Blog Profile / A Passion for Nature

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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 […]

Coming Soon: Audubon Days at Panama Rocks!

I recently wrote this article for our local papers: Coming Soon: Audubon Days at Panama Rocks by Jennifer Schlick OK, I’ll be honest: I don’t often go hiking places where I can’t take my dog. That’s why Panama Rocks fell off my radar. And then for Christmas, I received a season pass. So, on Mother’s […]

26 hour vacation

I got to visit one of my favorite places in the world yesterday and today.  I tramped around in the mud finding and losing and finding secret places.  I sat on the porch in the morning and watched and listened to the birds (including Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, and Yellow Warbler, just to mention the […]

Ridiculously Excited

This article appeared on the Nature Center blog and in local papers: Photography Intensive by Jennifer Schlick I am ridiculously excited by the lineup of instructors for the Nature Center’s June 20, 2015 Photography Intensive!  The talent and experience of the instructors is top-notch.  This is a real opportunity to rub elbows with many fine […]

Jakes Rocks

It was my turn to write for the newspaper this week. Mini-Adventure at Jakes Rocks by Jennifer Schlick One of my friends is on a cross-country adventure with her daughter. I’m enjoying her regular posts of photos and quick snippets of story line. Ice on her tent, but a beautiful view. Fishing for trout. Dinner […]

Panama Rocks

I got to spend Mother’s Day at Panama Rocks with my family. It’s not an easy place to photograph. If it is a sunny day, the contrasty light makes it very challenging. It was quite sunny when we arrived, but clouds rolled in as our hike continued. It was a hot day. But the rocks […]

More Spring Wildflowers – JCC’s College Park

Thank you, Barbara, for making me “pay up” on my promise to take you on a wildflower walk.  And thank you, Kathleen, for joining us.  I think we made quite a (digital) haul!  I’m listing only the stuff we saw blooming.  There were also leaves of things that have already bloomed, and leaves of things […]

Spring Wildflowers

Seems like forever since I crawled around on the forest floor taking wildflower pictures.  Here’s what I saw on a quick 1/2 hour walk at Jamestown Community College’s “College Park” today: Trailing Arbutus: (OK, actually, this was over at Roger Tory Peterson Institute.) Cut-leaved Toothwort: Hepatica: Yellow Violet: Sessile-leaved Bellwort (aka Wild Oats): Marsh Marigold: […]

River Otter

What better way to start my Monday morning than to watch a River Otter playing in the back yard and eating fish?

Screech Owl!

Today, the guys were checking the Woodduck boxes and ran across two Eastern Screech Owls. One was already banded. The other (pictured below) got some new bling today!

France Brook Road

It was a gray and rainy day, but we never let that stop us from a nice hike!  I took the opportunity to shoot a bunch of photos some of which might end up as my Assignment #2 for the photography class I’m taking at Jamestown Community College. In winter, France Brook Road in Allegany […]

Just Say No

Today, I gave a talk at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown.  I’ll include the reading and hymn numbers here, just in case you are UU and might like to know. Just Say No Jennifer Schlick Sunday, January 11, 2015 Opening Hymn #360 – Here We Have Gathered Welcome and Announcements Prelude Chalice Lighting – […]


Today marks the solstice. It was a gray, heavily overcast day. Dark at night. Dark in the day. Well, at least not bright. There was a bit of snow on the ground, but not much. A perfect blend of autumn and winter to mark the solstice. Much as I would love to see a lot […]

Christmas Bird Count

This is the 115th year that people all over the continent to count birds. I joined a team this morning down at Audubon. Temps were in the high 30s. Walking was challenging. The slowly thawing foot of snow covered with a quarter inch of ice was noisy and difficult. I have to wonder how many […]

Wildflowers of Nova Scotia

I’ve never been to Nova Scotia.  I would like to go.  Especially now that I have SIX photos in a book about the wildflowers of Nova Scotia! First up is American Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium Americana) on page 59.  This TINY flower was hard to photograph until I got my 10X magnifier which screws on to […]

Wolf Run Road

I needed to hike.  And I needed a fairly flat road.  Wolf Run Road, off Route 280 was the perfect spot.  It’s a part of Allegany State Park, though not a part that the average visitor visits. I was a little worried about hunters.  As we walked, I realized that even though the tire tracks […]

Around Spatterdock Pond

One month ago today I leaned over to pick up my dog and toss her into the back seat of the car. Snap! My back went out! It’s been quite a month of doctor, chiropractor, and physical therapy appointments and exercises. I’m not fully recovered yet, but getting close! Today I walked one mile around […]

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