April is a rainy month. And that got me thinking about my photographs of the New England National Scenic Trail, which is more commonly known as simply the New England Trail. The collection was commissioned by the U.S. National Park Service, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.
I always chuckle to myself when I recall the day I arrived to photograph the trail by the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts. I was carrying my camera, tripod, and a large backpack with lots of other gear. It was April 2 and, true to the month’s character, it was extremely overcast and storm clouds were threatening to launch an offense.
A reservoir employee spied my approach and, as I got closer, she ruefully commented, “Too bad the weather isn’t better for your photography.” Contrary to her concern, I was very glad for the bad conditions as it often creates some very dramatic moments that are ripe for my camera.
I was ready with a rain poncho, hood, and gloves with the fingertips cut off so that I can work my camera’s controls. The preparation paid off. This photograph was created not long after I received my lamentful greeting. The curve of the clouds mirrors the curve of the tree’s canopy. Together with the mists in the background, it makes for a very ethereal and sublime moment. This image has never been exhibited and has not been available as a print until now.
Indeed, I experienced the full range of nature’s temperament that day. It not only rained, but it later hailed aggressively. My patience was rewarded that afternoon when the sun burst through the clouds and painted a double rainbow.
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