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Encounters

I observed this critter during a slow exploration walk along Gulf Road one afternoon. The porcupine was moving slowly among the upper branches of the tree and seemed oblivious to my presence on the ground.

A regular visitor, well one of three, kept my wife and I amused many a day.

Ermine in its winter coat. This one regularly patrolled the area in search of prey. The coat turns brown once spring rolls around.

The weather was fair, a bit gloomy but there were still opportunities for lots of great views. There were however many more people than I thought I would ever see on top of a mountain! Lots of dogs too, we must have seen 150 people and three dozen dogs!

THE STILLWATER RESERVOIR WAS DRAWN DOWN FOR REPAIRS TO THE DAM - THIS LARGE RIVER BOAT DID NOT GET BACK TO THE MARINA. IT SPENT THE WINTER THERE.

I had hiked down from the Adirondack Railroad tracks to the west branch of the Beaver River, went up stream and there it was, with the sun full on the ice and trees.

This early snow caught several boats still in the Stillwater Flow. Ice is on the river behind them.

A blackberry cane (Rubus spp.) in full fall color stands brightly against the first dusting of snow of the season.

A portrait of one of our native Adoxaceae family shrubs. The berries of viburnum trilobum are edible, yet sour, and mainly enjoyed by wildlife. Nearly identical to its European cousin Viburnum opulus, the sole distinction between the two species being the petiolar glands. On the native trilobum species the petiolar glands are convex (or bulging outwards) while the non-native european opulus species has concave (sunken) petiolar glands.

Exploring the fall woods, I stumbled upon a treasure... chaga (Inonotus obliquus) on yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) !