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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Reflections, Rivulets and Rivers - Part 3, Rivers

As I hiked the Peebles Island perimeter trail heading North on the West side of the island I noticed that the water level was lower than it should be. The level on this section of the Mohawk River is controlled by a hydro-electric dam located near the Bald Eagle nest site. It was obvious that something had happened to the dam. There are never ripples in this section of the river. And the water is usually up to the duck blind. I'd estimate the level is about two feet lower.




This is what the dam looks like when it's all intact. Granted, the wooden extension is not the most confidence inspiring construction I've ever seen. When the water's really high, it flows over the top of the extension (Duh).




In any case, here's what the dam looked like once I got to it this morning. Lots of lumber floating down into the Hudson I'd say. This isn't the first time this has happened. The "before" photo above was made prior to the last time it got washed out. The wooden extension was then rebuilt. When it's fully functional, no water goes underneath the wooden part.






Reflections, Rivulets and Rivers - Part 2, Rivulets

When it rains a lot and the bogs on Peebles Island fill up, they drain in a variety of rivulets down to the river. Some of them cross either over or under the trail (culvert). Most of the time they are dry.

Here are three HDR processed photos and a video clip.








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Reflections, Rivulets and Rivers - Part 1, Reflections

I'm breaking this blog entry into three parts. I try to keep these things a certain length with about four photos. From this morning's post rain hike on Peebles Island, I've got nine or ten photos and a couple of video clips. So I'm breaking it into three parts.

First, here are some trail scenics incorporating standing water on and along the trails. Equipment used is a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EF 24-100mm f/4L USM lens. These shots are all five bracketed files processed in HDRSoft's Photomatix Pro software using the vibrant preset.








Sunday, June 4, 2017

Boxelder Fail

I was mowing at our Summer party place the past couple of days and noticed that some branches on a three trunk boxelder tree were blocking my path where they hadn't in the past. On further investigation, it was evident that, although the tree had split years previously, one of the recent storms had caused the split to open up more.

Yesterday, while I was photographing the tree I heard a crack and figured it wouldn't be too long before the South half of the tree was on the ground. Sure enough, sometime overnight it let go.

I was reading up a bit about the Boxelder, which is also known as ash-leaved maple, and ran across a well written piece by Steve Nix. Here's a quote:"Boxelder, also known as ash-leaved maple is one of the most common and adaptable urban trees in North America — it also may be the trashiest. Planting it next to the house is probably not a good idea... [it] is a rather nasty tree where limbs break with a vengeance — a landscape maintenance nightmare." Amen. You can read the online article here.

Here are two photos of the tree yesterday afternoon and two similar shots from this morning. Firewood anyone?









Monday, May 29, 2017

The Past Couple of Days

Not that I'm back from graduation trips, I've been out walking again in the mornings. Saturday I went on to Peebles Island with my 5D mark III and 100mm macro lens and Sunday over to Waterford and up the canal path with my 50mm lens.

Here are two shots from each morning.