Friday, February 28, 2014

Queen of Willow St.

This highly detailed Victorian beauty is officially at 500 North McBride St. on the corner at the top of Willow St. Its owner has taken wonderful care to keep it stunningly beautiful. It was recently been on the market, so you can see many interior details here.

It was designed by George F. Barber and built in 1892.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Seeds in the Stores!

Very good news brought by Green Hills Farm Market this weekend!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tiny Lending Library on Number 4 Road

We only noticed this little library along the Number 4 road on our most recent trip to Stillwater. Next summer we'll take a closer look!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Lake Effect Snow along Route 177 in Lewis County

Two plow trucks here: the first chewing into the bank with a snow blower; the second cleaning up with the plow. Snow on the Tug Hill Plateau is very deep now. The wind blows up here, and it can snow for days.

The Great Lakes are all snow producers. Winds from the west pick up moisture and deposit it as snow or rain further east. This winter has been cold enough to freeze the other four lakes, quieting the lake effect, but Lake Ontario is only 45% frozen and is still generating major storms.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Giant Ice

Water backed up behind giant ice dams has caused headaches for homeowners and some unexpected winter income for roofers this week.

Friday, February 21, 2014


Built when the Space Age was young, the Unisphere celebrates the 1964-65 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadow, Queens. What remains of the New York State Pavilion rises in the background. 
The Unisphere sits in front of the Queens Museum of Art, well worth the ride almost to the end of the MTA number 7 line and one mile stroll through the old fairgrounds. The subway ride is itself an ethnic trip around the world. 
There are other remnants of the Fair to be found here and there: the layout of avenues, drinking fountains, benches, fountains, mosaics, street names in stone.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Double Check

Double Check by John Seward Johnson II rests at the northwest corner of Zuccotti Park, across the street from the massive World Trade Center site.

Originally the sculpture sat in the plaza of the World Trade Center towers. It was recovered from the September 11, 2001 wreckage and needed minimal repairs before reappearing nearby.

We learned that in Jersey City, across the Hudson River and within view of the World Trade Center site, is a similar sculpture by Mr. Johnson called Makeshift Memorial, cast later with the addition of bronzed items including bouquets of flowers that had been left with Double Check.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014


The New York State Supreme Court Building facade in Foley Square, New York City, often stands watch and affirms the activities of people in the square proclaiming the cause of justice.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Saranac River in Saranac Lake Village

This great Adirondack river falls from Upper Saranac, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes, into two ponds and another lake before reaching Lake Flower and Saranac Lake Village. From here it flows north and east to Plattsburgh and Lake Champlain. It's a terrific canoe river with lots of great camping on the lakes.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade II

Smoke- and Fire-breathing Dragon!

Beautiful Giant Puppet 

 The Ubu Truck! Oh wow, they brought the Ubu truck to the parade! Awesome!

Monday, February 10, 2014

...Big If...

Seen today! We can be hopeful, can't we?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade


Adirondack Lawn Chair Ladies!

 Saranac Lake High School Marching Band, Playing with Gloves!