Photography – Solar Eclipse – June 2021

On the morning of June 10, the northern hemisphere was greeted with a solar eclipse. For those of us in New York, a partial solar eclipse was visible from sunrise enabling spectacular photo opportunities. This one is taken from Queens overlooking the Whitestone Bridge. The composite was cut short as clouds rolling in took away … Read more

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.


  • River
  • Garden
  • Good Views
  • Seating
  • Flowers
  • Brunch

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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:

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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. … Read more

Fall Foliage Update September 10, 2020

Will try to keep regular updates on the fall foliage reports for the North East Region and expand the reports as I find new data streams. Hope everyone finds this useful to track down parks and hikes with the best color of the week!

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!

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Hiking NY – Buttermilk Falls (Gorge, Bear and Lake Treman) – July 2020

Buttermilk Falls State Park is located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY. It is easy to moderate, 4.52-mile hike with well-groomed trails. Features a heavily used swimming area at the base of the falls. The hike along the gorge has good views of the cascading falls along the hike up towards Lake Treman. Don’t wait till August or later to come here as the falls can dry up late into the season.

Trail summary is per current COVID-19 trail rules regulating the flow of hiker traffic one way around.


  • Lake
  • Waterfall
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming Area
  • Wild Berries
  • Wild Flower

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