What's Your Nature?

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Encounters

This is a photograph of a cluster of "Forget-Me-Not" flowers. When I took this photo I was on a walk to a waterfall, I had to walk across a bunch of rocks and this is what was growing between some of the rocks. I couldn't help it, so I made a pit stop and took a few photos of the pretty blue flowers.

I went to Chateaugay, NY for my first time this past summer. A good friend of mine has a lakehouse there. We spent a few days there, filled with lots of nature walks, hikes and kyaking. I found a patch of Black-Eyed Susans, also known as Rudbeckia. I was blown away by how beautiful the flowers were; so bright and happy. The colors of a Black-Eyed Susan are so appealing to me, the orange-red and yellow go together so nicely. Flowers are very interesting to me, I love to look at them and research the meaning of each.

For lab we went to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. I wasn't sure what to expect, when I arrived I was blown away. The place was amazing. First we were learning about "Planet Adirondack", after that they brought out an owl and a porcupine. I was very shocked we were able to take photographs with flash of the owl. I am very happy we were able to, I got a few neat photographs of Olivia the owl. We had plenty of free time to walk around and explore the Wild Center. It was such an incredible place.

On a short walk to facilities I found a goose feather! Or is it a seagull feather? A quick taste of spring and excitement to get back outdoors regularly!

This is Sylvia a 4-year old bald eagle that is a permanent resident of ADK Wildlife Refuge due to a wing injury. Her head grows ever whiter as she matures. Thanks to Deb, my wife, for the pics.

These are but a few raptors at ADK Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington. Pics included here are of a broadwing hawk, merlin, saw whet owl and great horned owl (juvy and adult).

A regular visitor, well one of three, kept my wife and I amused many a day.

Ermine in its winter coat. This one regularly patrolled the area in search of prey. The coat turns brown once spring rolls around.

A rainy day for hiking was the perfect time to see this little amphibian crossing the trail, one of many.

Mid-way up an unnamed slide in Giant Mountain's east cirque, I spotted this small garter snake sunning. It was less than thrilled to see me, however.