Cazenovia Kite Fest

By Carol at 2:55 am on Tuesday, June 24, 2008

On Saturday we traveled to the town of Cazenovia, NY, for their annual kite fest and art show events.

many kites

The weather cooperated, producing gorgeous skies for showcasing the kites. The predicted thunder storms did not materialize.

flying Barry's kite

Barry launches his kite with help from Nancy and Larry.

Barr's kite aloft

Barry’s kite aloft.

people kite

This unique kite featured a long line of little people dancing in the wind.

art park

Near the kite event was the Art Park, a series of gardens and an art gallery, currently showing a juried watercolor exhibit.

art park resident

An Art Park resident, singing at a pond’s edge.

last kite

We ended our day in the Village of Cazenovia with mud pies for dessert at the Brewster Inn, overlooking Cazenovia Lake, and a visit to the local farmer’s market.

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The Highest Point in the Town of Maryland, NY

By Carol at 9:31 pm on Thursday, June 19, 2008

This Tuesday our hike leaders, Scott and Doug, took us on a trek through misty, fern-laced woods to the highest point in their home town of Maryland.

Maryland woods

red eft

Scott rescued many of these tiny “red efts” from the trail. Red efts are eastern newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) in the second stage of life, the terrestrial juvenile stage. After two or three years as a red eft, the young newt will find a suitable pond and transform into the adult aquatic stage which is olive green with red outlined spots.

crooked tree

This ancient deformed tree stands in the younger forest, overlooked by past logging expeditions.

colorful beetle

After the hike, we had a tour of Scott and Doug’s four acre spread, including a vegetable garden, meadow and woodland garden. This colorful beetle was perched on a red elderberry tree.

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Van Hornesville Gorge, NY

By Carol at 10:28 pm on Thursday, June 5, 2008

We missed the ADK hike to Van Hornesville Gorge, but made the trip later in the week with Nancy and Faith, photographer friends. A very easy and beautiful walk took us to some caves and the steep steps leading to Creamery Falls. We spent about an hour at the foot of the falls. This spot is perhaps the most enchanting place that I have ever been. The gorge is ringed by layers of rock, covered with hanging gardens and mysteriously misshapen tree roots. “Fairy houses” and ferny glades are everywhere, and the sound and spray of water adds to the magic.

trail to creamery falls

The trail to Creamery Falls

cave house

A tiny cave shelter in the roots of an old tree.

rock gardens

Rock gardens near the falls.

Creamery Falls

The cascades of Creamery Falls.

mid-stream

Mid-stream, beneath the falls.

streamside

Rocks and vegetation along the stream.

rocks and water

sinuous roots

Fantasy forms in roots and trunks.

roots like hooves

cascades and spray

The lower falls.

stone steps

These steps take us back to the trail.

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