Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora in the Pyrolaceae) was peeking up all over under the hemlocks.
There seem to be fewer Gentians (Gentiana sp. in the Gentianaceae) along the lake this year than in the past. (Note on 8/16/07 - many more appeared later.)
I found this gerardia (Gerardia sp. in the Scrophulariaceae) on the lake shore as well.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
My only disappointment was that JKR didn't tell us what jobs most of the surviving main characters end up doing. I guess she is leaving that to our imaginations. But I'm sure she knows.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Today's Lake Placid Sinfonietta performance was at 4 PM so it wouldn't interfere with the ironman race the following day. (I just looked it up - the ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, a marathon, and a 112 mile bike ride. How do they do it?) We really enjoy the small ensemble of talented players. It seems so much more crisp than a big orchestra. We can't believe the season (6 concerts in 6 weeks) is already half over.
Since the concert got out at dinner time and since downtown Lake Placid was reported to be a zoo with all the folks in town for the race, we went to the Mexican restaurant - Desperados - right across from the arts center for dinner. It was really good. Definitely worth a return visit.
And of course, started Harry Potter #7. No spoilers please.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
After he (or she) decided we weren't much of a threat he climbed down and went back to eating the seed that was spilled.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Purple Fringed Orchis (Habenaria fimbriata) in the Orchidaceae
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) in the Caprifoliaceae
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) in the Asclepiadaceae
We also sawMarsh cinquefoil (Potentilla palustris) in the Rosaceae Tall meadow rue (Thalictrum polygamum) in the Ranunculaceae Yellow loosetrife (Lysimachia terrestris) in the Primulaceae
We saw several great blue herons, including this one that landed in a tree near our route.
As you can tell from the map, the river twists and turns but the flow was strong enough it was not difficult to tell which way to head. We paddled to Baker Pond and then turned around, meaning a total round trip distance of about 10.5 miles. Someday we'll start out earlier and go farther, provided we don't run into too many beaver dams. On the portion we traveled we only came across one small dam that we were able to skooch (a technical kayaking term) over.
The vegetation is very different from that upstream. Here the river runs between steep eskers on either side that are topped with huge white pine trees. The river is lined with alders and other interesting vegetation - see the next post.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Those are some of the damselflies and dragonflies the class identified in my Damselfly and Dragonfly training at the Wildcenter today. I even managed to catch one in a net. Hopefully I'll be able to put the training to good use in the Adirondack All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory to be done in a couple of weeks at Paul Smiths' VIC.
And since the training was in the Wildcenter (otherwise known as the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks) and since it was Saturday, which is their bird of prey display day, I was able to take the following owl photos. The first one is a screech owl and the second one is a great horned owl.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) in the Sarraceniaceae
Round-leaved Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) in the Droseraceae
Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides) in the Orchidaceae