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Encounters

Blue sky and wonderful sunlight created many a perfect picture. My wife, Deb, got some shots while I focused others. Pictures here include coyote, fox and bobcat. Not included are their marbled fox and wolves.

We went snowshoeing as a class at Stone Valley. I took a photograph of an American Beech tree. Its scientific name is Fagus Grandifolia. It is native to eastern North America. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in pairs in a soft-spined, four-lobed husk. The American beech is a shade-tolerant species. It is commonly associated with Sugar Maple, Yellow Birch, and Eastern Hemlock.

I've never seen a porcupine so close before. It was very interesting to be able to get that close up view.

As a class we went to Paul Smith's to do some cross-country skiing. This was my first time cross-country skiing ever, so it was very exciting for me.

Paul Smith's is a very popular place of tourism. It was named after Paul Smith's hotel, founded in 1859 as one of the first wilderness resorts in the Adirondack's.

Habitat: snow, forest

What I found interesting: the entire time we were cross country skiing, I was thinking to myself how beautiful it was back here in the woods.

I was on the St. Lawrence River for a barbecue with my entire mom's side of the family. It was a very special time; the food was great, the people were lovely, and the food was mouth-watering.

The St. Lawrence River is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle of North America. It connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. It is considered the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin. It is 744 miles long.

Habitat: wetland/river

I went on a hike when I was visiting Chateaugay, NY. I came across lots of beautiful flowers. Here is a photograph of Penstemon flowers. They are a large genus of North America and East Asia flowering plants. They grow to be about 4 to 5 feet tall, at a mature age. Native Americans used to use roots of the Penstemon to relieve toothache.

Habitat: forest

What I found interesting: the color of these flowers are very "happy" and bright. Immediately caught my eye as I was walking by.

On my walk back from the river, I came across this turtle. Unfortunately the turtle was no longer alive. I believe it is a Eastern Redbelly Turtle.

The average size of the shell is 10-14 inches. They tend to live in aquatic habitats; relatively deep water, rivers, creeks, marshes, ponds, or lakes with soft bottoms and plenty of vegetation. When this type of turtle is young it tends to be an omnivore, as it becomes an adult it turns to being a herbivore. Primarily eating snails, fish, tadpoles, earthworms, insects, and aquatic plants.

I walked down to the river on April 6th with a few friends. It was such a lovely day. When we arrived at the river we sat there for a while, chatting. I ended up walking down onto the sand after spotting a trace of an animal.

On April 3rd our class took a drive to Azure mountain, it was about an hour or so drive. It was a beautiful but windy day.

Azure Mountain is located in the Town of Waverly, NY. Azure is a part of the Debar Mountain Wild Forest, locally known as "Blue Mountain". The roundtrip hiking distance is about two miles. The elevation of the summit is 2,518 feet.

In 1914 the 35 foot tall Fire Observation Station was constructed of wood. The Fire tower was then restored and made of steel.

I decided to walk down to the river with a few of my friends yesterday, it was such a gorgeous day. The sun was shining, there was not a cloud in the sky and it was around forty degrees. Although there is no snow on campus, as we got deeper into the woods, more and more snow was present. I spotted deer tracks in the snow. I believe this to be a footstep from a white-tailed deer.