Yesterday was just perfect! We spent the day with family and celebrated my sister’s birthday! We all haven’t seen each other since COVID19 isolation started in March! * We had a lovely afternoon riding the Rail Explorers in the Catskills. The view on the ride was picturesque: sculptures, the mountains, the water... We ended our day picnicking on Bellayre mountain around mid lodge. We drank champagne and more, ate the meals we brought, had birthday cake, and did lots of laughing and chattering. The kids went on a little adventure and hiked up to the top. * Being with family feeds the soul ♥️. #familyislove * #family #catskillsmountains #bellayremountain #railexplorers #outdooractivity #familyiseverything #familyislove ❤️ #healthyfamily #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #lovingoutdoorslife #wellness #sculpttowellness #mrslondons
Morning dew reveals nature’s gifts of patterns and texture and wonder. Last month at Flanagan Prairie.
Sunflower at Wild Things Farm, on this day, was like a reflection of its namesake. 🌻🌞🙂🙏
So yesterday we climbed Street and Nye mountains. Two more knocked off the #46ers list.💥💥 It was supposed to be about 9.3 miles and just 2634 feet elevation gain. So we figured this isn’t too difficult therefore we will start late morning and be done by mid to late afternoon. Well foolishly I took us going up the wrong trail climbing lots of scrambles. After 3 miles we realized we were on the wrong trail. We headed all the way back down to the trailhead and at that point completed 6 miles. Now we were disappointed, a little tired, and hungry. We had a snack, drank water and after much contemplation and me giving @sam_mabel a bit of a nudge to do what we planned 😁, we started our journey to the initially intended peaks which was 10 miles round trip! Let’s just say what we thought will be a short day was a very long one. We ended just at night fall so I didn’t have to use my head lamp 🙏🏽 We did get to capture the gorgeous moon over the Adirondack LOJ. * At the beginning of the trail we passed the beautiful Heart lake. The trail was mostly gnarly, very overgrown and thick at times, and NOT marked. * The markers at the ‘junction’ for Street and Nye are carved in a tree! (see my photos ). Neither had a view at the summit, just a sign with the name of the mountain. * We were happy when we were back at the trailhead and even happier that we checked two more high peaks off our list 😀😀 * Oh and we parked a mile away! All good. What an accomplishment! 💪🏽💪🏽 * #streetmountain #nye #nyemountain #hiking #trekking #adirondack #familygoals #healthyfamily #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #lovingoutdoorslife #fitness #wellness #sculpttowellness #46erjourney #46ers
Photographers’ prop in the sunflower field at Wild Things Farm, with the morning’s first visitors.
Sunflower happiness! The sun sparkling, the bees pollinating. It was a good morning at Wild Things Farm.
The stars came out for us during the Bedford Camera night photography workshop at the Rich Mountain Fire Tower. Always a joy to watch photographers see and photograph the Milky Way!!
One of the last blazing star, in morning light at Flanagan Prairie earlier this month. Always about the light.
High key Sunflowers, Flanagan Prairie early in July. Sometimes, it should be only about the flower...
The weather was perfect today for climbing 3 of these Adirondack high peaks: Iroquois, Algonquin, and Wright done! 💥💥💥 12.3 miles, 4373 feet elevation. We are slowly checking them off our list. We finished way earlier than we predicted even with parking 1 mile from the trailhead. My hiking partner @sam_mabel has endurance of steel ❤️💪🏽 * #algonquinpeak #iroquoispeak #wrightpeak #hiking #adirondacks #familygoals #healthyfamily #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #lovingoutdoorslife #fitness #wellness #sculpttowellness #46erjourney #46ers
Working, existing together. The grass gives a home to the spider, and her web of art catches the dew, and the drops attract the photographer... Flanagan Prairie
”See you next year!” Flanagan Prairie sunflower.
Sparkling dewdrops on strands of a spider’s web... Does the spider have the soul of an artist...?
High key look at blazing star, aka gay feather, at Flanagan Prairie a couple of weeks ago...
Flanagan Prairie: Meadow Pink (prairie rose gentian ) ”People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” ~John C. Maxwell
The little pink wildflower that thinks it is a rose... Meadow pink, aka Prairie rose gentian. Massard Prairie, Fort Smith, last month. ”Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.” ~Daniel J. Boorstin
Blazing star(gayfeather ) at Massard Prairie, Fort Smith ”Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.” ~John Wooden
Vine searching for a host... Rich Mountain. ”Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver. And our world could stand to be a little kinder and braver.” ~Brené Brown
Milkweed seeds, caught up in blazing star, Massard Prairie. "All my life through, the new sights of nature made me rejoice like a child." ~Marie Curie
Well over the weekend I had a Tick! That decided I was going to be it’s next meal. I had not noticed I had a tick on my hip after 9 hours of suppling it with my blood. Ugh! It was gross, painful and I had to go to the hospital to have the head removed from me. I will be doing blood work to make sure I have no diseases due to this tick. 🙈 #tick #lovingoutdoorslife #bloodsupply #tic
Light and shadow, lines and texture. Massard Prairie. ”Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.” ~Alan Alda
Trying out a new lens... Van Buren City Park ”You can observe a lot by just watching.” ~Yogi Berra
Daddy longlegs, just enjoying the evening on Rich Mountain. ”You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” ~Harper Lee
Ivy at Rich Mountain. ”To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” ~Henry David Thoreau
Milky Way two weeks ago, before the fog came in... 🙂✨ ”A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~Albert Einstein
Obedient plant, at Flanagan Prairie in early June. ”I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” ~Ansel Adams
"Live dangerously and you live right." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe gray catbird going for a snack, in my yard.
Flooding at Natural Dam last weekend.
"We don't make a photograph just with a camera, we bring to the act of photography all the books we have read, the movies we have seen, the music we have heard, the people we have heard." ~Ansel Adams High Bank Twin Falls
”To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ~Oscar Wilde. Spicebush swallowtail.
Petit Jean State Park, little waterfall from Lake Bailey.