Erie Canal

Oct. 20th, 2014 10:56 pm
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Cohoes Falls, and amazing autumn color.

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Power lines made it impossible to photograph the color on the hills... but they have a beauty of their own, sometimes.

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Fall color along the old canal.

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While walking along they old Champlain Canal towpath today, I came to a spot that looked like someone had swept a broom across the trail.

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Oct. 14th, 2014 09:05 pm
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Squirrel!

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Oct. 11th, 2014 07:38 pm
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Up close and personal with a heron (30 feet, maybe?).

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There's a fungus among us.

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I walked along the old Champlain Canal today, and was astonished to see a total of 9 green backed herons.

Trivia-- this is the canal on which the protagonist of Twelve Years a Slave worked, and I was walking about 10 miles from his home.

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Sep. 24th, 2014 09:34 pm
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Oh look, there are barns in New York!

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Sep. 23rd, 2014 10:02 pm
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One of the good things about life right now is having both time and emotional energy to take better care of myself. Motivation, too, as I bargained with my doctor to redo blood work in 4 months.

Partly because of a friend's comments, I bought a Fitbit last week. I *love* it. I've always been motivated by tracking exercise, and this makes it nearly effortless-- just wear it, and check the numbers. It does have its frustrations, though. Yesterday I commented on its morning greeting as I put it on... and two hours later, it was gone. Attempts to sync told me it was somewhere in my bedroom, but all three of us searched the room, to no avail. Then this morning I put on a pair of jeans I hadn't worn since Saturday, and there it was, loosely clipped to a pocket. The clip is actually tight, but the whole thing is sticky, and once before it had traded garments somehow. I can only guess that I picked up those jeans to hang them on a hook, and brushed them against the 'bit, and it jumped. Ordering a keychain with carabiner tonight instead of the clip!

I'm also biking again, as of this week. Last summer I was so stressed that I barely got on the bike, and earlier this summer I had terrible cramps after my first ride and got freaked out about it. But my doctor had some suggestions about the cramps, and easy access to a bike trail was a real temptation. Two weeks ago I started pedaling around the neighborhood for just a few minutes at a time. Then I took a three mile ride on the trail, nearly all downhill (hubby picked me up at the end). Then it was a four mile loop, and then... yesterday I rode 7.5 miles, and the same again today but with more hills. It feels wonderful! (And if I clip the fitbit to my shoe it still counts as steps.)

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Sep. 19th, 2014 09:04 pm
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I had a lovely close encounter with a Snowy Egret today.

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During our hasty trip to Bennington, we saw a number of painted panthers. This one was my favorite.

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Sep. 8th, 2014 09:56 pm
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Heron along the Erie Canal.

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Sep. 7th, 2014 10:41 pm
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I'm in today's pic instead of taking it. Look-- roses! pipes! me!
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Today, so far: Had an absolutely lovely first Sunday at Delmar Prez, as they call themselves. Not note-perfect, but only one little glitch that anyone actually noticed. Comments: "Wow!" "So nice to hear a real organist!" and "Felt like you've always been here." Reception afterwards with a cake with my name on it, and a punch fountain, how fun! Folk were just incredibly friendly and welcoming.

Afterwards the three of us had lunch at a local restaurant, and it was just utterly perfect: diner-type breakfast menu but with some contemporary twists, and done very well, in a nicely renovated old house; live guitar music amplified just enough to hear, but still easy to converse. We'll go back!

Yesterday evening: one member at Delmar gave us two tickets to see Joshua Bell, and another sold us two tickets, so off we went. Really an excellent concert, and overall delightful experience. The crowd was happy and enthusiastic and very respectful.

Earlier: on Friday I dropped off two prescriptions for Laura. A few hours later she got an automated call saying they were ready. We went to pick them up at noon Saturday-- and discovered that only one was ready. The other couldn't be transferred from Vermont because it's a controlled substance, and they hadn't bothered to call on Friday to let us know. So we found out on Saturday, when the doc's office was closed, and she had only one pill. Pharmacist suggested we might be able to get the doctor to call in an emergency 5 day supply and then mail a paper scrip, but knowing our practice, that would work only if her doctor was the one on call. So I started calling pharmacies in the closest town in Vermont, Bennington-- and the second one I called was open until 6, and able to transfer the prescription. Kid and I jumped into her truck and drove an hour to pick up the drugs. Luckily once they were in hand Laura entirely relaxed; we played tourist going home and made a nice afternoon of it. But it sure would have been nice if someone had alerted us to this kind of problem sooner-- either her doctor in VT before we left, or the pharmacy here!
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Barge on the Hudson.

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Fishing on the Mohawk.

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Sep. 3rd, 2014 09:27 pm
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My pic of the day. I am taking a particular delight in seeing groundhogs, which are amazingly rare in Vermont-- too many large predators, including (but not only) loose dogs. That's a white water treatment tank behind it.

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Sep. 2nd, 2014 10:05 pm
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My daughter spotted this tiny charmer while we were walking-- barely 3 inches long. I think it's an eastern red spotted newt.

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No clue what this hawk is, and I don't know enough about birds of the region to guess, but I'm pleased with the shot.
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