Van Dyke Preserve

Location. Located in Delmar NY, the Van Dyke Preserve is one of the little gems that the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy protects and maintains. It's a short drive from Albany (Maybe 10 minutes) and has parking for about 10 cars. Length/Difficulty This is a very easy trail with gently rolling hills, however it can be... Continue Reading →

The Bozenkill Preserve. The “Angry” Stream.

The Bozenkill preserve located in Altamont NY is an interesting area. About 30 minutes west of Albany this preserve boasts 214 acres with an additional 400 acres protected by MHLC, and is somewhat remote when compared to some of the other MHLC areas. "Flowing from the Helderberg Escarpment, the Bozen Kill originates from wetlands in... Continue Reading →

Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary

In my previous post, I spoke about the fantastic work that the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is doing so now I would like to begin showcasing some of these beautiful areas. A short 10-15 minute drive from downtown Albany, nestled in the town of Selkirk, lies the Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary. This lovely 134 acre parcel... Continue Reading →

The Amazing Preserves of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.

I love to hike. Love to explore new places. When I find a place in my own backyard- it's even better. In my neck of the woods, Upstate New York, there is this great organization who has protected more than 12,500 acres land and maintains 22 preserves throughout the Capital Region. The Mohawk Hudson Land... Continue Reading →


A little retro iPhone pics from a kayak trip in Turrell Arakansas. Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge. This was an amazing place! It was extremely hot this day, but under the Cypress canopy incredibly cool. Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge This was my first experience kayaking a Cypress swamp and I found it incredible the amount of... Continue Reading →

It’s A Learning Process-2

I have been struggling to get clear shots of our feathered friends since I picked up the camera to try this photography thing. It is very frustrating to try to get everything right, only to have a blurry blob of photomush after. But continued and persistent research and trial and error, I landed upon a... Continue Reading →

Could You Build This?

We see these all the time. But have you ever stopped to think about the effort that goes into making this? No hammer or nails. No saws, screws or other such luxuries. But yet here it is. Sturdy. Strong. Enduring. Somehow they manage to weave random sticks and twigs together. Somehow they make it balance.... Continue Reading →

It’s a learning process

In my last post I wrote about how I needed to figure out all of the buttons and functions of my new camera. Having no photography experience (except the cell phone cameras) it is a little daunting. So I downloaded the manual, and while it did describe the button functions, I still had no idea... Continue Reading →

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