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  • Parks NY- Bayard Cutting Arboretum
    Bayard Cutting Arboretum is a NY state park located on the Connetquot River in Great River, NY. The land was gifted in 1936 to Long Island State Parks Commission to develop an arboretum which opened in 1954. Today the park is almost 700 acres featuring the Cutting Mansion, relaxing walking paths, and a farm. Featuring:
  • Fall Foliage Update October 23, 2020
    Much of the Northeast is past peak and trees are losing their leaves fast. For this week, southern parts of Connecticut, Long Island, northern to central New Jersey, and Central Pennsylvania are prime for peak foliage. Considering where the foliage is at, recommend locations for this weekend are: Hiking NJ- Mount Tammany and Sunfish Pond Loop (Karamac Trail Parking Lot)- June 2020
  • Fall Foliage Update October 8, 2020
    Northern and highest elevations in Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York are past peak color and quickly losing foliage. Southern New York and Connecticut are prime for color this weekend. Long Island and Pennsylvania are estimated to peak in color next week. Considering where the foliage is at, recommend locations for this weekend are: Hiking NY – Buttermilk Falls (Gorge, Bear and Lake Treman) – July 2020 Hiking NY- Windham High Peak- June 2020 Hiking NY – Lake Minnewaska to Lake Awosting – June 2020 Hiking NY – … Read more
  • Travel Guide – Roadtrip to Maine (Acadia National Park and Portland)
    One of the most beautiful and picturesque New England states, Maine is famous for its rocky coastline, mountains, fresh seafood and lighthouse views. Visiting Maine is an experience on its own with its outdoor activities, dining, fairs, festivals and art galleries.
  • Fall Foliage Update October 1, 2020
    Northern parts and highest elevations in Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York are quickly going to Past Peak conditions. The beauty of fall colors is largely visible from about NY state and further north. Next week will be good for Northern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut.
  • Fall Foliage Update September 24, 2020
    As of this week, areas of higher elevation and further north are showing color in Adirondacks of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Michigan. New to this week are Michigan and Pennsylvania. If you know of foliage map location for additional state(s), please let me know with a comment below to add it to the tracker. Thank you!
  • Parks ME – Acadia National Park
    Acadia National Park, located on the United States’ East Coast, is the 7th most popular national park in 2019 with around 3.4 million visitors. It became a National Park in 1919 under the name of Lafayette National Park and renamed to Acadia National Park in 1929. The majority of Acadia is located within Mount Desert Island and spans across many nearby islands and Schoodic Penninsula. On our trip in 2020, the bus service within Acadia National Park was suspended. While the park gets crowded from 10AM to 2 PM, finding … Read more
  • Photography – Fall Colors – September 2020
    Fall is a fun and photographic time of the year. As the leaves change color, wonderful opportunities appear for artistic freedom. The first photograph is developed using a flash placed behind the leaf to mimic the translucent glow of the sun. Getting the right balance of flash power and shutter speed creates really cool results. The second one was captured early in the morning when the dew is present. For more, see the Photography Album – Nature.
  • Fall Foliage Update September 17, 2020
    As of this week, Vermont is getting close to peak color at many of the popular hiking destinations going into higher elevation. NY state is not far behind in the Adirondacks region. New Hampshire and Maine official maps are not showing much color in their reports and considered suspicious. I would expect Katahdin and coastal areas of Maine to start showing color as well as the White Mountains area of New Hampshire. If you know of foliage map location for additional state(s), please let me know with a comment below … Read more
  • Photography – Milky Way from Acadia National Park – from August 2020
    Capturing the Milky Way is a challenging undertaking that needs to be well planned. There are numerous factors that one has to time just right: Weather conditions – clear skies and low humidity. Higher humidity will add unwanted haze. Time of the year – April through September are the best months. It is impossible to see the Milky Way in November, December and January in Northern Hemisphere; Milky Way is below the horizon and is not visible in the night sky. Moon – preferably on the night of a new … Read more

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