Most days, my husband Denis and I go our separate ways, I to some woods or waterway, he to his rocker to read. But this past Sunday was such a gorgeous blue-sky day, we decided to take a drive together to enjoy the autumn foliage in its last blaze of glory. So off we set, driving north along the Northway (I-87) toward our destination, Lake George. As the miles went by, our disappointment grew as we noticed that the roadside trees sure looked faded, well past their prime of beauty. But then we arrived at Lake George. Wow! The colors here were spectacular!
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
Some days I'm late getting my act together to get outdoors, even on the kind of gorgeous fall day it was this past Wednesday. Luckily, I have truly wonder-filled destinations that feed my nature needs promptly and close to home. Moreau Lake State Park is one of the best of those destinations. I didn't have time to walk ALL the way around Moreau Lake that afternoon, but the distance I did walk offered many delights.
After parking near the beach and stepping out onto the shore, I was dazzled by the intense blueness of that radiant sapphire sky reflected by the still water.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
This was a strange week, with me feeling quite ill after receiving the quadruple-strength flu shot recommended for old people like me (I'm 78). The feverish feeling came and went, with me feeling terrible one day, then fine the next, then crappy the next, etc., etc. Luckily, the feeling-better days corresponded with some nice-weather days, so I did get out to enjoy this gorgeous season. I am grateful beyond words that I live in such a beautiful part of the world, made even more spectacular when our surrounding fields and forests take on all the colors of a chrysanthemum garden. Here are just some of the wonders that awaited me outdoors this past week.
Some Rolling Hills Above the Hudson River
I never would have thought to visit the Ice Meadows up north of Warrensburg this late in the year. Sure, this stretch of upper Hudson River shoreline is renowned as one of the richest sites in the state for rare plants, but heck, I've already been there several times this year to witness them in bloom. But then, a Facebook friend and fellow wildflower enthusiast from Brooklyn contacted me, telling me he would be visiting the area near here this past week, and would I know of any interesting botanical sites we might visit together? "Well, sure I do," I told him. So that's how I finally met Chris Kreussling, fellow member of the Facebook group "Flora of New York," consultant on urban gardening with native plants, and author of the related blog "Flatbush Gardener." That's Chris in the orange-plaid shirt in the photo above, clambering over the riverside rocks with my pal Sue Pierce, who joined us for our explorations this past Saturday.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
After you've sated your senses on the gorgeous color in the treetops and across the mountainsides, be sure to lower your vision a bit and notice the autumn beauty surrounding us at eye level or even lower. Here are just a few of the lower-level beauties that caught my eye this week.
While walking beneath a stand of Bigtooth Aspens (Populus grandidentata), I noticed the leaves that littered the trail came in a marvelous variety of colors. I gathered some in every shade and arranged them so that I could include all shades in a single photograph.