An old hayrake was abandoned so long ago, it’s now surrounded by mature trees. Well, pretty mature, some of them  were dropping acorns on my head while I took this picture.






Wesley Hill is a preserve south of Honeoye Lake, managed by the Finger Lakes Land Trust. I like the varied mix of trees – – maples, oaks, black walnuts, shagbark hickories, hemlocks, white pines, red pines.




Autumn, Finger Lakes, FLX, NY, Uncategorized, Upstate New York

Walks Around the Finger Lakes. Wesley Hill, October.


44 thoughts on “Walks Around the Finger Lakes. Wesley Hill, October.

  1. That one red leaf in the second picture really grabs our attention.
    You caught great texture in those two photographs showing the rough tree bark. The first one is especially good because of the contrast with all those yellowing leaves.
    Hope you didn’t get conked too badly by falling acorns.

  2. melissabluefineart says:

    That sounds like a rich forest. These images are absolutely lush. You really feel like you are there, seeing the saturated colors. Feeling the acorn land on your head. You’re sure those trees are mature, throwing acorns like that?

  3. Lovely photos, Rob. That dark and gnarled trunk bark is fascinating. Apropos hollow trees, they might have been homes to woodpeckers or other creatures that once (or many times) lived inside them and gradually dried out. I’m just guessing about that, but it seems logical.

  4. Regarding the variety of tress and the various shades of colours and tones, your area surpasses in beauty anything I have come across with my camera at the Arrow Lakes. Outstanding photography showing fall at the best time of the year, Robert!

    • Thanks so much, Peter. I look forward to the fall foliage every year. The Finger Lakes’ scenery is at its peak in the autumn, and the great variety of trees makes a fantastic spectrum. Overall, it strikes me that it’s a small-scale scenery vs. the large-scale, more dramatic, year-round scenery of your mountains and lakes in the Rockies.

  5. Dear Robert,
    we really like the colours of your pictures and especially the pictures of the confrontation of the hard metal with the soft nature.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thanks very much, so glad you enjoyed the pictures. I encounter old iron in almost every walk in the woods, so much of the forest in NY is second growth, and the land was once farmed.

  6. Very nice walk you took us along on, Robert. The rake reminds me of a huge old iron chain belt I found sticking up out of the ground in the middle of a woods. Maybe part of a logging operation.
    The roughness and aged character of the tree bark is quite a find. Speaks of years experiencing the harshness time that builds strength and character.
    Many years ago I knew someone from Honeoye Falls which I guess must be near Wesley Hill.

  7. Despite all the treats here, the last photo’s my favorite. I love looking through woods; it’s such a rare experience for me, and this is the season when it’s especially nice. The tree with the knobby bark is extraordinary. I don’t remember seeing anything like that, ever. There were a lot of black walnuts in the woods around the cabin I used to frequent, and along the creek beds, but their bark was nothing like this. Of course, they may not have been so ancient. Age does bring wrinkles to us all!

    The single red leaf recalled this, from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Christobel”:

    “The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
    That dances as often as dance it can.”

  8. Good eye on these! It’s looking pretty beautiful in that part of the country. Have you stayed interested in exploring photography as more than just a means to an end? Because you’re not just a thoughtful writer. Hope this finds you doing well. Happy Wednesday.

    • Hi Jason, thanks, Happy Wednesday to you. I don’t think anybody can go wrong taking pictures of fall foliage. Every year there’s some tree or shrub or individual leaf that just rocks.

  9. So many great images, Robert – what a beautiful place. I like the leaf that fell onto the fern and the nutshells as much as those stunning images of light through the trees. And that bark is otherworldly. Happiness is upstate in Fall. 🙂

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