Merry Christmas to one and all.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
On Tuesday December 11, Diana Whiting found the bird and took some photos of it feasting in the juniper bushes.
So for my weekly birding trip decided to travel to Sampson State Park.
Making my way south on Rt. 89 took a detour on the Lower Lake Road. The shoreline was cluttered with Canada Geese and Trumpeter Swans.
At 10:35 AM, Anthony found the Townsend's Solitaire high in a tree towards the Seneca Lake shore. He was able to get some photos. I was able to sight it with my binoculars.
Behind us a group of Cedar Waxwings gathered in a tree along the roadway.
At 3PM Glenn Wilson shared his photos of the Townsend's Solitaire on Cayuga Birds.
Another fun day following the birds.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Photo taken by David Nicosia.
There was one problem with my suggestion. Only knew the birder lived on Powell Road.
Great ride down Rt. 89 on the west side of Cayuga Lake. The leaves were at peak. Driving the length of Powell Road proved unsuccessful. There were no groups of cars along the highway. Saw a couple cleaning up their yard. Asked them if they were aware of a Rufous Hummingbird sighting in the area. Indicated that hummingbirds have been in their yard over the years, but did not know of any recent sightings.
So It goes.
But the day was not a complete lost. Continuing on to Ithaca. We came upon the back door to Taughannock Falls State Park. The parking lot was overflowing. We squeezed into a spot. Along with a multitude of walkers, runners, and hikers, we proceeded to an overhead bridge.
After freshening up at home Joan took me to Doug's for dinner.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Denise Nolin, Maureen Quigley, Agnes Humphrey-Copes, Sandra Karas and Maddy Apple
Having ran off-Broadway for 3,672 performances, audiences are familiar with the story - an emergency at the convent of the Little Sisters of Hoboken forces five nuns to hold a fundraising variety show.
Each time this musical comedy is performed the audience’s parochial schools memories are rekindled. Directed by Ed Sayles, this production was no exception. Joan and I along with a tour bus of senior citizens laughed from beginning to end.
The artistic highlights for Joan and I were Maddy Apple’s (Sister Mary Leo) elegant choreography and Agnes Humphrey-Copes’ (Sister Mary Hubert) booming vocals.
Other shows of the 2012 season:
Kiss Me Kate
9 to 5
My Fair Lady
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
The tradition of leaf-peeping has been one of our passions since Joan and I first got together. Fall is our favorite season. While it is pleasant to observe the leaves near home.
Skaneateles - Guppy Falls - 2008
There is no better place to relish Fall’s magic than in the Adirondacks.
Inlet Beach 2009
Francis Lake 2011
After being unable to purchase a Danny’s sub since the deli was not open at 9AM, we set off seeking the Fall foliage. As we we got closer to the Utica Thruway exit we saw our first indication that it was going to be a good day.
Heading up Deerfield Hill towards the Rt. 8 turn towards Speculator the leaves projected a colorful if somewhat subdued display. After leaving Poland the day cleared and the leaves came out in all their splendor.
Decided to have lunch at the Oxbow Inn. Glad we did. Although the Waiter/Bartender was a one man band, he did good. Our order - California Wrap (for Joan) & Mt. Snowy Burger (for me) - came quickly. Both were appealingly presented and my burger was piping hot. We both commented on how tasting our lunch was especially the crispy fries.
Leaf-Peepers at Oxbow Inn
We stopped at the Speculator Beach. The picnic tables as well as the benches were being used with the exception of one. We sat there for some time allowing our lunch to settle. A little old lady approached us with a smile and a tract. Evidently Friday must be her day for evangelizing. Everyone from the bikers sitting on the bench next to us to the middle-age women eating their lunch on the picnic table behind us cordially accepted her gifts.
Cottage on Speculator Lake
Alien Visits Speculator
Heading out of town on the way to Indian Lake we stopped to rephotograph the Pig Rock.
Before reaching Indian Lake we pulled over to a scenic spot.
Indian Lake Scenic Overlook
Indian Lake Scenic Overlook
Leaf-Peepers at Indian Lake Scenic Overlook
Driving through Indian Lake we looked for the 1870 Bed and Breakfast. We did not locate it.
After turning south at the Blue Mountain intersection we took a pit stop at Blue Mountain Lake. Met a gentlemen from Liverpool. He is a season ticket holder for Syracuse basketball. During our conversation both of us expressed hope that the Syracuse football team would be successful this evening. (They were 14-13.)
Blue Mountain Lake
Blue Mountain Lake
Leaf-Peepers at Blue Mountain Lake
Pulled into Inlet Beach. Checked out our geocache and Holls Inn (Too bad Hans has passed - not the same inn that Joan worked in). After the mandatory visit to the Rochester Bar, Joan picked up some brochures at the Tourist Center and then we headed for Old Forge. Across from the Old Forge Hardware we phoned Doc and Judy. Getting the answer machine we proceeded towards Utica as it began to rain.
Fourth Lake - Geocache
We had dinner at Cavallo’s in New Hartford. The place was packed - the bar with thirty-somethings and restaurant with the Friday fish crowd. Our waitress was excellent. Her service was speedy and efficient. Joan has Chicken Parm and I had Eggplant Parm. Both meals as usual were good Italian.
The drove home went well. Although traffic was heavy everyone moved swiftly without applying pressure. Another great chapter to this leaf-peeping tradition.
Til' next year.