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Essex, Ferry View

View of Essex, NY taken from the Essex-Charlotte ferry

View of Essex, NY taken from the Essex-Charlotte ferry (photo credit virtualDavis.com)

Do you recognize our fair hamlet on Lake Champlain? I shot this slightly fuzzy shot today from the Essex-Charlotte ferry while crossing the lake on an atypically balmy November day. It’s a little hard to believe that snow and ice and bone chilling winds are around the corner! Of course, Essex is charmed in all seasons and weather conditions, but today’s “Indian summer” is a full-on challenge to the calendar…

Halloween Dawning


What a spooktacular start to Halloween Monday! We think of goblins and ghouls and the Great Pumpkin on All Hallow’s Eve, but early this morning the pre-sunrise lighting over Lake Champlain was simply spooky. And stunning!

Shoot me your favorite Essex Halloween shot for my creepy collage, coming soon…

CATS: Immediate Trail-work Gratification

Black Kettle Nature Trail “Trailhead Sign” (photo credit: Kathryn Cramer)

The June 18th trail project at the Black Kettle Nature Trail was quite productive. The first thing we did was to put a “Trailhead Sign” by the road because the beginning to the trail, located behind the barn at Black Kettle Farm, had been difficult to find. Then at the end of the morning as we were having sandwiches, a car drove up, hesitated at the new trailhead sign, pulled into the driveway, parked and two people got out dressed in hiking boots and trail clothes. They pulled out walking sticks and packs from the back seat and started walking down the trail to where we were sitting. I asked how they happened to be hiking on this trail and they answered, “We wanted to take a hike this morning and we had heard about Champlain Area Trails so we looked at the website, saw this trail on the list and decided to hike on it. We were uncertain if we could find it though and when we saw the sign, we figured we were here.” As they continued down the trail, we patted ourselves on the back and basked in the immediate gratification of improving the hiking experience for others through the little action of sticking up that trailhead sign. Continue reading…

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South Farm on Lake Champlain

South Farm on Lake Champlain
South Farm on Lake Champlain, Essex, New York.

View of Essex, New York from Lake Champlain overlooking South Farm with the Adirondack Mountains in the background. (via Welcome to Essex, New York)