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Summer Daydream


The weather has been so dreary over the weekend that we decided to take a look back to sunnier days and sort some photos from a boating trip around Henderson Harbor over the summer. How did you stay warm this weekend?



10 Days & Nights in the Adirondack Park


A treehouse glows in the dark under Adirondack skies, and the Milky Way takes shape overhead.

We recently had the opportunity to spend 10 days and nights in the Adirondack Park relaxing under the stars. There certainly is plenty to do in the Adirondack Mountains; fabulous museums, extreme sports, hiking, climbing, competing, shopping, eating…you get the idea, we however, did none of these things. Instead we kicked our feet up and spent ten days unwinding and catching up with some great friends and family. We covered a lot of ground from Lowville to Inlet, visited a real Adirondack Great Camp, wandered around some of the local towns, and took time to appreciate the details. Of course we never travel anywhere without the trusty camera, and after a midnight encounter with a concerned neighbor, we began choosing our night photography locations a little more carefully. All in all, the trip was a success, and we returned home feeling rested, rejuvenated and ready to edit all of the photos we took. Here are some of the highlights:


Chases Lake




A Hummingbird is perched on top of a feeder in the Adirondack Park.


Bird watching out the window of Rusty P’s – a hometown diner in the Adirondack Park.


Berries grow on the shores of Chases Lake in Watson, New York


Adirondack nights under a blanket of stars.


Beaver Lake


Beaver Lake


A real Adirondack Great Camp from the 1920s.


Funky bohemian interior of an Adirondack Great Camp from the 1920s.


Beaver Lake


Fifth Lake in Inlet. Carvings on the donated boards of the public dock denote the names and messages of the people who donated them.


Seventh Lake


Ranger shows a stick who’s boss as the sun goes down on Seventh Lake.


Seaplanes on Seventh Lake


Seventh Lake Lily Pads


Lola is soaking up the sunshine.


Seventh Lake


A bridge on Seventh Lake


Seventh Lake at night

Talcott Falls Cemetery


Fall near Watertown Center

Our Sunday morning adventure brought us to Watertown Center where the trees are just beginning to change and the light looked more like a fairytale than reality. We took a couple of back roads and literally stumbled right onto a tiny, ancient cemetery sitting right on top of a small crooked knoll. It looked like most of the stones had death dates in the early 1800’s. Judging by the sign, and after a little google research, I have brilliantly deduced there are some waterfalls around this cemetery somewhere. I am going to head back over that way sometime to see if I can find them. Until then, check out some shots I took there this morning and how unbelievably good Mr. Jackson was being in the car (for the first time ever).

Talcott Falls Cemetery

Talcott Falls Cemetery

Talcott Falls Cemetery

Light streams down through the changing trees on an ancient cemetery near Watertown Center


One of the co-pilots, posing politely with paws crossed

Photo Of The Day

This morning I had coffee with an old friend, who was kind enough to take Mr. Jackson and I out for a morning cruise on the river. We had so much fun, we had to come home and take naps.

Rock Island Lighthouse

The Rock Island Lighthouse, looking lovely as usual.

Jack & Allie

Hardcore boaters, Jack and Allie, serve as depth finders through the shallows.

Buttermilk Falls


Last summer, Scottie and Jack and I were on the look out for a fun photog adventure. We did this periodically throughout the summer. Some were big adventures and some were misadventures. One of our favorite trips was to Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY. Jackson was so excited on our way there that he snotted all over the window in the car in anticipation…


Mr. Jackson was so excited for a big adventure that he snotted all over the window in anticipation

There must have been a million stairs to the top of the gorge. After the first set I was hunched over with my hands on my knees gasping for breath and sweating my whole face off. This is an embarrassing thing to have happen in a public place, especially when there are really fit people running up the stairs next to you in little spandex outfits. It makes me want to trip them as they run by. It also makes me have thoughts like, “Yeah, if I lived here, I would totally be fit too”…which is something I think about every place I visit and has yet to happen anywhere.


Too many stairs

Once I regrouped, caught my breath and stopped sweating I looked around and realized that I was standing smack dab in what could only be considered the most beautiful park I had ever seen. Solid rock walls jutted up and touched the sky on either side of me. To my left a clear, cool stream babbled past, dotted with green pools where the force of the current had cut deep holes into the rock bed below it. Sun streamed down through the trees and into the water and the air smelled like hot pine needles and damp earth. I grabbed my camera and started shooting…


It took us about 3 hours to hike all the way to the top. We took off our shoes and walked through the water while Jackson took a drink break. We took the trail around the rim of the gorge back down to the parking lot which wound through the woods. As we saw other visitors climbing the unending stairs below, it gave a little perspective as to how high up we really were.

Twisted Tree

By the time we reached the car, I was so tired I could have collapsed on the spot. I took off my shoes, threw them in the trunk and reclined the passenger seat all the way back and promptly fell asleep. Mr. Jackson assumed a similar position on my lap as Scottie graciously drove us home.

This was yet another lovely day trip that I would highly recommend to anyone. For more information on Buttermilk Falls State Park head over to their site: http://nyfalls.com/buttermilk-falls-state-park.html Happy Hiking!

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