Mother Nature sure seems to have it in for everyone here in Vermont this summer. Snow melt, Near constant rain for two months with severe thunderstorms over the past week have made the northern parts of the state a complete mess. Flooding, washed out roads, storm damage…you name it we have it here right now. Don’t even get me started on Lake Champlain… all along its shores there is extensive flood damage and the water level is extremely high at 102 feet which is way above Normal. As you can imagine all of this terrible weather has made getting some quality images quite difficult in the past three months.
Spring was slow to start and very cool which is good for maple syrup production but only now are the forests starting to green up and become the “Green Mountains” which we all know and love. The forests and mountains were really bare and brown in color for so long that I never really got a good start on my hiking this year. I mention all of this because I went hiking today in an attempt to get some images however it rained on me once again and I had to return home empty-handed.
It is a true test of patience as nature and landscape shooters are dependent on the weather so much. It has been quite the test for me as I have been trying to roll with all of the bad weather and get some good quality images whenever I can. I have had to think way out of the box this year but I can say that the bad weather has really helped to improve my photography and how I “see” the images that I make.
I am not complaining mind you just airing out a little frustration here. Normally by this time I would be well into a good season of hiking and have the images to show for it. Today I wanted to leave you with an image I shot last summer of the bike causeway in Colchester, Vermont. This causeway was an old railroad track that has been converted into a bike path. This path extends all the way into Burlington and with the help of a bike ferry, All the way out to the Champlain Islands. This area was hard hit by all the flooding as it can only take so much water before it starts to erode. I have yet to investigate but have heard that there are several missing spots to the causeway.
The best part though is that with all the bad weather I have been able to get out of doing strictly nature and landscapes. It has been quite liberating to branch out with my work and to try new things. If we stay doing the same things then we can become stagnant and we don’t grow as artists.