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.

Labrador Tea

Success. Not only was Arethusa flowering, but more was discovered! I’ll be returning tomorrow to wade through the water and conduct a formal count. In other news, labrador tea was in full bloom.
Labrador Tea
Labrador Tea in Full Bloom
Photographed June 13th, 2015 in the Bloomingdale Bog, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Park, New York.

A New Year

The snow is steadily melting in the forest and revealing last year’s tenacious greenery. Here Canada dogwood, tattered from a tough winter welcomes the sunshine of a new year.
Canada Dogwood
Photographed today in Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Mountains, New York.

The Sacred One

January 4th, 2015

Dreary, rainy, gray weather the majority of the day, but a slight improvement late in the afternoon. I decided to hit the woods to fight off some Adirondack cabin fever. Not far from town I wandered up an unexplored (at least by me) hillside. My thermometer read 46°F, only confirming why the world around me was melting. I shot some dripping icicles under a ledge. The ground was still covered in snow, deep in some places, but becoming patchy in others.
Icicles
Up above, clearly exposed to the elements was a magnificent, old white pine. It was gnarly, scarred, and full of character. One of its lower limbs, coated with green lichens laid broken at its base. It was freshly snapped. If I had to guess, the damage was done from a recent Nor’easter that hit the region December 9th -11th, downing trees with its heavy wet snow and ice. I measured the great pine’s diameter, carefully skirting around the short ledge it was growing from. 37.5 inches.
The Sacred One
As I photographed The Sacred One, the clouds began to break apart and quickly heralded in a gorgeous red sunset.
Cold temperatures are predicted for tonight. The saturated snow from today will be solid ice by tomorrow.

Photographs taken today in Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Mountains, New York.

Winter Panorama

Well the photo I posted yesterday of Mount Colden seemed to be quite popular so I’m sharing another one from that day. I mentioned in the original post that the photos were taken from an unnamed bluff in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. To get to the top required a short but challenging bushwhack up steep terrain and through dense balsam fir and spruce, but the view and solitude at the top was well worth the effort.

This image is a stitched panorama composed of 5 different photographs taken at sunset. The view includes the Sentinel Range to the left and the High Peaks to the right in the background.
Winter Panorama From an Unnamed Bluff
Photographed January 2nd, 2015 in the Adirondack Mountains, New York.