It was a beautiful day for this hike, a nice little gem of a mountain.
Not exactly ideal conditions to enjoy a hike, it was warm, humid, and wet. When the Van Hoevenberg trail had running water on it, I knew that it would be a sopping mess getting to TableTop.
We started before sunrise, and made our expected time to the DEC Interior Outpost. From there we crossed Johns Brook onto the now-unmaintained South Side trail, first crossing the start of the Range Trail and a half mile later the base of Bennies Brook.
Allen Mountain for my September 46, followed by Street & Nye to get Kathy approaching half way towards a 46 year.
A couple friends and a flowering peony inspired me to grab some photos from the backyard. Overcast days are the best for photography in general, and the ones after a light rain are perfect for…
“It doesn’t have to be fun, to be fun.” — Anonymous
I made a speedy ascent of the short-but-steep Cascade, enjoyed the amazing variety of mushrooms on Porter, and descended via the expansive Little Porter Mountain on one of my favorite traverses. I followed it up with a hike into the JBL and a quick up-and-down Big Slide.
With the exception of the naked trail runner, apparently 9AM was the time to start Peekamoose Mountain.
Psyched at my first black bear spotting, I turned from Old Rag up the Robertson Mountain Trail. This is a steep, constant climb, with 1,700 vertical feet in the last 1.5 miles to the summit.
More experimentation with camera settings and lenses with my Fuji X-A1 at Longwood Gardens.
It really is amazing living so close to such a resource – what better than to test some lenses?
Magnolias are early, tough, and usually face the harshest weather, which is why I like them so much.
There is a revolution happening in digital cameras, and it’s all about miniaturization. We peruse 5 different SMC Takumars in this walk around Longwood Gardens.
More exploration with my Lens Turbo, this time with some Super-Multi-Coated Takumars: 24mm f/3.5, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8, and 135mm f/2.5.