Monday morning was wet and foggy. I decided to go up to Steep Rock to work on a set of color pictures. Usually I think in monochrome for "in the woods" pictures whether I'm working with film or digital capture but this time I wanted to think in color and see what happens. The beautiful conditions lasted long enough for me to hike around the preserve for nearly three hours.
You can click on any of the pictures for larger, better view.
Last Wednesday we'd had a couple inches of cold dry snow overnight, after a week of unusually cold weather. As soon as I'd cleared the driveway I headed up to Steep Rock Preserve for more winter pictures. I expected ice forms on some of the rock faces along the hiking trails as well as a nice coating of snow on the trees.
Conditions were just what I'd hoped for, except that in places the snow concealed rock-hard slabs of ice. Powder snow on top of flat ice equals no traction whatsoever. I had a couple slips but carefully got to the sections of the park I wanted to photograph. Spots that I'd gotten good pictures from this past fall and want to revisit in all four seasons.
Things went well until I'd gotten back to within a couple hundred yards of the parking area where I stepped on snow that covered a small river of ice crossing the path—and down I went. Luckily I didn't break a hip, or the cameras. Once I managed to get upright again, which wasn't easy in that spot, I got back to the car without further incident and drove back to the house and a hot shower. At least I got some nice results for my efforts.
January was unusually cold in Connecticut and there were major problems with ice formation. Damaging floods resulted from ice blockages on the Connecticut and Housatonic Rivers. Even the little Shepaug in Litchfield County had a bumper crop of ice floes.