This year is the 700th anniversary of the city of Amsterdam. There are buildings on Hanover Square in Syracuse, which is really nearly a triangle because of the diagonal Genesee St., which remind me of Amsterdam. This little corner of Syracuse hums along in quiet architectural beauty.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Corderoy is an excellent method of raising the trail above seasonal mud.
For the agile, rock hopping using rocks carefully placed by an ADK trail crew also makes it possible to avoid mud and water.
Intense use makes many trails ever wider.
This corderoy is on the trail to Johns Brook Lodge.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Glenn Curtiss Elementary School, in Hammondsport at the south end of Keuka Lake, closed in June 2010 after 75 years of use. It is a classic Depression-era building, forward looking with hope, and with art-deco features.
The text on the frieze:
Seek ye diligently life's virtues:
The students are serious. Enlarge the picture to see the tree details, bird, squirrel and acorns above them.
The newer school will now house all grades. School enrollment has dropped and technology has changed in this small district, enough to render the Elementary building redundant and obselete. The building is for sale.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
We found a small pond, at the point of Hay Beach off Menhaden Lane on Shelter Island, loaded with wading birds. If you go to Shelter Island, be sure to pick up a beach permit at the Town Hall so you can park near the public beaches.
Monday, August 16, 2010
People on Shelter Island have made use of privet hedges into an art. Privet grows extremely well here in the ocean-moderated climate. It can be tall and thick for privacy without a fence. It can be shaped, as this entrance from the street is, to reveal a sweet view.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
We grew up knowing and loving them as daddy longlegs. My mother taught me to be unafraid of them, and of moss. I remember her on that morning, by a path at our little camp on Oneida Lake, so clearly. It is one of my first memories.
They are not technically spiders though they share the same Class, Arachnida, along with true spiders, scorpions, and tics and mites.
They have their own Order, Opiliones,
They are mistaken in appearance for cellar spiders, Pholcidae, which are also harmless. These others are called Daddy-longlegs Spiders, are true spiders, and have two main body parts, a cephelothorax and an abdomen, while Opiliones have a pill-shaped body. Pholcidae can make going into the cellar during the summer somewhat unpleasant.
Arachnologists are using the common name harvestmen for daddy longlegs. Not me.
They are most definitely not poisonous and any view to the contrary is myth.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The DEC regards this 40 acre forest one of the finest mature hardwood forests in Central New York. At the top of open fields traversed by good hiking trails, there is a fine trail through the forest. I look forward to skiing on those fields next winter.
Nearby at the base of the hill is a canoe launch onto Nine Mile Creek as well as a section of the old Erie Canal and an aqueduct over the creek.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Two of the four Merlins living on Williams Island this summer. We think a pair have successfully fledged two youngsters. The young birds are honing their skills at finding food, much as the Peregrines are in Syracuse, soaring and swooping, playing talon tag, chasing.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Three and a half hiking miles from Stillwater on the historic and interesting Red Horse trail, this remote lake is historically significant to Rap-Shaw as one of the original sites of the camp. People arrived by train at Beaver River, crossed the river ( the impoundment was smaller) and hiked in for fishing and hunting.
Friday, August 6, 2010
We spent a glorious day walking from Trout pond on Stillwater past Salmon to Witchopple on the Red Horse trail, seven miles round trip.
Both spans of this bridge are broken; one set is now resting on a rock underwater. Crossing requires stepping across the break in the water. Joli, never the best at proprioception, accepted the task and ever-so-carefully walked across, without urging and with no missteps. Such a game puppy!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
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