In my experience you can always tell a good hike from the parking lot. If it’s a beautiful spring day, sunny sky dappled with white cotton clouds, not too warm and not too cold, and the parking lot is empty, you’d best keep driving. On the other hand, if the lot is overflowing, you’re at the right place.
This was definitely the right place.
The hike itself was neither long nor difficult, and within a quarter-hour we were atop the bluff. According to my brother the valley that lay below us is unusual in that it isn’t so much a worn-down valley, as we’re generally familiar with, but rather is the result of glacial action, where the ice simply scraped away the land.
The surrounding land is all about the same height, and the valley would have been too, if it wasn’t for the ice.
Roman’s Nose is a sheer bluff; the bedrock drops off straight down until it hits the valley floor and levels out, becoming an expanse of lovely farmland. There were tractors at work tilling the earth, orchards awaiting their leaves, all interspersed with creeks and a river.
It was still early spring in mid-state New York, and the greens were still sparse. I can only imagine how it looks during summer, when the landscape is alive beneath you. Or in autumn. Or at sunrise. Or sunset.
So what I’m basically saying is that I’m going to have to go back someday, in a different season with different light, to try again.
On this visit I was rocking the TG-3; it was a social trip, not a photo expedition, so I left the full kit at home. For a P&S I think it did a good job, and I was even able to assemble the panorama at the top of this post. A little more zoom would have been nice – I think the 35-100mm might have been the ideal lens to capture some detail from such a unique vantage point.