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More than One Way

Scandanavians say, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.”

If you’re not out taking photos in the rain, snow, ice, wind and cold air, why?  More than likely it’s because of your clothing (or lack thereof).   Here are a few items I’ve put to the test for the last five years — and that have helped convince me winter is the most beautiful and fascinating season to take pictures.   

A Great Down Parka – Preferably with a hood and plenty of pockets, and in bright red or orange so the hunters don’t get ya.

High-Quality Layers – Staying warm is all about retaining body heat, and layers of silk or synthetic silk make all the difference, especially for your legs, because your parka isn’t that long.

Socks – I’m crazy about Smart Wool hiking socks. They’re cozy as can be, not the least bit itchy and they last for years.

Boots – I love my UGG Adirondacks so much I wish I could wear them in summer! I’ve walked through ankle-deep water in my UGGS and my feet stayed totally dry.  They’re pricey but worth every penny for their comfort, warmth and superb quality.

Hat – 15% of your blood volume is in your head. 30% of your body heat is lost through your head when it’s bare.  Keep it warm! I’m partial to brims and ear flaps.

Gloves – A photographer needs dexterity and it’s challenging to find gloves that are warm, waterproof and thin enough to work with. I’ve found that archery gloves are excellent for this purpose.

Now imagine all the winter gear that’s available for your camera!

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Tree People

I’m now a card-carrying member of the Mason-Dixon Trail system.

The Mason-Dixon trail is 193 miles long and connects the Appalachian Trail to the Brandywine Trail.  It starts at Whiskey Springs, Cumberland County, PA, and follows the west bank of the Susquehanna to Havre de Grace, MD. Across the Susquehanna it continues through Elk Neck State Forest to the Christina River in Delaware, then White Clay Creek in Chester County, PA. It terminates at the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, PA.

It’s not well-known — I grew up in Chadds Ford and never heard of it until two weeks ago!

For $15 you can become a member, too, and receive a very detailed set of 10 maps with specific instructions by the mile — plus a cool patch for your hat or jacket. Visit www.masondixontrail.org for more details.

The trail seems to follow a lot of back roads but there are sections along old logging roads, through fields and woods, too. I’m looking forward to hiking Map 3: “Wago Junction at the Susquehanna River to Trinity Church Road south of Wrightsville.”  Looks like unparalleled views of the Susquehanna River and the surrounding landscape. 

I’m imagining a foggy morning in June… 

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