BRENT PENNINGTON Views across an agricultural landscape from atop Roman's Nose in Middleburgh, NY, on the afternoon of 25 April 2015.

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A couple of weeks back, at the end of April, we drove up to Cobleskill, NY, to visit my brother and his girlfriend, who attend the SUNY college there.  We bummed around town for the day and spent an hour or so hiking in nearby Middleburgh at a site called Roman’s Nose.

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.

BRENT PENNINGTON Views across an agricultural landscape from atop Roman's Nose in Middleburgh, NY, on the afternoon of 25 April 2015.

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.

BRENT PENNINGTON Views across an agricultural landscape from atop Roman's Nose in Middleburgh, NY, on the afternoon of 25 April 2015.

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.

BRENT PENNINGTON Views across an agricultural landscape from atop Roman's Nose in Middleburgh, NY, on the afternoon of 25 April 2015.

BRENT PENNINGTON Views across an agricultural landscape from atop Roman's Nose in Middleburgh, NY, on the afternoon of 25 April 2015.

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.

BRENT PENNINGTON Views across an agricultural landscape from atop Roman's Nose in Middleburgh, NY, on the afternoon of 25 April 2015.

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.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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