More Bryce Canyon, Good Planets – Oh My! And Flickr

Yesterday I was catching up with all of my email, blogs, etc., and found Good Planets on Flickr – oh my – if you need to see some excellent nature photos (and who doesn’t), you’ll definitely want to check this out.

Here’s three more photos I took from Rainbow Point at Bryce Canyon:

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I received an email from a very good friend of mine – actually my best friend from high school (what better friend than a friend you went through high school with, huh)? She said she enjoyed my blog and all of the photos – and she mentioned photos that I *know* I don’t have on my blog. So I finally figured out that all of the photos that I’ve been adding to Flickr as Private for Friends and Family are actually Public because there’s an over-all switch that was set at Public. So I stayed up until midnight testing that (unwanted) people can no longer see *all* of my Flickr photos. This isn’t meant to keep my blog friends and family out, so if there is a photo you would like enlarged, just let me know! And if for some reason my photos are still public, could you please let me know – by that I mean if you click on a photo in my blog and can see it in Flickr, then I’m still public. Thanks!

And now that Yahoo!Photos is out of it’s Beta phase, I’m making sure all of my albums are private there, too. Again, this is not meant to keep my friends out!

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Here’s some more photos from Utah – this time these photos are from my trip in June 2002 to Bryce Canyon. This photo is taken at Bryce Point of the Hoodoos:


This next two were taken from Yovimpa Point:


And here’s the Natural Bridge:


If I remember correctly, we were up at an elevation of 10,000 feet! I love Bryce Canyon and would like to go back there sometime to hike.

Clark Reservation

Last Friday before our big event (that I’ll blog about later), Dad and I visited several locations in Onondaga Co. looking for beautiful leaf color (which we didn’t find as intense as we had hoped). We stopped at Clark Reservation in Jamesville, NY, one of my favorite places to visit for several reasons (I’ll explain why in a minute).

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Clark Reservation got its name when in 1915 the daughter of former Gov. Myron H. Clark transferred to the State of NY 75 acres of land, which was thereby called Clark Reservation. This same daughter Clark married a banker and is the lady who lived at and created Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua.

Clark Reservation is evidence of glacial activity that once covered this region. The lake is known as a plunge pool. During glacial times there was a falls 469 feet deep which has been likened to the American side of Niagara Falls. Pretty intense, huh? So imagine if the American side of Niagara Falls dried up – what would be underneath? Well, here is what was left from this falls – this is a very small part of what we walked across:

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Here’s a small view beyond the fence to the edge of the falls:

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Between the rocks ferns take the opportunity to grow:

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Here’s a photo of Maidenhair Spleenwort I took on May 22, 2005. I love this little fern!
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Here’s another photo from May 2005 looking back at the rocks the falls fell over – this hike is not for the weak or faint of heart – you really have to stretch your legs to make it up and down and over these rocks:
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This area is also one of the most diverse areas of natural plant life – including the rare fern Hartstongue (which I have yet to find – I’m still searching). Here’s a Wild Columbine:

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On May 28, 2005, I walked down to the plunge pool itself, along the area shown in the first photo above. This is one of the many spectacular views down (this was more towards the top):

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I arrived at the bottom after recording several bird calls and taking several photos of various plants. Here’s a view into the lake – there was a fish that I was trying to photograph – he was too quick for me, but this shows the water is clear:

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Walking along the bottom of where the falls fell is not an easy hike, to say the least. We had to climb over boulders, tree roots, etc. all with the soil being muddy. I didn’t really capture a great photo of any of these boulders – obviously I’ll have to go back, but here’s a cool photo:

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At the end of walking half-way around the lake, we had to climb a huge set of stairs made out of rock. Sorry no photo – I will be going back! For now, here’s what I found last week on the staircases – an old one on the left, part of the one I climbed on the right:

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Here’s the map:

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You’ll see and hear more about this area at another time! I posted some newspaper articles with old photos about Clark Reservation when I was investigating it. Between the intense geology of the location, the vast variety of plant and wild life, the hiking challenge, and the fact that not very many people come here, this is on the list of my favorite places.

A Walk in the Woods

Today Mom and I walked in the woods at the Genesee Country Nature Center. Before we went into the Nature Center building, we saw this milkweed:


Inside the building they had a touchy-feely tray full of nature’s treasures:


And a turtle shell.  Here’s the inside – it felt very smooth:


We decided to follow the Geology Trail:


And right away we were intrigued with the boulders and trees: 100_0226

Here’s a Black Cherry and a Maple growing together – they look like they’re kissing:


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There were several rock fences along the way, showing this was once property owned by individuals:


Here’s a hole that was covered up and filled in with stones – maybe an old well:


We saw this Woolly Bear catepillar (Pyrrharctia isabella) along the trail – I love Woolies:


A fallen tree:


And a tree with a great deal of fungus:


Another beautiful trail photo:


And last, but certainly not least, the most beautiful fall tree color I’ve seen yet this fall:


This fall is not one of our more colorful falls here – believe me, I’ve spent time looking for the great fall color I love, and I’m not finding it. Are you?

I LOVE Fossils!

I grew up in Central New York, in the town over from Jamesville where there is a limestone quarry, also known as part of the Onondaga Limestone Strip. Limestone is sedimentary rock formed from marine life. The rock on our land was shale, another sedimentary rock formed under water, and very hard to dig through, but it splits apart easily horizontally. Every time we split a rock apart, we would find tons of fossils. We also found fossils we called horns. My Dad recently told me that when he and my Grandpa built the first house on the land back in the early 50’s that Syracuse University used to come out for fossil digs. I thought I had examples of these fossils around here somewhere – I’ll have to round them up for you. I just assumed that fossils were everywhere until we moved away and it’s rare for me to find a fossil. Until today. I had taken clothes out of my dryer and put wet clothes in, went to close the dryer, and found something was preventing it from closing. Upon investigation, I remembered that I ‘borrowed’ a fossil of a piece of a plant stem and put it in my coat pocket. So here’s photos of a washed & dried fossilized plant stem found at Onanda Park in Canandaigua, NY:

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Here it is on end:


I feel bad because washing & drying it chipped little bits of it off and left shiny spots. But I think this is so cool, don’t you?

The next photo is of the bad boy that was *inside* my home today. He’s the Western Conifer Seed Bug I saw here. Also known as a stink bug. Ewwwww. Now I have respect for things outside of my home, but once they come inside, they’re m-i-n-e. I got out my kill jar, and put him back outside, safe and sound. Here he is on his way outside:

I went looking in my wooden bowl that I keep my dried plant stash in for the fossils that I mentioned above. I didn’t find them here, but I thought I would photograph the bowl for you. I love wooden bowls:


Panama Rocks

I love it that tree roots will do almost anything to get the nourishment they need to survive. One very fine example of a tree doing this is located at Panama Rocks:

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They’ve named this “Crow’s Foot.” Isn’t this amazing!

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