ARCHIVED COMMENTS - chronologically for December of 2020 through current month of 2021 with links to photos. To reach photo pages before this date, use the category list on homepage.

6 November 2020
After spending the summer and early autumn photographing closeups of weeds (one of which reportedly contributed to the death of Abraham Lincoln's mother in 1818), and finding a Giant Puffball in our backyard that grew to 14" in diamenter; I now shift gears and continue to walk the nearby trails, keeping an eye peeled for the many interesting things that the colder weather promises to bring.

7 & 9 December 2020
With cooler weather, and some much needed rains, we now have a combination of some ice, snow and fresh bubbling waters flowing at the Galway Nature Preserve.
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10 December 2020
Oh, look at what we saw at the Galway Nature Preserve today!
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23 December 2020
More of a work-out at the Galway Nature Preserve today - but exciting results!
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used the pictured cleats for all winter walking

27 December 2020
Rough icy walking today at the Galway Nature Preserve. However, once again, some interesting pictures appeared in the rushing cold waters!
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3 January 2021
Stopped at the Schoharie Crossing today. 32 degrees but felt much colder with breeze off the flowing waters. Water was low enough to enable us to walk about midway across on the the ice and snow. So interesting to see the raised islets because of the lower water flow. Check out the following shots taken in the shivering cold!
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5 January 2021
Beautiful day for walking, gray skies with nice fresh winter air. We didn't see the beavers at the Galway Preserve today, but did get a couple shots testifying that they are there!
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10 January 2021
A wonderful cold morning at the Schoharie Creek. Spent over an hour walking along the edge of the Schoharie up to where it empties into the Mohawk River. See one expression of tranquility.
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22 January 2021
Another gray day with glimpses of sun, some snow flurries and a bit of sleet. Saw a new exit cut up through the ice by beavers who came up out of, crossed our hiking trail and went up the slope to cut more saplings. We didn't catch them in the act, but did see their muddy footprints
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23 January 2021
Ah, it was a bright and beautiful sunny day today - BUT, oh, so cold along the Schoharie Creek. 17º with strong gusts of wind. But this is what we look for, knowing that nature paints her best under extreme conditions.
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31 January 2021
6º below zero this morning. Check back later to see if we've been brave enough to go meet the elements. --Later: Went for our walk at a much warmer 12º. Found that an angel had fallen, or was it a child enjoying the snow at the Beaver pond today?
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16 February 2021
Awoke to no power after a middle of the night sleet storm. Was scheduled for a 9 o'clock appointment in Saratoga this morning and by the time the generator was powered up, the main power had come back. We found roads not too bad so off we went. On way home, we pulled into the Woods Hollow parking lot, saw tracks for one person which we followed until getting lost. We retraced our tracks and eventually were back on the trail. A refreshing time amidst the beautiful ice covered branches along the way.
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20 February 2021
We decided to drive down to Schoharie County this morning. Being that 'one' of us wasn't shod appropriately, it put a limit upon how much hiking could be done. However, we stopped at Minekill Falls and carefully hiked down to the Overlook. Then on the way back home, I shot the stark view of Vroman's Nose from the side of Rt. 30. A beautiful day overall, complete clouds to some sunshine and the usual icy going.
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23 February 2021
My motto is 'never give up'. So, three days after going into Minekill Falls completely unprepared for hiking to the bottom, we struck out again today. Wow! am I ever so glad we did (however, we did not do the entire hike to NYC).
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25 February 2021
Today, we took a quick jaunt over to the Schoharie Crossing Site at Rt. 5S in Montgomery County. Walked a bit on the Canalway Trail while viewing the melting of the ice on the Schoharie and seeing the animal tracks crossing this way and that. Shot the bridge in the mid-afternoon sun and a couple views up and down the flowing waters.
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28 February 2021
Watch your step today on the bridge at the Galway Nature Preserve. Conditions are changing with the oncoming Spring!
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1 March 2021
Meteorological Spring has begun! Ice starting to melt in the Beaver Pond at the Galway Nature Preserve and the trails are changing their dress from winter white to a pattern of tiny dried leaf stems.
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9 March 2021
It has been a wonderful winter for hiking the trails at the Galway Nature Preserve. The snow we received in December and thereafter, stayed on the ground, packing down with each hiker and dog that passed through. Now, the snow is receding and the brooks are opening up, presenting delightful color contrasts as they transition into spring.
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11 March 2021
Our first really warm day with sunshine. It had been 59º today, but the sun disappeared by the time we reached the Galway Nature Preserve this afternoon with the temperature around 10ºs lower. The brook, with snowmelt, was running rapidly into the beaver pond. The trail has been littered with gnawed saplings and small branches of trees. We are amazed at how busy these beavers have been this Spring.
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13 March 2021
The thermometer read 34º this morning, so we took a quick trip over to the Schoharie Crossing. Oh, the wind was blasting, almost blowing us off our feet. We saw some geese landing on the creek and we saw their tracks up and down the shoreline. I took advantage of the water being low and quickly shot a couple closeups of the old Aquaduct. Would like to have done more, but brrrrrrrrrrrr!
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20 March 2021
First day of Astronomical Spring. Saw this lone gull hunting on a island spit in the Schoharie Creek at Fort Hunter.
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21 March 2021
Schoharie Reservoir area bridge . . . Still waters run deep at Gilboa, & Spring work in the Schoharie Valley.
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22 March 2021
Looking out the kitchen window this morning, my husband saw this unusually colored robin along with a normal one. I rushed to get my camera and shot through the window. We did see some of these Partial Albino (leucistic) Robins last year, but this is the first time I was able to get my camera in time to capture one before it flew away.
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30 March 2021
Hurray, a sunny day, mid 50s! Took advantage, and drove over to Fort Hunter again. It was beautiful walking along the shore of the Schoharie and Mohawk. Light breeze and gentle sun. Heard these Killdeer long before our eyes could capture them.
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18 April 2021
Our very friendly Partial Albino (leucistic) Robin
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27 April 2021
Our Partial Albino (leucistic) Robin along with regular American Robin
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6 May 2021
We espied this beautiful Canada Goose in the waters right next to the trail at Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve in the Town of Clifton Park, Saratoga County, NY. (when viewing photo, as usual, click for larger view)
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10, 11 May 2021
Until our apple tree trimmings get cleared off the lawn, they provide our birds with a nice place to perch, and for me a shooting opportunity. Our maple trees are another great place for them to enjoy.
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20 May 2021
Taking in the beauty of Schoharie Crossing again today. The Schoharie Creek is running full, bumping against the grassy banks. Hard to believe that a short time ago, we were walking all over the creek bed. Sunshine and blue skies with pleasant temperature. A great place to relax and enjoy the quiet times.
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21 May 2021
We walked part of the Bog Meadow Trail for the first time today. The Meadowbrook Preserve Lands are just east of Saratoga Springs and is an excellent spot for bird watching and wild flowers. Photo of the female Red Wing Blackbird was shot in one of the bog areas, as well as the Catbird and the Green Heron at top of a tree on our way off the trail.
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22 May 2021
Today, we walked again on the Bog Meadow Trail and saw this Blue Heron next to the reeds across the way. Also, was surprised to find a Partial Albino (leucistic) Robin at this place similar to the ones we have in our own backyard.
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26 May 2021
With a small green worm in her mouth, robin is ready to fly back to nest.
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29 May 2021
Before the rains resumed this morning, I caught this Flicker probing for insects in the old stump near our house, seeming to say "are you spying on me?". Next shot she said, ok, I'll pose nicely.
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6 June 2021
We have gone to the Bog Meadow Preserve several times looking for the Glossy Ibis. Unfortunately, we have not been lucky enough to have seen it. However, I did capture a Mourning Dove strolling along the trail in front of us, and another picture of the Blue Heron that actually looked like a stump until viewed through the lens. My first shot of the Blue Heron was on May 22nd
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10 June 2021
After three days of unbearable heat and humidity, we woke to a crisp invigorating air this morning. Hurried through pre-breakfast chores and after eating, hit the road for Peebles Island at Cohoes. It was incredibly beautiful walking the trail overlooking the Mohawk river. The waters of the Mohawk were extremely low today and below us, the striking composition of bedrock and water drew my attention. After viewing the photo on computer back at the house, I was much surprised to see turtles, each one, with a smaller one beside them on the bedrock. After studying what kind they might be, I'm leaning towards the Common Map turtle. They have serrated edge back end of shell and one is much smaller. Females sometimes grow quite large, up to around 12 inches while the males normally reach only about half that size, up to about 6 inches.
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11 June 2021
Another gorgeous day for taking the camera off the shelf. We drove to Schoharie County where news was that a Snowy Owl had taken up residence since March of this year. Thanks to a very welcoming family on whose property this owl has chosen for his home, we were able to locate and photograph it as it was consuming it's prey.
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26 June 2021
After experiencing several days of cool weather, some very hot and humid days are now upon us. Have only left the air conditioning once for a quick tour of our backyard. Our leucistic robin is nesting again and is very busy flying around the yard hunting worms to feed her latest brood. One picture shown is a probable hatchling from her last setting. Photo 3 below, she is looking right at us!
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5 July 2021
Since it rained the 3rd and 4th of July, today's weather was very welcome, not too hot and not too cold! A visit to Peebles Island was in order, so off we went. Just love the tenacity of this old tree clinging to life above the Mohawk river as shown in Photo 1. The second photo, I believe, is an immature Iceland Gull. Third photo is either a Black Duck or a Mallard hybrid.
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12 July 2021
It rained all through the night last night and through this morning. By the time we had lunch, it was really too late to strike out for hiking and taking pictures. However, our own backyard served just as well. This immature cardinal cooperated by flying across my path and posing in the shrub beyond the lawns edge.
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13 July 2021
It was still very gray today, but at least the rain had taken a bit of a break. We drove to the Crescent Power Plant where we had learned of an Osprey's nest. While shooting a few photos (see very low resolution photo 3 below), we met a lady and in conversation, she kindly refered us to a spot where we might see an eagle. In fact, we followed her out to a place in Cohoes and upon parking, sure enough, there was an eagle bravely trying to dry himself from the early morning's drenching rain. Got my first shots ever of an eagle! From there, we drove to Peebles Island where we witnessed the cutest contact between a mother deer and her fawn.
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20 July 2021
Being a beautiful morning after so much rain, we drove down to the Ballston Lake Fishing Pier. There were several fishermen there along with some children who were having a great time as fish nibbled on their lines. Along the walkway to the dock, we were delighted see two painted turtles of which I immediately began photographing.
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21 July 2021
We had not been back to Mine Kill Falls since hiking down this past winter and capturing the frozen face of the vernal falls. Today, was quite different since we have had rain on top of rain. Instead of the white of winter, we were greeted today with the rushing chocolate brown waters.
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24 July 2021
It was a plesant morning, just perfect for a walk on the Bog Meadow Brook trail off of Rt. 29 out of Saratoga Springs. While relaxing at one of the viewing areas, a Cedar Waxwing landed in a dead tree ahead of us. He seemed quite tame as he flew back over our heads and back again to his perching area.
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4 August 2021
After a week and a half of property maintance at home, we finally took a break and hit the trail again. Today we stopped to view the Cohoes Water Falls from the four-acre Falls View Park which is located adjacent to Brookfield’s School Street Hydroelectric Plant on North Mohawk Street in Cohoes, New York. This area includes a 192-foot pedestrian bridge and an eighty-six step stairway down for closer views of the Falls. While there, in additon to the Falls, I caught a tiny little bird on the barbed wire fence. At Vischer's Ferry on the way home, we found some Yellow Loosestrife and after that, at the Ballston Lake Fishing Pier I took a picture of one of the Water Lilies while it was still quite beautiful.
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15 August 2021
In driving around Delaware County where my cestors settled ca. 1800, I caught a quick glimpse of an egret in the mud flats below. By the time we parked the car, hopped out and crossed the busy road, the egret had flown away. However, peering down at the flats below us, I did discover this beautiful scene of nature.
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19 August 2021
Lots of rain again ... all night and a good part of today. While sitting at the computer catching up on various things, I heard a few birds behind me in the yard. So, I grabbed my camera and shot through the window while this thrush-like bird hopped around searching for insects. This bird has spots on its breast and a plain tan-gray back, so I'm not sure what sort of a thrush it is or if it even might be a Veery.
Note of the 20th: A friend kindly wrote to me that it looked like a Juvenal Bluebird. This immediately made sense, because after this bird flew away another landed which was definately a young bluebird. See 2nd photo.
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29 August 2021
Today, we stopped at the Galway Nature Preserve in time to see this beautiful Great Blue Heron taking off for further up the pond. I quickly got three shots, and afterwards was annoyed that I had forgotten to extend my lens out for a closeup. We were on our way out to see if we could site the Sandhill Crane and the White Pelican, rarities for our area. The Crane, common in the prairies, the White Pelican common on the West Coast, have both been seen several times in Saratoga and Montgomery Counties recently.
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4 September 2021
We were at Cohoes Flats today waiting to see if the Bald Eagle would fly down from his perch to pull a fish out of the river. We waited in vain, because he didn't budge. While waiting, a Belted Kingfisher did fly from a bush up onto a nearby wire. She didn't stay put but an instant in either place.
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6 September 2021
Once again at the Galway Nature Preserve we caught sight of a bird from the roadside, perched on a partially submerged tree branch in the pond. After shooting this first photo, we pulled into the parking area and walked through the brush to where we thought we might get a closer look. This Green Heron had flown to a different spot with the sun being blindingly white on the water leaving the Heron in the shadows. Because of the distance, this extreme crop on second photo was necessary in order to get a good look at him/her.
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10 September 2021
A quick drive by the Galway Nature Preserve this morning resulted in seeing Eastern Painted Turtles clustered together on a rotting log. They frequently sun themselves further up on the huge rocks crossing the pond from where these were seen today. Averaging in length between 5 to 7 inches, they love to bask in the warm sun. These turtles are among the state's most common turtle species.
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17, 18 September 2021
On our way to do a bit of grocery shopping today, we stopped by the Galway Nature Preserve for a short walk. Caught sight of a Great Blue Heron across the pond steadily walking towards the north end. Was surprised how quickly he kept going. Then on the following day, we drove by Cummings Pond and saw a bird that I realized wasn't a duck. Since parking along the road at that point is kind of dangerous (cars don't seem to slow down) I hand-held camera because I didn't want to take time to set up the tri-pod. This bird turned out to be a Cormorant. He submerged several times and emerged many feet beyond. He too, was walking-swimming quite quickly.
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19 September 2021
Today we visited a couple new places for us. One being the Mohawk Landing Preserve in the Town of Clifton Park and the other, the Vischer Ferry Dam (Lock 7 Falls and Dam), a New York State Power Authority Project. Due to the great distance at which these photos were shot, a Great Egret at one place and a Common Merganser at the other, they are extreme crops. From the Dam area, you can hike/bike the trail all the way to the Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve, a distance of three and a half miles.
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21 September 2021
Blue sky and sunshine - what a gorgeous day for walking the bird trail at Vischers Ferry. The arrival of this blue jay was the perfect personification of it as we were finishing up our sandwiches at the overlook. I just love the way he looks over his shoulder seeming to say, how long do I need to sit here for you to get a picture?
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