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Ponds of Vermont

Autumn Reflection -Bakersfield Pond Copyright Andy Richards 2006

Ihave to admit that this Blog is a blatant “grab” of someone else’s thought over on the SOV Forums, where I am a frequent participant and sometime moderator. I have blogged here about water and about early morning light and foggy conditions. One of the forum contributors started a thread on Lakes and Ponds. I started looking through my images of ponds and lakes in Vermont and an idea for this blog was born.

By most accounts and definitions, the difference between a lake and pond is size. There are several large bodies of water in inland Vermont that are lakes, by name. Some are noteworthy; some, like Lake Willoughby, even spectacular. But there are thousands of small ponds and bodies of water throughout the state. Some of them have names. Others are just unnamed ponds. More often than not they present interesting photographic opportunities, most often in the form of reflections, mist and fog.

The Bakersfield Pond Reflection image is printed and hangs in the large conference room of my Law Office. One of my partners picked it out of a selection of a number of images. In a semi-gloss print, the image has an ethereal quality which is the result of the cold, still morning and the glassy smooth surface of the water, reflecting the colorful foliage. I discovered this pond and image early one morning while exploring for places near my Uncle’s farm in the pre-dawn. This is a very small, shallow pond that has no name.

Ricker Pond, Groton SF, Vermont copyright 2006 Andy Richards

Ricker Pond is at the South end of State Highway 232 which goes from Highway 302 to Highway 2 through the Groton State Forest. We drove 232 North on our way home to Bakersfield one evening and in the rear view mirror, saw the foliage reflecting on the Pond. We made a quick u-turn and headed back to the entrance of Ricker State park. In the afternoon sun, the flat surface of the water makes a great reflective foil for foliage and small mountains.

Ricker Pond, Groton State Forest, VT copyright Andy Richards 2006

The Unnamed Pond along Route 5 South of Barton is really more of a wetland area than a full-fledged pond. In the cold, clear morning air, the fog rising from the pond’s surface made a wonderful subject and several images were possible.

Cool (32 degree) temperatures following a very wet period created wonderful steam and colorful morning cloud conditions on this pond near Barton, Vermont

Athens Pond was another “rear-view mirror” afterthought one morning as we drove from Townsend to Grafton on State Road 35 in the Southeastern part of Vermont. Another U-turn and found us on a nice dirt road which borders the North side of the Pond. We got there in late morning and the sun was a little too high in the sky for my taste, but knowing I might not be back again, I took this image.

Athens Pond, Athens, VT copyright Andy Richards 2010

The Pond in Weston is a man-made pond, created by a man-made waterfall. It created a nice reflective foreground for the colorful treat the edge of the pond.

Reflecting Pond, Weston, VT copyright 2010 Andy Richards

Fairfield Pond probably yielded more color from the man-made elements including cottages and boat.

The Jay Peak image is actually a man-made pond on a golf course near the ski area.

Another unnamed pond near the top of Hazen’s Notch.

4 Responses

  1. very interesting. always like learning something new.

  2. Wonderful shots Andy, how did this year go for you? I take care of my Dad now so I don’t go far from home. I did get some nice shots as the color got down into the Massachusetts area.
    Great article on the HDR also..

    • Hi Jeff. Interesting year for me. Didn’t get to any of my “usual” fall foliage locations. As you can see, no “foliage” in California. I did learn that the Napa and Sonoma grape vines will turn and create “foliage”. Apparently later in the year (maybe closer to Thanksgiving).

      W. Virginia was pretty nice — not sure I can agree with my good friend, James Moore, though, that it rivals New England.

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