Cooperstown to Franklin

By Carol at 4:52 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009

Misty Forest

We began our hike on this cloudy trail to Star Field, near Cooperstown, NY. The scars from recent logging operations had left the trail muddy and slippery.

Red eft

Red efts were numerous.

silvery moss

Silvery moss growing near the trail.

When it started to rain, we headed for the car and brunch at the Bee Hive Restaurant, in Franklin, NY. Following a sign for “Botanicals”, we also discovered a secret garden, its venerable lilacs, and welcoming owners.

lilacs in Franklin


A swallowtail had just emerged from its chrysalis and was drying out in the sun.


The perennial collection included alliums and lush ferns.


gypsy wagon

A gypsy wagon decorates the neighbor’s lawn.

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