of hard to find much color in the world, so black and white landscapes work!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 115mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/1300″ exposure.

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Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

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Water, sand, and mountains at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado

The Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado is a fascinating place. The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising to a maximum height of 750 feet from the floor of the San Luis Valley on the western base of the Sangre de Cristo Range, covering about 19,000 acres. Researchers say that the dunes started forming less than 440,000 years ago. In this photo, Medano Creek flows in curious pulses along the southeast edge of the dunes, while snow covered peaks of the Sangre de Cristo rise behind.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 18mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/100″ exposure.

Mountain Portrait

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A fine view of Camel’s Hump from the porch of the Stark’s Nest at Mad River Glen

Yesterday’s bluebird conditions made for a lovely portrait of Camel’s Hump from the porch of the Stark’s Nest at the top of Mad River Glen’s Single Chair.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 73mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/2000″ exposure.

Camel’s Hump finery

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Camel’s Hump perches atop fall foliage finery

Fall foliage is at peak right now around Camel’s Hump. This view from Bald Hill takes in a broad expanse of the mountain’s western slope and ridgeline including Wind Gap on the right.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarzing filter, ISO 400, f/11, 1/125″ exposure.

Poke-o-Moonshine

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Looking southeast from the summit of Poke-o-Moonshine

Fall foliage is approaching peak color in parts of the Adirondacks. The view from the top of Poke-o-Moonshine was stunning the other day. Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains are visible along the horizon in this view to the southeast.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.

Spring Ephemerals

We went for a short hike up Mt. Hunger in Waterbury today (dutifully turning around at the “Trail Closed” sign above the waterfall…) I’d thought that, after being away from the Vermont woods for a month, that we’d missed the spring ephemerals. Not so! The trail up the mountain was alive with all the “usual suspects”! In places, the spring beauties covered the forest floor, and their fragrance sweetened the air! What a fine welcome back to the hills of Vermont!

Panasonic GM5, 12-32mm lens @ various lengths, various ISOs, apertures, and shutter speeds.

Smokey Mountain Sunset

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Sunlight drains from the sky over the Great Smokey Mountains

We spent a few days in the Smokey Mountains on our way back north. Watching the colors drain from the sky over the layered ridges was quite the treat!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/40″ 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!

Pumpkins

Pumpkins await at the Towers Farm
Pumpkins await at the Towers Farm

Ralph Towers’s pumpkin crop was a pretty good one. Not a lot of pumpkins, but big. Some bared the dimples of a early summer hailstorm…

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO500, f/1.8, 1/4000″ exposure

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