Blog Profile / A Passion for Nature

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So, Kathleen and I jumped into her car for a little escapism. We had a lovey day driving round the Stedman/Clymer/Sherman area, stopping wherever we felt like it. First stop, East Branch Books (etc) in Sherman, New York. That place is packed floor to ceiling and then some with used books, all nicely arranged into […]

Happy First Day of Spring

Took a walk on a friend’s property and visited the Beaver Lodge.  Look closely at all the activity! And this tree, aiming right to the lodge! Would love to go back at dusk to watch them at work!

Salamander Migration

On a rainy spring night with temperatures sufficiently warm and ice melted from the ponds and ground we go to The Pool. We hope we have picked the right night and will be able to meet up with our old friends. We are not disappointed. Spotted Salamander Jefferson / Blue-Spotted Complex Leopard Frog Wood Frog […]

Lunch in Pennsylvania

I planned a 6.25 mile hike.  Of course we didn’t do the whole thing.  At our less-than-one-mile-per-hour speed (you gotta stop for coffee, and lunch, and pictures…) and given our desire to end the day with a beer at a favorite watering hole, we turned back before the planned half-way point.  Still, it was a […]

Crick’s Run

Shortly after entering the woods at the end of the road, we found orange ribbons marking the trail. We followed them and eventually discovered that in addition to orange ribbons, there were also reflective markers, the likes of which I had never seen before. Some were plain round dots. Others were “flag” types. They led […]

Monochromatic Walk at the Nature Center

El Nino is giving us warm temperatures and no snow so far this winter.  While the photos had subtle color in them, I just liked them with the antique yellow treatment.

2nd Attempt

I’ve gotten it into my head that I want to find the USGS marker at the top of the hill that is labeled “Brown.”  All I have to go on is this US Topo map: The first time we tried to get there, we came up Browns Hollow Road and intended to try following the […]

A Sense of Place

It was my turn to write for the weekly column.  Here’s what I came up with: A Sense of Place by Jennifer Schlick I had a peak experience while on horseback in the summer heat and sun of Bryce Canyon.  Brilliantly orange hoodoos rose above me against a sky so intensely blue as I listened […]

A Healing Walk

Came home from Colorado with a cold.  Spent the week taking it as easy as I could and still go to work (or work from home).  Sunday (no hunting allowed in the Park) was a day to clear out my lungs! Only walked about 3 miles.  It was enough.  It was gorgeous! I took more […]

Browns Hollow / Wolf Run Road – 4.3 Miles

I’m always looking for loop hikes. I’ve hiked this one 3 times in the last month. Well, that’s not exactly true. The first time, we were searching for it. The second time, I hiked it out Wolf Run and back Browns Hollow. The third time, we went out Browns Hollow and back on Wolf Run […]

Science Lake – Allegany State Park

I took the road through Allegany State Park to get to a teaching gig in Bradford. I stopped at Science Lake to eat my peanut butter and jelly sandwich. A park history (click here) says the lake was created in 1926, along with the Allegany School of Natural History. A roadside parking area makes access […]

What would YOU Do?

So, I want a little camera to take with me on hikes. Then I went hiking with my friend Barb who has an iPhone with the Map My Hike app, and I thought that was kinda cool. But I’m pretty cheap and those phone plans are more than I want to spend.  I have a […]

Stress Relieving Walk

I’ve been putting all my brain power into a big fundraiser for the Nature Center where I work. On Thursday afternoon, just an hour before we had to drive down to set everything up, I took a much needed nature break. Here’s some of what I saw. Staghorn Sumac: I love Staghorn Sumac. Much of […]

Stay-cation – Days 3-4-5-6

When Stan came in from the barn, he reported mist over the hills.  So we did what any self-respecting photographer would do:  We went outside in our pajamas to shoot the mist! I stole this photo from my friend’s Facebook page. It’s a picture of me taking a picture of her: After breakfast it was […]

Stay-cation – Day 2

After coffee and some delicious home-baked apple muffins, we hit the road for a couple of not-too-far-away nature-y places.  First, the Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area – where I took a very random assortment of pictures. Northern Crescent Big Old White Pine Blister Beetle Bear Scat This picture was just down the road from the […]


I love where I live. It is so beautiful, especially in Autumn. (And winter, of course.) I recently had several days off in a row to enjoy it with friends – some who live here, and one who came all the way from Memphis, TN. Day 1: We picked her up at the Buffalo Airport […]

Super Moon Eclipse

Mom and I stayed up late to watch the Super Moon Eclipse – the first one since 1982 and not to happen again until 2033. Earlier in the day, we weren’t too hopeful, based on the hourly forecast we kept checking on Accuweather.  But when moonrise time came, the skies were clear! Before the eclipse […]

Embracing Art

I wrote this article for the Audubon’s weekly column: — Embracing Art by Jennifer Schlick I don’t remember the incident, but the story continues to be told about the day I came home “sick” from the first grade. My mom says she gave me a bath and got me settled on the couch – where […]

Chautauqua Gorge…

… it’s just so beautiful. I said to my sister, “I sort of want to take my camera out, but I have so many pictures of this place already.” I couldn’t resist. First I practiced with slow shutter speeds on a water fall: Then I just had to capture this 1970s color palette!

Akeley Swamp: (Butterflies and) Wildflowers!

Our first attempt to see butterflies at Akeley Swamp was a washout.  We kinda knew it would be, which is why we didn’t bother with cameras.  But the wildflowers were riotous and the potential was great, so we planned to return in a couple of days when the forecast was more promising. My car thermometer […]

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