As spring began to hint at its promise of coming after a long, cold winter, I went down to the Vischer Ferry Preserve for a weekend afternoon trek along the Mohawk River. While snow and ice remained all over, the weather had warmed up above freezing for the first time in quite a while. I started at the western entrance off of Ferry Drive (side road off of Riverview Road), continuing to walk west toward the hydroelectric plant and dam.
Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve, located in the northern end of Clifton Park, contains some relatively recently developed trails. You can access it off of Pierce Road, right below Exit 10 on the Northway. While not a huge park, it contains some wetland areas, as well as a couple of long-abandoned cars just off from one of the trails. These images were taken in late December 2014, shortly after a snowstorm.
One March Saturday, we ventured out to Vermont with friends to see sugarhouses during the Maple Festival and watch maple syrup production in action. Unfortunately, with unseasonable cold, the sap wasn’t flowing well yet and most sugarhouses weren’t boiling it yet, but they still put on demonstrations for people to see the process, with plenty of free maple goodies on hand as well.
While learning to cross-country ski at Lapland Lake, I spotted this abandoned old ski lift cable car. The red made for excellent contrast against the white snow and evergreen trees.
Gate entrance to the King’s Garden in the back area of Fort Ticonderoga’s grounds.