I’m as passionate about hiking as I am about nature photography. My primary camera body is the full-frame Nikon D850, a high resolution (45 megapixels) DSLR that produces incredibly detailed images. Since I like going on hikes anywhere from 2 to 10 hours long, the weight of the D850 becomes a real problem, so I decided to get the Nikon Z50, a very light mirrorless body, along with two incredibly light lenses that will cover virtually any subject I find on the trail.
This shot is one of the first I made with “Z,” and I’m very pleased with the quality. Seems there are a lot of mushrooms popping up early this year. The unusual, amoeba-like shape of this one caught my eye as I was hiking around the stream on the Sanders Hill loop in the Kennebec Highlands.
Fall’s a good time to look down! The saturated yellows, greens, oranges, and browns are a photographer’s dream — especially after a rainy day.
Foliage reflecting in a stream in the Kennebec Highlands.
Spin in Maine’s Kennebec Highlands, not Washington!
Beech branches turning brown before winter reach across the trail.
The sky and fall foliage reflects in a stream in the Kennebec Highlands.
Fallen oak leaves stuck in a cascade off the Sanders Loop trail in the Kennebec Highlands. Frequent rainfall has led to streams flowing over the trail.
Fallen leaves in a stream in the Kennebec Highlands caught in the current and spinning in circles. Kind of like our government.
After this year’s snow melt and a recent driving rain, the water level was high in this stream in the Kennebec Highlands.
A view of Maine’s Kennebec Highlands from the ledges of Mt. Philip in Rome.