Posted by: kerryl29 | May 3, 2021

The Story Behind the Image: Ricker Pond

One day, on my autumn trip to New England a few years ago, Carol Smith was gracious enough to spend a day showing me around part of Vermont. My friend Andy Richards put me in touch with Carol when I told him I was going to spend some time in the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont because Carol knows the area as well as, if not better than, anyone on the planet. We spent a long day, covering numerous spots, and wrapped up at Groton State Forest.

For a variety of reasons, we didn’t have as much time at Groton as we’d hoped, but we did manage to sneak a peek at several of the ponds that lie within the state forest, wrapping up at Ricker Pond, which was my personal favorite. It had been a mostly gloomy day, with scattered rain throughout the morning and early afternoon, and while the precipitation stopped entirely by late in the day, the cloud cover never really disappeared. We centered our location choices around the weather, picking sites that we thought would benefit from the soft light.

By the time we got to Ricker Pond it was nearly dark, and since it was never all that bright on this particular day, that meant for some long shutter speeds. My final shot at the pond–and, by extension, of the day–was 10 seconds, despite my upping the ISO to 200 and selecting (for me) a wide aperture of f/5.6. Fortunately, there wasn’t a breath of wind at this point in the day. Despite the 10-second exposure, the brilliant foliage is tack sharp and the reflection held up pretty well, too.

Ricker Pond, Groton State Forest, Vermont


  1. Great colours

    • Thanks very much!

  2. Lovely! When I think of Vermont I think of lush countryside. And Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby. Great photo with the lines of colour and reflections.

  3. Very Colorful Image! Enjoyed seeing it!

  4. Ricker Pond has some great memories for me. I saw it in the rear-view mirror at the end of a day in Groton, hit the brakes, turned around and drove in. Later, I met my very good friend Al Utzig, based on a shot of the small waterfall, created by the drainage of Ricker Pond into a brook just south of the pond. It has, as you noted, wonderful reflection opportunities and I never drive through the Groton State Forest without stopping to see if there is anything “new” on the pond

    • Thanks, Andy. Assuming I can ever make it back to Vermont, I’ll spend a lot more time at Groton SF, including Ricer.

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