Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wake Robin Farm

Meet Meg Schader who, along with her husband Bruce and son Hugh, are developing Wake Robin Farm, first a thriving vegetable farm with a CSA...Community Supported of one hundred devoted subscribers including us, now a thriving dairy farm where they make their own yogurt and cheese, and bottle their own milk with the cream on top!
We feel proud to know them when we see their products where we shop at Syracuse Real Food Coop and Green Hills Market as well as many other local and regional stores. This is Meg at last  Saturday's Syracuse Regional Market.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Burrowing Crows

I think the crow is my favorite bird. It is smart, works within community, talks in interesting ways, is curious, has a sense of humor, is crafty, keeps tabs on the family, cleans up the roads. So far I have not found out how to convince even a single crow that I meant it no harm.
These crows come regularly, about 20 of them in all, because I started putting corn on the ground. Lately the corn has been covered by two snowfalls, so the crows here are hard at work recovering it from up to 8 inches of new wet snow.
They pick up and fly at any motion or sound they detect from inside the house.
A red tail hawk hangs around the neighborhood, happy that we are drawing in smaller birds. One time, as it sat high in the black walnut, six or seven crows came up one at a time and silently gathered, unperturbed, sitting near and all around the red tail, just putting it on notice. Finally the red tail flew off.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Working Glass at Corning

Glassmakers have learned to move continuously. If they stop, with molten glass taking shape at the end of a rod, the glass will obey gravity. Twirling the piece is the first essential, and how it takes shape depends on many factors... keeping correct heat, blowing, adding additional molten glass, shaping with a variety of tools, and always the twirling. Concentration and coordination! This demonstration occurs many times every day at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning NY.
Ed works in Corning several days a month, and I get to explore, learn and photograph.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Winona State Forest in Mannsville, north of Syracuse, has miles and miles of dog, ski and snow machine trails.
The event is a non-sanctioned weekend of practice and informal competition. To me it seemed like a lot of fun, and extraordinarily complicated to get all the stuff, dogs and people there and ready to go, and to coordinate several timed races each day.
This team is just starting out on a 10 mile run. They've been psyched for hours. This is what they live for and love!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Plow and Salt

Heading toward Tupper Lake on the way home from Saranac Lake last Sunday.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Saranac Lake: Winter Carnival Parade

Here comes the Bloomingdale School! This captures a lot about the Saranac Lake region and its people - Main St. of the historic town and its hilly backdrop, the spirit of the annual Winter Carnival, and a ton of totally fun, non-Disney, non-franchise creativity! 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Saranac Lake: Winter Carnival Parade

Saranac Lake High School Marching Band: gloves, long johns and serious footwear!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Saranac Lake: Winter Carnival Parade

Adirondack Green Circle-local growers and the eaters who support them!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saranac Lake: Winter Carnival Parade

Adirondack Lawn Chair Ladies precision marching team...high art! Awesome!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Saranac Lake: Winter Carnival Ice Palace 2010

The theme this year: Adirondack Cowboy. There are Ed and Joli! Pictures of the parade coming up next....

Friday, February 12, 2010

Adirondacks at the Long Lake bridge

Getting back to the woods after our mid-western sojourn, on a crystal clear February day; seeing the views again for the very first time and knowing what the views from on top of those mountains look like too... bliss.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bald Eagles in Syracuse

Taken at the point where Onondaga Creek comes into Onondaga Lake, locals will recognize the wonderful smoke stack of the old Will and Baumer candle company nearby. 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

This was just outside our door. I don't know if it involved one bird or two. There was no other evidence.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


We are reminded by our 2010 Missouri Botanical Garden Calendar that the Orchid Show is on about now. What a joy that was to see last year when we lived in St. Louis. If you are out that way, do not miss it! 

Friday, February 5, 2010

Tribute to Bob Crowe

Bob keeps the light shining and the camera focused on St. Louis, our old (temporary) hometown. We miss you! And we miss St. Louis!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Shako:wi Cultural Center

Shako:wi Cultural Center: this magnificent log structure houses history, culture and artifacts of the Oneida Indians and is located 25 miles east of Syracuse.

The Oneidas were and are the eastern neighbors of the Onondagas, upon whose homelands Syracuse is built.

The log structure is a beautiful work of craft and art that took two years to build with logs cut in the old growth forest of the Adirondacks by special permission.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Moon and the Dome

If you are following collegiate basketball, then you know there are sold-out crowds at the dome these days!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

State Tower Building

Another building fitted into an irregular space on Genesee St.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Theme Day: Wood

Never harvested when this tract at Clark Reservation was cut, then a habitat tree for generations of forest dwellers, now this old tree is gradually giving up to gravity.

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