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Wicked Dark
10-09-2010, 04:03 PM
It's funny how small, but beautiful nature preserves go unnoticed. At least by me. I can't really do any serious hiking right now, so I've been looking for places that are nearby and are easy to trek. Found one that is a Nature Conservancy property and protects rare Atlantic white cedar trees among other things. I had a ramble through it the other day -

They don't call it the Granite state for nothing -
http://wickeddark.smugmug.com/Nature/A-Walk-in-the-Woods/PA041199/1040023934_KrXNp-XL.jpg

The contrasting colors caught my eye and you know how I love ferns -
http://wickeddark.smugmug.com/Nature/A-Walk-in-the-Woods/PA041228/1040024251_hqhpf-XL.jpg

Wooden walkway over what is probably really swampy in spring -
http://wickeddark.smugmug.com/Nature/A-Walk-in-the-Woods/PA041212/1040023988_MXt3v-XL.jpg

All of a sudden, the woods were creepy. I can't explain it, but I liked it -
http://wickeddark.smugmug.com/Nature/A-Walk-in-the-Woods/PA041265/1037926746_33fLh-XL.jpg

Mushroomy microscape -
http://wickeddark.smugmug.com/Nature/A-Walk-in-the-Woods/PA041281/1039841149_4GD6h-XL.jpg

As I didn't bring a tripod, I used available stumps and rocks when I needed slower shutter speeds. All done w/the E-30 and the Zuiko Digital 12-60mm.

JAS_Photo
10-09-2010, 04:11 PM
Lovely set, wicked. Love the oak leaf on granite. They do not turn red here, sadly.

Wicked Dark
10-09-2010, 06:01 PM
thanks, girl. I believe that leaf is from a scarlet oak, native to central New England and nowhere else I think. They're not the only oaks that turn red though.

Iguanasan
10-09-2010, 06:17 PM
A very wonderful set! My favourite is the mushrooms. The detail is excellent!

Richard
10-10-2010, 03:10 AM
Love this set, especially the leaf of granite,

Wicked Dark
10-10-2010, 10:16 AM
Thanks guys. It's tough to do leaf shots what with everyone and their brother doing them, but I couldn't stop myself.

casil403
10-10-2010, 10:48 AM
Love the perspective you caught with the old wooden planks...nicely done girl!

Wicked Dark
10-10-2010, 10:57 AM
thanks much. I shot a few different versions of that little walkway, but that one just stood out most.

edG
10-10-2010, 03:21 PM
very nice set Wicked, mushrooms for me as well

Marko
10-10-2010, 03:29 PM
Really nice and varied set - i think i favour the planks shot here!

Wicked Dark
10-10-2010, 05:05 PM
Thanks guys, it really is a nice little segment of conservation land. I plant to hit it in spring because there are groves of giant rhododendron and judging by the buds that are already there, the blossoming should be spectacular.

Matt K.
10-10-2010, 11:05 PM
Really nice and varied set - i think i favour the planks shot here!

Ditto, great work. Thanks for sharing