Album Fall Colors 2020

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kwc

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On Sunday we took a hike at the Huyck Preserve southwest of Albany ... this area has several trails and can be quite popular on a sunny weekend. It wasn’t very sunny when we went but there were still a number of people hiking.
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These are part of the upper falls in the preserve. It was certainly not flowing at regular volume due to our dry weather.

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Part of the lower falls. The trail to the upper section of the lower falls was closed because it’s narrow and would be next to important to socially distance.
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some of the trail above the falls ... it winds through some wooded areas before reaching the “lake” (reservoir).
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boardwalk through what is usually a wet area. Pretty dry now.
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wildflower managing to hold on until the first frost
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much of the preserve was once farmland. Since the area was settled in the early 1700s the local stones were used to build fences.
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usually this area is under water. Grass has started to grow now in the dry lake bed
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Evidently there had been some cabins along the lake before it became a preserve, and these were some of what’s left of one of them.

So then we drove to the northern edge of the Catskills to check out the colors.

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vines growing up a tree
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some vivid colors
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lastly, the view from Jackie’s grandparents’ old farm, looking south. Jackie grew up on the side of the mountain off in the distance on a dairy farm. Sadly her folks had to sell the dairy herd by the time I met her. Lots of memories in that area!
 

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The Maples around the homestead have developed some nice colors this year.

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Maple trees have also started to fill in around the pond -- this view held mostly pines when I moved in (they grew naturally, I did not plant them).

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A view up the tree I walk past each morning/evening that sits between the house and garage.

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Often we don't get much for fall color here, but this year we are getting a good show.

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The maples have lost most of their leaves so the beech trees are now turning golden yellow. From today’s hike in the southern Adirondacks.

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An old gas can along the trail. This trail was once the stage coach road between the old town of Griffin and Speculator. There is nothing left of Griffin, no evidence of the tanneries and lumber mills that were once there.
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The trail follows this river for quite a ways. In winter we have watched otters play in the snow and ice on the river.
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This is the East branch of the Sacandaga River. The town of Griffin was along this stretch of the river.
it was a great day to be out in the woods!
 

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Another beautiful day in the southern Adirondacks today so I took a hike into Stewart and Indian Lakes, about a half hour from home.
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Some of the big maples still have their red leaves on them.
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The beeches are turning a nice golden yellow
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Indian Lake ... colors are there but fading. Supposed to rain tomorrow width some wind so I think a lot of the leaves will be gonein a few days.
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Indian Lake ... some color but fading here too. The water level is way dow.
 

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Took in the last blast of color, October 8 in Calgary on the network of mtb trails that I maintain.
More leaves on the trail than on the trees in some spots:
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But, some good patches on intact foliage remained:
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On October 9, a hike traversing the High Noon Hills in the Sheep River valley, usually a prime aspen spot about now. However, due to an earlier than usual change, and recent winds, it was almost done:
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That's it folks- my autumn color show is over!
And...no encore. More windy weather, and a bit of early snow today have sealed the deal.
 

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Some remaining color along the Great Sacandaga Lake ... oaks, maples, and beeches are very colorful!

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The lake level is very low, probably the lowest we’ve ever seen. The sand beaches in the panorama picture are usually under water. The “lake” is actually a flood control reservoir so the level usually drops some but not like this. Hopefully we’ll have a nice snowy winter to help replenish the water level.
 

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Colors up north in the Adirondacks are fading fast so we went south to the northern Catskills for some color.

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This area was once all farming fields but the state bought the land to create a hydro project along the Schoharie Creek. There is a reservoir on the top of the one ridge and then a dam creates another reservoir on the creek itself. At night water from the lower reservoir is pumped up to the upper reservoir and the during the day the upper reservoir releases water down through large pipes to the lower reservoir, the rushing water turns several turbines creating electricity. The state created a state park here as well as a historical park (Lansing Manor). Trails connect the two parks for hiking and x-country skiing.
 
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