Time Lapse In the High Peaks

We were greeted this morning with clear skies and a killing frost – the first of the season. Since Saturday, leaves have been falling steadily. Shorter days are hastening my pace up Mount Jo. Amazing how one week can change!

October 15th, 2015
Today (October 15th)

October 8th, 2015
October 8th

October 1st, 2015
October 1st

September 24th, 2015
September 24th

September 18th, 2015
September 18th

Photographed this year from Mount Jo, Adirondack Park, New York.

Autumn Moving

A chill is in the air this evening. The weather is active.

Throughout the day, mist and fog cloaked the now golden mountains. Only later did the sky begin to open, exposing a breathtaking maple tableau all around.

We are now past “peak”, but some of the best is yet to come. The mild golds and deep oranges of aspen still await. They will stand alone in the gray of late Fall. And the tamarack, the evergreen that breaks the rules, will continue its quest to fairness, morphing from green to yellow and finally dropping every needle – if we’re lucky on early snow.

Photographed this evening in Ray Brook, Adirondack Park, New York.

Gothics

The last two days have been dark and overcast. Yesterday morning you could smell the moisture in the air. This evening you could feel the rain. Only for a moment did the sky open up, showcasing Gothics on the horizon.
Gothics
Photographed yesterday evening from Little Burn Mountain, McKenzie Mountain Wilderness, Adirondack Park, New York.

Falling Behind?

Exactly one year ago today, I scurried to the top of Mount Jo to photograph some of the region’s early fall foliage. Today I did the same to compare the colors:
Heart Lake and the High Peaks From Mount Jo 2014
September 18th, 2014

Heart Lake and the High Peaks From Mount Jo 2015
September 18th, 2015

Based on the above, Fall seems to be a bit behind from last year. With the warm weather we’ve been getting, this makes sense. Regardless, I can’t wait to see how the season transpires!

A Loon, A Crayfish, and the Question of Gobies

A telephoto lens opens a new window to the world. At first glance, I only saw something was in this loon’s bill. But when I lifted my camera, I saw that a crayfish had made the menu for lunch!

I’ve read that in the North, a loon’s diet consists mainly of perch and sunfish, but when scarce, crustaceans, snails, leeches, and insect larvae will make the cut.

In recent years I’ve watched once abundant schools of yellow perch disappear from these waters, completely replaced by the invasive round goby fish. I don’t know how gobies taste to loons (based on their looks, I’m not encouraged) or how hard they are to catch (considering their darting speed, likely not easy). But watching this loon work to swallow its clawed and armored catch, I can only wonder.
Loon Eating Crayfish I
Loon Eating Crayfish II
Loon Eating Crayfish III
Photographed August 1st, 2015 in the Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada.

The Snapper

As I watched this snapping turtle lay her eggs, I wondered how old she was. Some live up to a century, but I think this one saw the dinosaurs.
Snapping Turtle
Photographed June 13th, 2015 in the Bloomingdale Bog, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Park, New York.