Blog Profile / A Passion for Nature

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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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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 […]

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!

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