I started with the intention of documenting this nature trail in my town. The trail used to be a Short Line that supplied materials to factories along the 3 mile stretch between 1840 until 1981. I wanted to document some of the more interesting remnants of these old industrial structures.
Taking the time to document this place that I had grown so familiar with, I was taken back to when my friends used to come here a lot, mostly in middle school. I decided to continue up the river as it meanders through our town, visiting other spots we spent a lot of time skating at.
I went on a walk up a hill nearby and took a timelapse. It’s about 90 minutes reduced down to 3.5.
I recorded the timelapse with an iPhone in my shirt pocket, which contributed to the jitteriness. It definitely gets very hard to tell what’s going on during most of the uphill portions of the walk, where the horizon disappears and all that’s visible is the ground. The clearer portions of the video are the flatter sections of trail, which on this walk were rather limited.
As it got darker in the trees on the north side of the hill, the camera automatically reduced the shutter speed, resulting in a very streaky and somewhat incomprehensible image. I think it would be cool to exploit this effect more by trying one of these timelapses in an even darker environment, maybe at night.
As for the most interesting thing found on this walk, I think it would have to be this rubber chicken screwed onto a tree by some mountain bikers.
Documentation of a walk around downtown Burlington, Vermont on a rare 60° day (it’s snowing now.) It’s even emptier than usual as most of the businesses are closed. I wanted to capture the sense of abandonment and muted color palette. I also like seeing how ‘beautiful’ images are created by humans attempting to reconstruct nature.
I don’t go for that many walks anymore. I am trying to avoid the parks (and even the streets for that matter). It is still p crowded sometimes and I am trying to do my part as case #s jump here in NYC. Yesterday it was raining. In light of my anxiety of being a young person who gets v sick from the COVID I am trying to quit smoking. It’s probably time anyways. Yesterday I was outside for just 10 minutes. I walked to the end of the block taking a photo with every step. This GIF is a lil stop motion of the results. I enjoyed this offering.
On Friday, I woke up to it absolutely pouring rain outside. By 8:30, it all suddenly cleared up, and I went out for a walk. There was an absurd amount of worms everywhere. I took pictures of them for about an hour (and was extremely careful where I stepped…)
To sort them:
I asked my computer to sort them into 5 groups via a quick k-means clustering script I found online.
I sorted them by hand, by worm orientation. This was super tedious and it’s not as pretty as I’d like, but it’s as good as it’s gonna get today!
Enjoy! (see if you can find the 2 bonus slugs). I will post the high-quality versions online somewhere…
Fortunately I was able to go out on a walk on Saturday afternoon in the woods of Connecticut and stumbled upon two things:
1.) These wild foam patterns on top of a stream. I’m used to seeing it be clumped together in a corner, but the flow around the rock meant that they made these pretty interesting patterns.
2.) These leaves which absolutely flabbergasted me. There was a bunch of them stuck to rocks along the route in multiple places and I have no idea how they’re remaining where they are, but they’re particularly crispy and act like very very thin potato chips.
I set out to take a time lapse of my run to Frick Park but unfortunately I accidentally hit the stop button when I got to squirrel hill! Nevertheless, here’s the start of my run, every 3 seconds my camera took a picture! I always run with my phone in a snazzy neon pink fanny pack so now I know what my phone gets to see during my runs!
Here are the pictures from my walk the other day. I’m back home and walked around my new neighborhood in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
This discovery was the leftover pieces of the tragedy that happened in my town this summer. My town seems to be in this weird state of forgetting the events, not wanting to be disrespectful, and also having constant reminders of what happened.
I also always forget how red my county is compared to other counties in the area. Though it’s not a direct correlation, the amount of american flags everywhere is striking, you can’t turn your head without seeing one I realized on my walk.