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miles to go

I'm back from my northeast road-trip and I've had a chance to decompress and reflect a bit. Photographically, it was a tough trip. The saying goes, "dramatic weather brings dramatic light and photos", I think my weather went a little to far. The first four days in the Adirondacks were nothing but rain and fog. And I don't mean nice drizzly overcast/cloudy rain. This was full on torrent spewing, fogged in, camera-destroying deluge. Not good hiking weather to say the least. My camera spent most of the time wrapped in a plastic grocery bag - which ultimately became a good exercise for me, as I can now use the camera without actually looking at it. What did I do in those conditions? Well I hiked anyway and I fought water with water, I sought out the streams and waterfalls around me and did my best to capture the area. Sunsets and rises were pretty much out the question, and the mountain vistas I had hoped for will have to wait for another trip. I will visit the Adirondacks again. If I enjoyed that place as much as I did in horrendous weather, I'm sure I'll love it in more pleasant weather.

 

The last three days of my trip I suffered from the opposite problem: not a cloud in the sky, which made for good shooting at the fringes of the day but the light was too harsh to shoot for much of it. It was great weather to be outside though and I was able to hike some amazing trails in the Green Mountains and Catskills. I had other snafus too which I'll reveal later, but ultimately it was a fantastic learning experience. I may not have returned with the quality or quantity of photos I had hoped for, but I have come back a better photographer. In the end it was a great time and I'm already thinking about my next trip...

 

No more excuses.

 

Here's a shot of Chittenango creek about a quarter mile upstream from the falls. It was the first stop on my trip. Yes, it was raining.

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Taken on October 4, 2010